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Full Title: Advancing Prosodic Transcription for Spoken Language Science and Technology II
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Start Date: 24-Jun-2013 - 24-Jun-2013
Contact: Mariapaola D'Imperio
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Meeting Description: Advancing Prosodic Transcription for Spoken Language Science and Technology II

A satellite workshop sponsored by the Association of Laboratory Phonology, held in conjunction with PaPI 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal, June 24, 2013.


Mariapaola D’Imperio (Aix-Marseille U., France) and Martine Grice (U. of Cologne, Germany)

Invited Speakers:

Amalia Arvaniti, University of Kent, UK
Cinzia Avesani, Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione – CNR, Italy
Sonia Frota, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

This workshop is a follow-up to the first ‘Advancing Prosodic Transcription for Spoken Language Science and Technology’ workshop held in Stuttgart in 2012, in conjunction with LabPhon 13, addressing the challenge of prosodic transcription for research in spoken language sciences and for development of computer speech technologies. In this second workshop we plan to address specific issues, such as:

1. What are the phonological assumptions behind current approaches to prosodic transcription?

2. A transcription system reduces continuous phonetic parameters to discrete units. How does the choice of discrete units and their granularity impact the use of the transcription for different research goals, e.g., concerning phonology, speech processing, sociophonetics, or speech technology?

3. Assuming a distinction between a coarse-grained phonological encoding and a more fine-grained phonetic encoding of prosody, what are the factors that influence the mapping between them, and what role do those factors play in prosodic transcription? Relevant factors include those that relate to the grammatical and discourse context, and situational factors such as speaking rate.

4. In addressing these issues we will consider questions like the following: Which levels of granularity should a transcription system include? Is a universal level of phonetic transcription of intonation possible/desirable? How homogeneous and phonetically transparent should cross-linguistic intonation transcription aim to be?

The format will include presentations by the invited speakers and an afternoon poster session, followed by a round table discussion. Posters will be introduced in the morning session by a one-slide presentation. The aims of the discussion are to address the challenges represented by using different prosodic annotation systems for the purpose of developing large prosodically labelled corpora, and transcribing under-studied languages.
Linguistic Subfield: Phonetics; Phonology
LL Issue: 24.887

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