Biennial Conference on Laboratory Phonology

The biennial Conference on Laboratory Phonology brings together researchers across the many relevant disciplines to present work on the phonological patterns and structures of natural languages. All oral paper sessions are plenary, and are organized to promote discussion across the disciplines. Each session groups together invited and submitted talks on a conference theme and ends with a talk by an invited discussant followed by an open discussion by the entire conference audience. Since the second conference in 1989, there have also been one or more poster sessions, which also are plenary, and there have been satellite events such as parasessions and workshops at some of the conferences as well.

Upcoming Conference: LabPhon16

The 16th Conference on Laboratory Phonology will take place at Universidade de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal, 19-22 June 2018, with 19 & 22 June reserved for satellite workshops. The deadline for submitting an abstract for a paper is November 15 and the deadline to submit a proposal for a satellite workshop is November 1.


Bids for LabPhon17

The Association for Laboratory Phonology welcomes bids to host the 17th Conference, to be held in 2020. Interested individuals and groups are encouraged to make informal contact with the Association President Kenneth de Jong ( to discuss plans. See the Association's posted guidelines for hosting a LabPhon conference.

Past Conferences