Workshop on Usage-based Phonology

We are pleased to welcome you to the first biennial Workshop on Usage-based Phonology (UsePhon;

The workshop will take place on Zoom on July 5, 2020,
9 AM – 12 PM Pacific
10 AM – 1 PM Mountain
12 PM – 3 PM Eastern
5 PM – 8 PM Greenwich

UsePhon is a Satellite Workshop of the International Conference on Laboratory Phonology ( and will take place the day before the main conference.
Recent years have seen remarkable developments in usage-based phonology, including 1) the growth of diachronic corpora allowing for investigation of phonological change in real time, 2) increased sophistication of data analysis methods, 3) increased use of computational modeling for precise implementation of theoretical proposals, and 4) greater integration between usage-based linguistic theory and domain-general learning theory. As a result, the usage-based community has a wealth of new data to discuss and a range of computationally-implemented usage-based models of phonological change to explore. The primary aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers who are engaged in cutting-edge usage-based research on phonological change to identify the data patterns that need to be captured by any plausible model of phonological change, to discuss the independent motivations for alternative mechanisms of change, and to identify the gaps that need to be filled to differentiate among the plausible alternatives.
The workshop will consist of six invited talks and general discussion. Talks and discussion will be captioned.

Speaker line-up
(times are Pacific)
9-9:10 PT Vsevolod Kapatsinski (University of Oregon) & Corrine Occhino (Rochester Institute of Technology) – Opening remarks
9:15-9:30 PT Janet Pierrehumbert (University of Oxford) – TBA
9:35-9:50 PT Rory Turnbull (University of Hawai’i, M?noa / Newcastle University) – Predictability effects and natural selection
9:55-10:10 PT Fabian Tomaschek (University of Tübingen) and Frederik Hartmann (University of Konstanz) – How German words changed during 700 years due to frequency of occurrence and paradigmatic and lexical discriminability
10:10-10:30 Discussion
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:00 PT Susanne Gahl (University of California, Berkeley) – TBA
11:05-11:20 PT Esther Brown (University of Colorado, Boulder) – Lexical frequency effects in words’ production rates: Operating independently or expressing an accumulation of contextual conditioning factors?
11:25-11:40 PT Joan Bybee (University of New Mexico) – Joint innovation: An integrated model of sound change
11:40-12:00 Discussion
12:00-12:30 Optional business meeting

To receive the Zoom password and updates about the workshop, please register here (

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