15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)
Browman and Goldstein (1990, 1995) have outlined an account of the cognitive representation
of words in which phonological and phonetic specification is isomorphic.
Their Articulatory Phonology framework examines
the hypothesis that linguistically significant vocal tract constrictions,
or gestures, are the atomic units of phonological representation.
And, using Saltzman's Task Dynamics model, these gestural units are quantitatively described as dynamical systems. These innovations have led to significant improvements in our understanding of how spoken language is produced and why it exhibits particular qualities and patterns.
The success of this approach has ignited an interest in exploring the range of linguistic challenges to which Articulatory Phonology might rise. There are new frontiers to be explored within the approach and known questions to be considered in new ways.
Bibliographic reference. Byrd, Dani (2003): "Frontiers and challenges in articulatory phonology", In ICPhS-15, 89-92.