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LabPhon16 - Variation, development and impairment: Between phonetics and phonology
June 19-22, 2018, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
Satellite events June 19 and 23.

Variation, development and impairment are intertwined key dimensions for our understanding of language in general, and of phonetics and phonology in particular. Variation occurs across languages and within languages, at every level of sound (and other linguistic) structures, and is arguably not random (e.g., system-related, message-related, speaker-related, climatic-related). It plays a role in sound change, it challenges the task of acquiring a language and of language learning in general (how the relevant units are identified and their form-meaning functions established), and it poses interesting questions in drawing the lines between typical phonological development and impairments.