PoleFon-2018: Field and Experimental Phonetics in Moscow

In October 2018, Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) will be holding a workshop on field and experimental phonetics, “PoleFon-2018”. The workshop will be held on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Sandro V. Kodzasov (1938–2014), an outstanding phonetician and field researcher.

Co-organized by the Institute of the World Culture MSU and by the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (OTiPL), the workshop aims to discuss current studies in phonetics of the languages spoken in Russia, as well as of other languages studied by Russian scholars.

The dates of the workshop are October 19-20, 2018.

Contact us at: polefon2018@gmail.com.
Follow the updates on our web page: http://otipl.philol.msu.ru/~imk/en/polefon-2018/


The program will feature oral and poster presentations, invited lectures and a master class.

Invited lectures by John H. Esling (University of Victoria, Canada) will present the Laryngeal Articulator Model developed by J. Esling and colleagues based on a series of laryngoscopic studies.

Master class: George Moroz (Higher School of Economics, Moscow) will give a master class in basic statistical methods applied to phonetic data using the R software package.


The workshop will focus on field phonetics, instrumental and experimental studies.

Especially welcome are papers dealing with features and phenomena related to pharyngo-laryngeal area (including phonation types/voice qualities; ejectives and implosives; aspiration; segments with laryngeal and pharyngeal primary articulation; pharyngealization, laryngealization, glottalization).

Other topics related to work by Sandro V. Kodzasov, within the general domains outlined above, are also particularly welcome.

Submissions and publication

We invite presentations by scholars of all ages including undergraduate and graduate students. The working languages of the conference are Russian and English. Oral sessions will allow 20 min for presentation + 10 min for discussion.

Abstracts should be submitted before July 31.
(Please let us know if you cannot submit by this date because of fieldwork.)
Notifications of acceptance will be sent to authors before August 31.
Dates of the conference: October 19-20, 2018.

Authors of accepted papers will be able to send an updated version of their abstracts for electronic publication by the beginning of the workshop.

After the conference, authors of selected papers will be invited to submit short articles to the journal «Moscow State University bulletin. Series 9. Philology».

All the expenses (travel, accommodation, meals except coffee-breaks) are at the participants’ cost. Please let us know if you need assistance in finding accommodation.

Abstracts submission guidelines

Please send abstracts in two formats, .doc (or .docx, or .odt) and .pdf, to: polefon2018@gmail.com.

Abstracts should be anonymous. Please specify names, affiliations and electronic addresses of the authors as well as the title of the paper in the body of the email.

Formatting: font size 12 pt, single spaced; page size: A4; margins: 2 cm on each side.

All symbols must be rendered by Unicode characters. It is recommended to use Times New Roman or Charis SIL fonts. If other Unicode fonts are used they should be submitted along with the abstract.

Abstracts are not to exceed 1 page in the given format (approx. 600 words or 4000 characters with spaces), with additionally no more than 2 pages for images, tables and references.

Please specify in the email whether you prefer to participate in the oral or in the poster session.

Organizing Committee

Alexandre Arkhipov
Sergey Kniazev
Olga Krivnova
George Moroz
Inna Sieber
Ksenia Semyonova
Sergey Tatevosov
Leonid Zakharov


Anna Schwarz