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Full Title: 4th Summer School on Speech Production and Perception: Speaker-Specific Behavior

Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Start Date: 30-Sep-2013 - 04-Oct-2013
Contact: Susanne Fuchs
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Meeting Description: The 4th summer school on ‘Speech Production and Perception: Speaker-Specific Behavior’ will be held in Aix-en-Provence from 30 September to 4 October 2013.

Speakers show phonetic differences while producing the very same utterance. These speaker-specific differences occur at various linguistic levels and they can be realized phonetically by many parameters such as voice quality, speech rate, loudness, fundamental frequency, breathing, articulatory behavior, etc. At the same time, listeners can vary in the way they exploit such cues for the purpose of speech perception and understanding.

Speaker-specific behavior has long been regarded irrelevant for linguistic theories and is generally treated as noise in the data. Methodologically, speaker-specific variation has often been ignored in the statistical modelling of speech production and perception data.

However, there are numerous recent studies showing that speaker-specific variation allows for new insights into learning processes, speech planning and speech motor control strategies, processing of linguistic and paralinguistic information, among others.

We seek to link findings from different disciplines by asking the following questions:

- Which speaker-specific behaviors are crucial for a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying speech production and perception and which are less important? What can it tell us? Why?
- Does information about the speaker help listeners to extract meaning?
- Do physical and cognitive differences among individuals matter for native language acquisition?
- How do we deal with speaker-specific behavior statistically?

The invited international scholars have been chosen to address these issues.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

Alejandrina Cristia (MPI, Nijmegen): Speech acquisition
Rodger Mundry (MPI, Leipzig): Statistics
Pascal Perrier (GIPSA-lab, Grenoble): Biomechanics
Benjamin Swets (Grand Valley State University, Allendale): Psycholinguistics
Melanie Weirich (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena): Articulation
Rachel Smith (University of Glasgow): Speech perception and fine phonetic detail

Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order):

Susanne Fuchs (ZAS Berlin, Germany)
Caroline Magister (ZAS Berlin, Germany)
Daniel Pape (IEETA + UA Aveiro, Portugal)
Caterina Petrone (LPL-CNRS Aix-en-Provence, France)
Linguistic Subfield: Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 23.5035

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