Potsdam Phonotactics Workshop: Variability and its Limits

As part of a large-scale project on „Limits of Variability in Language“ at the University of Potsdam in Germany, two sub-projects led by Natalie Boll-Avetisyan and Adamantios Gafos are investigating phonotactics. Specifically, we aim to better understand how experience influences phonotactic acquisition and processing, leading to variability across individuals and across languages, and to what extent experience-independent biases might place a limit on this variability.

The main objective of our workshop is to discuss phonological theories, models and experimental findings, by gathering insights from researchers with different perspectives in the field. Therefore, we invite researchers specialized in experimental linguistics (i.e. acquisition in infancy, language processes and learnability in adulthood), typology, and corpus data.

When & Where

  • 14.-15. March 2024 (half a day each)
  • On Zoom (further details to follow)

Invited Speakers

  • Frans Adriaans, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • Aviad Albert, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Iris Berent, Northeastern University, USA
  • Heather Goad, McGill University, Canada
  • Gaja Jarosz, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
  • Thierry Nazzi, CNRS, Université de Paris, France
  • Steve Parker, Dallas International University, USA
  • Marianne Pouplier, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
  • Geoffrey Schwartz, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
  • Megha Sundara, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Richard Wiese, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany
  • James White, University College London, United Kingdom

Internal Speakers from UP

  • Leonardo Piot
  • Rowena Garcia
  • Shihao Du
  • Stavroula Sotiropoulou


The workshop has four sessions with specialized topics as listed below:

  • Production
  • Typology / Input phonetics and phonology
  • Acquisition
  • Adult representations / Learnability

Each session features 3-4 talks held by our invited and internal speakers and ends with joint discussions dedicated to the corresponding topic of that session. A final wrap-up discussion will be held at the end of the second day. The program is available here.


  • If you are not an invited speaker and would like to attend this workshop, you must first register here.
  • Deadline: 7. March 2024
  • There are no registration fees.


Please feel free to contact our organizing committee if you have any questions under: leonardo.piot@uni-potsdam.de

We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

  • Turgut Ağabeyoğlu
  • Natalie Boll-Avetisyan
  • Shihao Du
  • Adamantios Gafos
  • Rowena Garcia
  • Marc Hullebus
  • Leonardo Piot
  • Stavroula Sotiropoulou


Universität Potsdam Department Linguistik Prof. Dr. Doreen Georgi Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25 Haus 14, Raum 3.33 14476 Potsdam
(+49) 331 977-2968 doreen.georgi@uni-potsdam.de