This workshop is part of the Phonetics and Phonology in Europe 2021 (PaPE 2021) Conference.

A large body of work has documented cross-linguistic prosodic variation in monolingual speech communities. Work on prosodic variation due to contact of two or more languages frequently focuses on the individual, e.g. bilingual prosody and L2 acquisition. However, contact phenomena also occur at the collective level of interaction, i.e. within multilingual communities. Given these are, and have historically been, arguably more numerous than monolingual communities, the impact of multilingualism on prosodic variation is of high theoretical importance. For example, contact-induced variation may challenge the suitability of traditionally applied categories, and the complex interplay of factors in multilingual communities poses questions about methodological approaches and typology. Diachronically, there are questions as to how prosodic effects of contact evolve and whether and how fast these are attrited.

This one-day workshop provides a platform for the growing community of researchers studying prosody in contact to share findings, discuss methodological issues, and debate the theoretical implications of their work. There will be oral presentations and a poster session, covering both synchronic and diachronic aspects of prosody in contact, anchored around the keynote paper and framework discussion. Abstracts for papers are invited on all aspects of prosody in contact languages, including pitch-related, temporal and spectral phenomena, and on all language varieties, including those spoken by diaspora communities. All abstracts will undergo a blind review process and will be selected as an oral or a poster presentation.

Invited speaker

Professor Carlos Gussenhoven
Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Date and location

Date: Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Venue: virtual event (to be held via Zoom) 

Abstract submission guidelines and key dates

Please note abstract submissions are separate from, and in addition to, paper submissions to the main PaPE 2021 conference.

Abstract format: Up to one A4 side, not including references and figures, 
Arial 11, through the workshop website. 
Only one first author paper per person.
Abstract submission opens: 23 December, 2020
Abstract submission deadline: 15 February, 2021
Notifications of acceptance: 28 February, 2021
Abstract submission email: Please submit your abstract on EasyChair 


Registration opens: March 3, 2021

See registration details and fees on the PaPE2021 website:


Dr Mary Baltazani, University of Oxford
Dr Olga Maxwell, University of Melbourne
Dr Elinor Payne, University of Oxford


Thank you for your support of the workshop

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