Phonetic imitation

Phonetic imitation: representation, sound change, and other theoretical implications



Harim Kwon 
Seoul National University
 (Republic of Korea)
Beth MacLeod 
Carleton University
Kuniko Nielsen 
Oakland University
(United States)


Call for papers

A growing body of research on phonetic imitation or convergence has found that imitative patterns are influenced by a wide range of linguistic, social, and cognitive variables (e.g., Babel, 2012; Mielke et al., 2013; Mitterer & Ernestus, 2008; Pardo, 2006; Yu et al., 2013). The purpose of this workshop is to address the implications of these findings for advancing speech perception and production theories, with a particular focus on cognitive representations of speech sounds and sound change. We will further present an overview of the state of the field, highlighting research on phonetic imitation through different frameworks and methodologies.

We invite abstracts on research relating to the theoretical implications of phonetic imitation, ideally considering its connection with phonological representations or sound change. Some possible questions to be explored in the workshop include:

  • What can phonetic imitation tell us about the nature of the perception-production link?
  • Does imitation target specific acoustic / articulatory aspects, abstract representations, or both?
  • What is the relation between perceptual learning and phonetic imitation?
  • How do imitative behaviors contribute to the initiation or the spread of sound change?
  • How do the imitative changes spread across the lexicon and how is the process guided by the
  • grammar?

Note that other questions and topics are also encouraged, as long as they are related to theoretical implications of imitation.

The workshop will include two thematic sessions: 1) imitation and phonological representation, and 2) imitation and sound change. Accepted research will be presented as either (a) an oral presentation of 10 minutes (in one of the thematic sessions) or (b) a poster presentation. Abstracts should not exceed one page (single-spaced, 12pt font) including figures and references.

Submission information

Please submit a one-page abstract (11pt font), including figures and references, to by Friday 15 March 2024 (by the end of the day, Anywhere on Earth time).

Workshop information

Date/Time13:30-16:30, Wednesday 26 June 2024
Location: TBA (but the same place as the conference venue, HIT, Hanyang University)


Abstract submission deadline: March 15, 2024
Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2024
Workshop program announced: April 30, 2024

Contact information

Harim Kwon, Associate Professor, Seoul National University (
Beth MacLeod, Associate Professor, Carleton University (
Kuniko Nielsen, Associate Professor, Oakland University (