Friday working groups
How much of the tone system do you need to know before moving on? What is the goal, and how does it affect the methodology? How useful is the technology and what role does it play? What do we need to believe in analysis? What do you need in order to have confidence in the description? Can we devise a systematic procedure for discovering the tone system? How much do we iterate through the same materials? How much do you revisit the materials after you have a working analysis for them? How abstract do we get, how quickly? How much phonetic detail do we include in the initial transcriptions? What do Africanists vs East Asianists know (and never write down) that others don't? What should we record and how should we use the recordings in our subsequent work?
- Saturday working groups
How much variation do we acknowledge in our transcriptions? How much consistency do we require? What are the inadequacies of IPA notations for marking tone, and what can be done to address these? What are the best ways to use F0 traces in studying a tone language? Could the F0 traces be stylized automatically? What new computational methods exist for working with F0? What laboratory-based technologies will we be able to take into the field? How will we use web-based speech analysis tools once they become available? How could we compile a database of tone exercises? What preparation should students have before being sent to the field? What training do they need re interactions between F0, length, etc? How do we deal with discrepancies between our observations and the published literature? What makes up a tone? What should we do when pitch patterns interact with other phenomena such as phonation, duration, and nasalization? What controls help us identify the invariants? How do we establish the density of tonal specification? How many F0 targets per TBU, per melody, or per morpheme?
- Sunday working groups
Multiple tone heights, tone and phonation/laryngeals, tone and stress/duration, tone and intonation, TBUs and syllable structure, change, phonetics incl articulation, acoustics, perception. Technology, laboratory phonology in the field, fieldwork in the laboratory, pedagogy, transcription practices, narratives from the field.