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Second Language Acquisition of Phonology 2012

University of York, July 6th 2012


Welcome to the archived webpage for the one-day conference on Second Language Acquisition of Phonology held at the University of York, UK, on the 6th July 2012.

Second language phonetics and phonology is a rapidly expanding field, with 20 articles published on "second language" in the Journal of Phonetics in 2011 alone. Since there are few dedicated conferences in this field, SLP2012 will provide a valuable opportunity for researchers to meet and discuss their work. The conference will include a special session on acquisition of phonetics and phonology by English learners of other languages. Since the majority of research into second language phonology focuses on the acquisition of English, we would like to provide a forum for researchers working in the opposite direction to share their findings. Our invited speakers are Rachel Hayes-Harb (University of Utah) and Paul Iverson (UCL).


The conference programme is available here, with links to abstracts and to full papers/talks (if provided after the conference by the author). A printable pdf version of the programme is here.


Alcuin Research Resource Centre (ARRC) Auditorium, University of York. 

Information about how to find the ARRC on the University campus is here and travel directions to the University are here. The University campus is about 2 miles from the centre of York, easily reached by bus (#4 or #44) or taxi (£8 fare approx.) from York railway station.


To register for the conference please send an email to Becky Taylor on or before Friday 22nd June, stating your name and affiliation. The registration fee is GBP£35 for all delegates. Please pay in cash on arrival at the conference (we can also accept cheques drawn on a UK bank, made payable to The University of York). Registration includes a sandwich lunch with fruit, and coffee breaks.

Optional conference dinner: please let us know when you register if you wish to join us for dinner on the evening of the conference. We will make a booking at a cheap/cheerful Italian restaurant in central York where you can order your own food/drink according to your budget.


You may be able to obtain accommodation on the university campus, which is the nearest possible option to conference venue, via the York Conferences Office. Alternatively, a recommended (cheap) guesthouse in central York, which is on the direct bus route to campus, is here. Other accommodation options in central York can be found here.

York is celebrating the 800th anniversary of its charter this year. If you have time to extend your stay we recommend spending some time in our beautiful city. Inspiration for what to do and where to go can be found here.


Please email Becky Taylor if you require additional information.

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Call for papers

Abstract submission deadline: 1st April 2012

Abstracts are invited on any aspect of second language acquisition of phonetics or phonology. Papers considering English learners of other languages are especially welcome. 

·       Abstracts should be uploaded on or before 1st April 2012 to:

·       You should use one of these formats for your abstract: pdf or Word (.doc but not .docx).

·       Abstracts should be no longer than one side of A4 (or 'American letter'), with 2.5cm or one inch margins, single-spaced, and with a font size no smaller than 12pt. A second page may be used for examples, figures and references, if required.

·       Your abstract should be anonymous. You will be asked to submit a version with your name and affiliation on it if your abstract is selected for presentation. Please make sure that you do not use your name in the filename for your abstract, and please erase any details which might identify you in the file that you submit. Use one word from your abstract's title as the filename.

·       If you need to use a phonetic font in your abstract, please either embed it in a pdf file, or use the Doulos SIL font:

Abstracts will be considered for oral or poster presentations. If you wish your abstract to be considered for poster presentation only, please indicate when submitting your email. Oral-presentations will be 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions.

Notification of acceptance: 11th May 2012


Please email Becky Taylor if you require additional information.


Sam Hellmuth & Becky Taylor

Scientific Committee

Ghazi AlGethami, University of York

Rana AlHussein Almbark, University of York

Juli Cebrian, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona    

Rob Drummond, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dan Frost, Université de Savoie

Silke Hamann, Universität Düsseldorf

Sam Hellmuth, University of York

Daniel Huber, Université de Rennes 2

Nancy Kula, University of Essex

Heather Marsden, University of York

John Matthews, Chuo University, Japan

Ineke Mennen, Bangor University

Jen Nycz, Reed College

Anke Sennema, Universität Potsdam

Jane Setter, University of Reading

Ellen Simon, Universiteit Gent

Neal Snape, Gunma Prefectural Women's University, Japan

Beatrice Szczepek Reed, University of York

Becky Taylor, University of York

Christiane Ulbrich, University of Ulster

Sabine Zerbian, Universität Potsdam



This conference is funded by the University of York Research Priming Fund.

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