22-25 January 2014: Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP)

The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) and the Meertens Instituut Amsterdam are proud to announce that the eleventh Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP 11) will take place in Leiden and Amsterdam from 23 to 25 January 2014. It is organised by a group of local phonologists and follows in the line of previous OCP conferences, which have been held in Leiden, Tromso, Budapest, Rhodes, Toulouse, Edinburgh, Nice, Marrakech, Berlin, and Istanbul. Abstracts for presentation as either talks or poster papers can be submitted on any phonological issue (theoretical or empirical).


The conference will be preceded by a workshop on the relationship between phonetics and phonology on 22 January. Everyone attending the conference is very welcome to attend the workshop too. The workshop will take place in the Lipsius building (Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden) in room 003.

Invited Speakers

Adamantios I. Gafos (University of Potsdam)
Silke Hamann (University of Amsterdam)
Alan Prince (Rutgers University)

Wednesday 22 January: Pre-conference Workshop

09:00-10:00        Registration in room 001 of the Lipsius building

VENUE of the workshop: Lipsius / room 003

10:00-10:30        Paul Boersma and Katerina Chládková (University of Amsterdam)
                          How to learn features from phonetic distributions and phonological
10:30-11:00        Katerina Chládková (University of Amsterdam), Titia Benders 
                          (Radboud University Nijmegen) and Paul Boersma (University of
                          Listeners detect phonological features directly from the auditory
                          signal: the perceptual basis of vowel height

11:00-11:30        Coffee break

11:30-12:00        Patrycja Strycharczuk (Queen Margaret University) and Martin
(Leiden University)
                          Resyllabification reconsidered. On the phonetic properties of derived
                          onsets in Spanish
12:30-12:30        Danielle Turton (University of Manchester)
                          Categorical and gradient patterns of lenition in ultrasound data

12:30-14:00        Lunch

14:00-14:30        Yue Sun (LSCP, Paris), Sharon Peperkamp (LSCP, Paris), Maria  
                          Giavazzi (NPI, Paris), Martine Adda-Decker (LPP, Paris) and 
                          Charlotte Jacquemot (NPI, Paris)
                          Substance-free phonology in the brain: evidence from event-related
14:30-15:00        Tobias Scheer (Nice University)
                          Spell-Out, post-phonological

15:00-15:30        Coffee break     

15.30-16.00        Joe Collins and Martin Krämer (University of Tromsø) 
                         Unnatural rules and local conjunctions in Grounded Phonology
16.00-16.30        Zsuzsanna Bárkányi and Zoltán G. Kiss (Eötvös Loránd
                         University, Budapest)
                         Phonological categoricality vs. phonetic gradience: The laryngeal
                         properties of Slovak three-consonant clusters

Thursday 23 January, OCP at Leiden University

09:00-10:00        Registration in room 001 of the Lipsius building

VENUE of all sessions: Lipsius / room 003

10:00-11:00        Adamantios Gafos 
                          Stochastic time analysis of syllable-referential intervals

11:00-11:30        Coffee break

11:30-12:00        Kevin Tang and Yan Lou (University College London)
                          Mandarin Chinese speech perception in noise: phonological
12:00-12:30        Radu Craioveanu (University of Toronto)
                          Spread glottis and [spread glottis]
12:30-13:00        Kevin Schluter (NYU Abu Dhabi)
                          Abstract consonants and morphological relations in subliminal speech
                          priming of weak verbs in Moroccan Arabic

13:00-14:30        Lunch + Poster session I - VENUE: Arsenaal

14:30-15:00        Laura Downing (Gothenburg University)
                          Searching for phonological phrases in Chichewa
15:00-15:30        Gillian Gallagher (New York University)
                          Morphological and phonetic locality domains in Cochabamba
                          Quechua phonotactics
15:30-16:00        Slawomir Zdziebko (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin)
                          Polish segmental alternations as interface phenomena

16:00-16:30        Coffee break

16:30-17:00        Renate Raffelsiefen and Sandra Hansen (IDS Mannheim)
                          Word-final onsets: the evidence from suffix allomorphy
17:00-17:30        Eva Zimmermann (Leipzig University)
                          The egoism of vowels: long epenthesis and mora projection
17:30-18:00        Outi Bat-El and Gila Zadok (Tel-Aviv University)
                          The role of similarity and frequency in inter-paradigm leveling

Friday 24 January, OCP at Meertens Instituut Amsterdam

08:45-09:45        Bus trip from Leiden to Amsterdam

10:00-10:30        Birgit Alber (University of Verona)
                          Microvariation inside typological space
10:30-11:00        Claudia Pons-Moll (Universitat de Barcelona)
                          Prestressing the unstressable. Lowering the unlowerable. An account
                          of prestressing suffixes in Catalan within Optimal Interleaving
11:00-11:30        Christopher Spahr (University of Toronto)
                          Prosodic epenthesis and floating vowels in Estonian quantity

11:30-12:00        Coffee break

12:00-12:30        Martin Krämer (University of Tromsø)
                          Vowel epenthesis in Persian and the coda condition
12:30-13:00        Krisztina Polgárdi (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
                          The representation of Taa clicks: a Government Phonology analysis

13:00-14:00        Lunch at the Meertens Institute

14:00 onwards     Social event in the center of Amsterdam

19:00                  Conference dinner in Amsterdam 

Saturday 25 January, OCP at Leiden University

VENUE of all sessions: Lipsius / room 003

9.30-10:30       Silke Hamann (University of Amsterdam)
                       Mismatches between phonology and phonetics
10:30-11:00     Scott Moisik (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)
                       and Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins (University of Victoria)
                       The embodiment of phonology: phonological potentials and the lower 
                       vocal tract
11:00-11:30     Aleksei Nazarov (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
                       Degrees of representational abstraction in phonology: an argument
                       from learning

11.30-12.00     Coffee break

12.00-12:30     Gaja Jarosz (Yale University)
                       Stochastic, reward-based learning of hidden structure in phonology
12:30-13:00     Giorgio Magri (SFL, CNRS, University of Paris 8)
                       Error-driven learning in Harmonic Grammar: not impossible, bt
                       definitely not optimal

13:00-14:30      Lunch + Poster session II - VENUE: Arsenaal

14:30-15:00      Florian Lionnet (University of California, Berkeley)
                        Doubly triggered harmony in Laal as subphonemic agreement by
15:00-15:30      William Bennett (Rhodes University) and Sharon Rose (University
                        of California, San Diego)
                        Correspondence and Moro [-voice] dissimilation

15:30-16:00      Coffee break

16:00-16:30     Peter Staroverov (Rutgers University)
                       Consonants epenthesis is splitting
16:30-17:30     Alan Prince (Rutgers University)
                       The structure of OT typologies: First Steps

Poster session I: Thursday 23 January 13:00-14:30

Semra Baturay Meral (Yildiz Technical University)
Open /æ/ versus closed /e/ in Turkish: are they really predictable?

Mirjam de Jonge (University of Amsterdam)
Neurophysiological evidence for phonological primitives

Guillaume Enguehard (Paris 7)
Is stress a phonological primitive?: a contribution form Old Norse

Martin Krämer (University of Tromsø)
Vowel epenthesis in Persian and the coda condition

Borana Lushaj (Leiden University)
Contact outcomes and the role of external ecoloties in Arberesh

Grzegorz Michalski (Adam Mickiewicz University in Prozna)
Magic and appendicitis: formal restrictions on supernumerary consonants at word edges in English

Péter Rebrus and Miklós Törkenczy (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Monotonicity and the typology of front/back harmony systems 

Stavroula Sotiropoulou (University of Potsam)
Initiation of nucleus vowels in English syllables with complex onsets 

Maria del Mar Vanrell (Freie Universität Berlin) and Ingo Feldhausen (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt and LPP-Paris 3)
A unifies Optimality Theoretic approach to focus and word order in Catalan and Spanish

Connor Youngberg (SOAS, University of London)
Capturing Coalescence in Owari Japanese through Government Phonology

Poster session II: Saturday 25 January 13:00-14:30

Bartolomiej Czaplicki (University of Warsaw)
On base transparency and productivity: Polish adjectivizing suffixes

Quentin Dabouis, Jean-Michel Fournier and Marjolaine Martin (Université de Tours)
Testing parameters for stress placement: the case of disyllabic prefixed verbs/noun pairs 

Maciej Machnicki (University of Warsaw)
vowel reduction and its effect on the European Portuguese syllable structure

J. Joseph Perry (University of Cambridge)
Yixing Chinese tone sandhi: phonological explanations and syntactic applications

Stefanie Ramachers, Paula Fikkert and Carlos Gussenhoven (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Perception of the East-Limburgian Dutch lexical tone contrast by Dutch 6-to-12-month old infants

Anthi Revithiadou, Giorgos Markopoulos and Polina Messinioti (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Gliding under turbidity

Nina Topintzi (Universität Leipzig) and Stuart Davis (Indiana University)
Edge geminates: weight typology and asymmetries (alternate talk)

Laurence Voeltzel and Ali Tifrit (Lling, Université de Nantes) 
Spirantization as a templatic process in Icelandic


The abstracts of most talks can be found on the conference website.


It is now possible to register for the 11th Old World Conference in Phonology. Conference fee is 100 euro and includes a conference bag and folder, coffee, tea, three lunches, and a bus drive from Leiden to Amsterdam. For (PhD)students there is a reduced fee of 80 euro.
On Friday 24 January, the conference dinner will be held at a nice location in the centre of Amsterdam. Dinner fee (optional) is 35 euro. Also on this Friday it will be possible to do either a guided city tour through Amsterdam or visit a museum in Amsterdam. Extra costs for this social program are 15 euro.

To register, both for the conference and for the social program and dinner, you can follow this link. A 'paylogic' window will open where you can select your choises, leave your details and pay with credit card or IDeal (for Dutch participants).
If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please contact the conference assistant Anne Rose Haverkamp.

Visit to Amsterdam

On Friday afternoon there will be no talks. Instead, all participants will have the opportunity to visit the centre of Amsterdam. It will be possible to join a guided walking tour through the centre of Amsterdam or to visit one of the famous museums that Amsterdam has to offer. You can choose between the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum.

Conference Dinner

On Friday evening, a conference dinner is organised. We will have a three-course meal at the Brasserie Harkema. There are three options, as you can see on the menu. Please let us know in advance what you would like to eat.

Organising Committee

Chair: Björn Köhnlein
Reviewing manager: Peter Jurgec
Secretary: Francesco Torre-Tamarit
Bert Botma
Varun DeCastro-Arrazola
Ben Hermans
Frans Hinskens
Claartje Levelt
Kathrin Linke
Etske Ooijevaar
Nina Ouddeken
Marc van Oostendorp
Marijn van 't Veer

Travelling to Leiden

Leiden is a relatively small city in the west of The Netherlands, between the capital Amsterdam and The Hague, the Dutch seat of Government. For international visitors, it is easily reached by air, railway and road.

Arrival by plane
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the main international airport of the Netherlands, and a major air hub in Europe. To and from Leiden, the train is the easiest way of travelling to the airport, which takes approximately 15 minutes. Trains leave in both directions every fifteen minutes between 6 am and midnight, and about every hour at night. You can easily plan your train journey by checking the schedule online.

Arrival by train
Leiden can be reached on international trains via major cities in its proximity such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. These cities are services by two high speed train connections: to the south to Brussels and Paris (also connecting to London) and to the East to Koln and Frankfurt, as well as regular speed international train connections to most other major cities in Europe. You can find train schedules online.

Arrival by car
Leiden is located between the A4 and A44 motorways. Although the small city centre is a pedestrian-only area, visitors will find parking facilities just outside this are, and all venues will be within walking distance.

More information
For more information, see the website of Leiden's Tourist Information.


All participants are kindly advised to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
You may find the following website useful for booking hotels in and around Leiden: http://www.hotels.nl/leiden/.

Please try to book your hotel room well in advance. Leiden receives many international visitors throughout the year, and many hotels may be fully booked.

Some hotels convenient to the conference location are listed below:

HotelNieuw Minerva
Boommarkt 23
2311 EA Leiden
phone: +31-(0)71-5126358
fax: +31-(0)71-5142674
e-mail: hotel@nieuwminerva.nl
website: http://www.nieuwminerva.nl/en/

Hotel de Doelen
Rapenburg 2
2311 EV Leiden
phone: +31-(0)71-5120527
email: hotel@dedoelen.com
website: http://www.dedoelen.com/

De Doelen offers guests a free breakfast if they attend the OCP 11 (please state that when you are booking your room). Standard rooms are 85 euros, luxurious rooms 95 euros.

IBIS Leiden Centre
Stationsplein 240-242
2312 AR Leiden
phone: +31 71 5160000
fax : +31 715120990
website: http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-8087-ibis-leiden-centre/index.shtml

Ibis Leiden Centre also has an offer for OCP particpants that book before 20 December: a reduced rate of 84 euros per night (excl. breakfast). It is important that you use the following code when you are booking your room: LEID220114.

Other options for accommodation can be found on this list.

Conference Website

Click here to visit the conference website.

Last Modified: 21-01-2014