Yan Dong and San Duanmu gave a presentation at the 19th Mid-Continental Phonetics and Phonology Conference (MidPhon 19) held at the University of Wisconsin in September. In their presentation, titled "Elastic Word Length in Classic Chinese", they investigate the early origins of so-called "elastic word length" in Chinese. In Chinese, many monosyllabic words have longer disyllabic forms that are used interchangeably with the monosyllabic form. Earlier research has claimed that elastic word-length is a relatively new phenomenon that was introduced as a method for maintaining lexical contrast after the loss of segmental contrasts resulted in the creation of homophones. In their paper, however, Yan and San show that elastic word length was a property even of Classic Chinese, and that it therefore predates the loss of segmental contrast. They argue that elastic word length is an integral part of the grammar of Chinese, motivated by prosodic considerations, rather than by contrast preservation. Since their abstract contains Chinese characters, we cannot include it on this page. A copy of the abstract, however, is available.