Conference information

In light of current projections for social distancing needing to last for multiple months to come, the LabPhon 17 organizers have made the decision to go 100% virtual for LabPhon 17. We have lots of ideas and thoughts about how to make this work as well as it can, though, of course, we are still hashing out what that plan will actually look like. 

A few things that we can tell you:

  1. Registration for the main conference will become completely free for LabPhon members. Anyone who has already registered will by default receive a refund for the portion of their registration that was for the conference itself (not their membership). If you paid for membership as part of your registration and would also like your membership refunded, please contact us at, and we will process that as well.
  2. Similarly, all hotel bookings through the official LabPhon accommodations block will be fully refunded. To cancel your accommodations and get your refund, please contact the UBC Reservations Department at or 1-800-822-1000. They would appreciate it if cancellations can be made as soon as possible.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions we can help with; we will of course be in touch with more concrete details as they become available.

For now, we have left the rest of the information on this website unchanged (e.g. travel & reservation information), but this will be updated shortly to reflect the new format of the conference.

LabPhon17, the biennial conference of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, will be held July 6–8, 2020 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC in Canada.

Registration for the conference is now open! You can access the registration website via this link. Please remember: the early bird deadline for registration is May 31, 2020.

The theme of the conference is:

Laboratory Phonology on the Margins

Not every speaker, community, or data point is at the peak of a distribution. Many communities, individuals, and phenomena are on the tails. The theme of this LabPhon is on these tails, these empirical phonological phenomena that are often understudied and overlooked in data collection and theoretical frameworks. Our phonological theories need to be informed by these understudied patterns, and we seek contributions to the conference that address these patterns and populations that are often left on the margins.

Planned timeline

First call for papers & satellite workshops: June 2019
Deadline for submission of satellite workshop proposals: September 1, 2019
Satellite workshop proposal notification of acceptance: September 10, 2019
Deadline for abstract submission: November 1, 2019 November 8, 2019

Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2020
Deadline for sharing first draft of oral presentations with discussants: ~ May 2020
Conference dates: 6–8 July 2020
Satellite events: 5 July 2020 and 9 July 2020

Please see this page for our contact details. The email address for the conference organizers is


About the LabPhon17 Logo

The LabPhon17 logo is intended to convey both the location and the themes of the conference. The location is reflected in the use of Vancouver’s iconic mountain (green) and ocean (blue) views, with the mountains specifically imitating the local peaks known as “The Lions.” The sun at the edge of the mountains is also reminiscent of the BC flag. The general Laboratory Phonology theme is reflected in the visual metaphor of the mountains and sea imitating a typical waveform, representing the sounds of languages. The specific theme of LabPhon 17, Laboratory Phonology on the Margins, is reflected in the sun’s light shining at the “margin” of the “distribution” of the mountain peaks.

The logo was designed by a user called overmind working through