IPA News

30 May 2021

The International Phonetic Association is offering IPA Student Awards to student members of the Association attending conferences (virtual or physical) in 2021. Student members of the Association attending international conferences/symposia/workshops on the phonetic sciences are eligible to apply.

ipa-supportAwards will cover the student registration fees up to a maximum of 200 Euros per award. The IPA aims to support as many students as possible within the budget allocated for Student Awards. Priority will be given to students presenting their research at conferences; for students participating at conferences as auditors, awards will be made on a first come, first served basis. Applications for IPA membership can be lodged via our website here. The same webpage gives a full list of member benefits.

To apply for an Award, eligible members of the IPA should log in to the website with their membership details and fill in the application form. Applications need to be submitted at least two weeks prior to the conference. Students presenting their research should upload their abstract and notification of acceptance. The registration fees will be reimbursed after the completion of the event and upon receipt of confirmation of participation at the conference. This will include photographs or screenshots that can be posted on the IPA social media.

18 Nov 2020

The IPA is saddened to announce the death of our former member Professor Erik Charles Fudge. He died on 14th November at the age of 86, having tested positive for COVID-19.

Erik Fudge

He gained his PhD at Cambridge in 1967, and his long teaching career in Britain included posts at the Universities of Edinburgh, Hull and Reading. Many phoneticians and phonologists will remember him as the editor of a once widely-used anthology Phonology: selected readings, published by Penguin in 1973. He was an early commentator on generative phonology, and among his many papers and reviews are several relating to word and syllable structure and stress. This interest led to his remarkable and highly original work English Word Stress (1984), which was re-issued as recently as 2015.

The IPA sends condolences to his widow, Heather, and to their children and grandchildren.

14 Sep 2020

The International Phonetic Association is offering IPA Student Awards to student members of the Association presenting or attending conferences (virtual or physical) during the academic year 2020-2021. Student members of the Association attending international conferences/symposia/workshops on the phonetic sciences are eligible
to apply. Proof of student status needs to be submitted with the application.

Awards will cover the student registration fees up to a maximum of 200 Euros per award. For conferences taking place in Autumn 2020, the early bird or standard fees will be funded; for events in 2021, the early bird registration fees will be covered. The IPA aims to support as many students as possible within the budget allocated for Student Awards. Priority will be given to students presenting their research at conferences; for students participating at conferences as auditors, awards will be made on a first come, first served basis. Applications for IPA membership can be lodged via our website at:
https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/content/membership

This same web-page gives a full list of member benefits. To apply for an Award, eligible members of the IPA should send to the Secretary (Gerry Docherty, secretary@internationalphoneticassociation.org) and to the Chair of the Conference Sponsorships and Student Awards Committee (Katerina Nicolaidis, knicol@enl.auth.gr) an email that states their name, current academic affiliation, proof of student status, and the name and email address of an academic supervisor. For students presenting their research, the email should be accompanied by the abstract that has been accepted for presentation. The registration fees will be reimbursed after the completion of the event and upon receipt of confirmation of participation at the conference. This will include photographs or screenshots that can be posted on the IPA social media.

24 Aug 2020

The IPA is saddened to announce the death of John J. Ohala, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, President of the IPA 1995–1999.

Among other honours he was a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, the Linguistic Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Speech Communication Association.

Long-time friend and colleague Ian Maddieson writes:
The field of phonetics has lost another of its giants. John Ohala died at home in Berkeley, California, on August 22, 2020. John’s contributions were enormously influential. He persistently advocated for an integrated view of phonetics and phonology and for a solid experimental foundation for any claims made. He argued for the importance of the role of the listener in sound change, for the necessarily physiological foundation of many phonological patterns, and for the encoding of ethological values in phonetic form. He was a superb experimentalist, creating tools to do the job when none previously existed. John founded the Phonology Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, when he joined the faculty in 1970 and continued in that role until his retirement in 2004. He was President of the IPA from 1995–1999, and organized the first International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP) in 1991 at Banff, Alberta and the 14th International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences in San Francisco in 1999, among many other services to our discipline. He is survived by his wife Manjari, a noted phonetician in her own right, and is mourned by his many friends and admirers.

27 Jun 2020

IPA members now enjoy online access to the entire back catalogue of the Association's journal from its inception in 1886, hosted on JSTOR. For the first three years it was called The Phonetic Teacher, and from 1889 to 1970 it was Le Maître Phonétique — commonly known as MF [ˈɛm ˈɛf]. Go to
https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/member/jipa-online
The early issues present the interesting linguistic challenge of reading several languages — differing varieties and styles of English, French and German, for instance — in all kinds of experimental transcription. The journal continued to be printed in phonetic symbols until the last MF in 1970.

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