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Full Title: Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and Other Non-Verbal Vocalisations in Speech

      
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Start Date: 26-Oct-2012 - 27-Oct-2012
Contact: Juergen Trouvain
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.coli.uni-saarland.de/conf/laughter-12
Meeting Description: Following the previous workshops on laughter held in Saarbruecken (2007) and Berlin (2009), we have the pleasure to announce a forthcoming workshop in Dublin in October 2012.

The studies of non-verbal vocal interaction is proving to be important in many research areas such as phonetics and discourse analysis, and also in more technology-oriented fields such as social signal processing and human behaviour understanding. Previous research has shown that laughter and other nonverbal vocalisations (e.g., breath sounds, yawning, sighing) have important functions in social interaction, for example, giving feedback, signaling engagement, and regulating turn-taking. However, much of the phonetic characteristics of non-verbal vocalisations, and the relationship between social functions and non-verbal vocalisations is still unknown.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together scientists from diverse research areas and to provide an exchange forum for interdisciplinary discussions in order to gain a better understanding of laughter and other non-verbal vocalisations. The workshop will consist of invited talks, oral presentations of ongoing research and discussion papers.

The keynote speakers are Marc Mehu (Swiss Center for Affective Sciences) and Jens Edlund (KTH Stockholm).

The workshop is supported by SSPnet (http://sspnet.eu/).

Registration:

Attendees are asked to register by email trouvain (at) coli.uni-saarland.de before 1 October 2012. A registration fee of 30 Euros has to be paid on site (in cash).

Venue:

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Website:

http://www.coli.uni-saarland.de/conf/laughter-12

Organizers:

Nick Campbell, Trinity College Dublin
Juergen Trouvain, Saarland University
Khiet Truong, University of Twente
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Phonetics; Pragmatics
LL Issue: 23.3120


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