4th international symposium on rhotics.

Call for papers


The goal of the R-atics conference is to gather international experts working on phonetic, phonological and socio-geographic issues of rhotics in the languages of the world. There will be a special session on « rhotics in dialectological atlases ». We invite contributions dealing with this particular issue, as well as all other issues concerning r sounds, such as (but not exclusive to) :

  • the diversity of r realisations
  • the socio-phonetic aspects of r realisations
  • the production of rhotics in a language or in a language family
  • the perception of rhotics in a language or in a language family
  • the description of rhotics in the world's languages
  • the phonological status of r sounds
  • issues in the acquisition of rhotics in L1 and L2
  • aspects of corrective phonetics in the pronunciation of r sounds
  • r sounds in clinical phonetics


Invited speakers
  • Prof. Ronald Beline Mendes, Universidade de São Paulo (Brasil)
  • Dr. Chiara Celata, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pise (Italy).
  • Prof. Fang Hu, University of Beijing (China).
  • Prof. Ian Maddieson, University of New Mexico and University of California, Berkley (USA).


Abstracts should include 500-1000 words (excluding bibliographic references). They should be sent in RTF, DOC, DOCX, ODT or PDF format to ratics4@gmail.com before the 1st June 20th July 2013. Authors should indicate the names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of all authors either directly in the abstract or in the text of the e-mail. They should also specify the preferred type of presentation (oral, poster, indifferent).