12/13: International Linguistic Association – Monthly meeting

//edit: see end of post for a map of the location.

The third presentation of the 2008 Fall semester will be on Saturday,
December 13, 2008 at 11 AM at the Thurgood Marshall Room, 80 La Salle
Street, New York, NY 10027 (between 123rd and 125th Streets, between
Amsterdam and Broadway. The building is the 2nd in a series from
Amsterdam and the 3rd from Broadway at La Salle St., four blocks north
of Columbia Teachers College).

Celeste Sullivan, Ph.D., of Southern Connecticut State University, will be giving a lecture entitled “Variation in Intonation Patterns According to Language and Social Context in Lahore.”

A preliminary survey of language use in Lahore, Pakistan was done as
dissertation research between 2001-2003. The main languages there are
Punjabi, Urdu, English and Arabic. The survey consisted of
observations, a few questionnaires, and tape recordings. The tape
recordings were analysed after 2003 using the BLISS acoustic analysis
program developed by John Mertus at Brown University. Intonation
emerged as an important variable in speech. This paper gives an
outline of important features of intonation in speech in Lahore and
environs, and a preliminary accounting for the distribution of these
features in speech contexts and interactions across the community.

Q and A will follow the lecture, and all are welcome to attend.

For more information about the International Linguistic Association
and the monthly meetings, please visit their website.

Click here to download the event flyer.

Here is a picture of the event location – it’s rather difficult to find.