LINGUIST List 11.609

Sat Mar 18 2000

FYI: Speech Prosody Group, Summer/Cognitive Science

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  1. Daniel Hirst, Speech Prosody/SProSIG: an ISCA Special Interest Group
  2. CogSci Summer School, Summer School: Cognitive Science - CogSci 2000/ Sofia, Bulgaria

Message 1: Speech Prosody/SProSIG: an ISCA Special Interest Group

Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 14:04:56 +0100
From: Daniel Hirst <>
Subject: Speech Prosody/SProSIG: an ISCA Special Interest Group


ISCA, The International Speech Communication Association, (formerly ESCA):

has just approved the creation of SProSIG: a Special Interest Group
(SIG) on Speech Prosody.

The creation of SProSIG was supported by 72 founder members from 23
different countries (Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland,
France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland,
Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UK,
USA, Venezuela).

Membership of the group is open to anyone with a scientific interest in
research on the prosody of human speech. Elections will be held during
the coming year to nominate officers. Until the first elections the
following acting officers have been nominated:

 Chairman: Daniel Hirst
 Secretary: Bernard Bel
 Liaison officer: Nick Campbell

The aims of SProSIG are to promote the study and diffusion of knowledge
about Speech Prosody in general in a number of ways, including:

+ dedicated web pages
+ a regular email Newsletter
+ a bibliographic database
+ organisation of workshops on specific themes
+ helping to co-ordinate sessions on prosody in International meetings
(Interspeech, Eurospeech, ICPhS, ICL etc.)

It is also hoped that the International nature of the SIG will provide a
means for diffusing information both to and from the different language
communities involved in research on various languages.

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Message 2: Summer School: Cognitive Science - CogSci 2000/ Sofia, Bulgaria

Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 12:52:28 +0200
From: CogSci Summer School <>
Subject: Summer School: Cognitive Science - CogSci 2000/ Sofia, Bulgaria

We would like to remind you that the deadline for application is April 3rd.

 7th International Summer School
		 Cognitive Science

 Sofia, New Bulgarian University, July 10 - 30, 2000


... Distributed representations and gradual learning processes in cognition -
Jay McClelland (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
... Connectionist models of language processing - Jeff Elman (University of
California, San Diego, USA)
... Brain Organization of Human Memory and Thought - John Gabrieli (Stanford
... Cognitive Development - Graeme Halford (University of Queensland)
... The Human Conceptual System - Lawrence W. Barsalou (Emory University)
... Topics in Vision Science - Stephen E. Palmer (University of California,
... Cognitive Science: A Basic Science for an Applied Science of Learning -
John T. Bruer (James S. McDonnell Foundation)
... Psychological Scaling - Encho Gerganov (New Bulgarian University)
... Research Methods in Psycholinguistics - Elena Andonova (New Bulgarian
... Research Methods in Memory and Thinking - Boicho Kokinov (New Bulgarian

Organised by

New Bulgarian University, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and Bulgarian
Society for Cognitive Science

Sponsored by the Open Society Institute in Budapest - HESP Program

 International Advisory Board


Participants will be selected by a Selection Committee on the bases of
their submitted documents:
... application form (see at the Web page),
... CV,
... statement of purpose,
... copy of diploma; if student - academic transcript
... letter of recommendation,
... list of publications (if any) and short summary of up to three of them.

Apply as soon as possible since the number of participants is restricted.

For more information look at:
 Housing and Fees

The Organizing Committee has been able to sign a contract with a
hostel/dormitory and is able to provide accommodation at very favorable
prices. However, the participants have to pay the whole sum in advance to
the organizing committee. This fee includes accommodation and full board
for the period July 9-31, as well as participation in all courses,
participant symposia, panel discussions, student sessions. We will offer
alternative possibilities for accommodation in single rooms in 2 and 3 star
hotels at higher prices.

The meals for all participants will be together independently of the
accommodation choice thus allowing for better social interactions and
continuation of the discussions started in classes.

The registration fee which includes accommodation and meal for 3 weeks
(from the evening of July 9 till the Morning of July 31st), two bus trips,
reception, teaching materials and tuition are the following:
... hostel "CIURK"	USD 630
... **Hotel	USD
... ***Hotel 	USD

Financial Support

Soros' Open Society Institute - Budapest has kindly provided support for
young faculty members from Central and Eastern Europe (Poland, Hungary,
Czech Republic, Slovakia, Rumania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Yugoslavia,
Albania, Macedonia) as well as from the former Soviet Union (Russia,
Belorussia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Armenia, Uzbekistan,
Kazahstan, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Kirgistan, Azarbedgian, Moldova). The
scholarships cover tuition, travel, and living expenses. Participants from
other countries should find locally support for their participation.

Deadline for application: April 3rd
Notification of acceptance: April 24th.

 Methods of Payment

Bank transfer to:
New Bulgarian University - CogSci2000,
Bank account 11-600-52-913,
Raiffeisen Bank, Sofia, 18-20 Gogol Street,
Bank code: 155-91-550,
(transfer fees should be prepaid).

Check made payable to New Bulgarian University (add USD10 processing fee)

Pay in cash (in USD only) at on site registration, in this case add USD100
for late registration.

 Cancellations and Reimbursement

If you cancel your registration before June 30 you will be refunded with a
15% reduction, afterwards no refunding will be possible.
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