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Thu Mar 23 2006

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        1.    Marc Swerts, Special Session on Visual Intonation


Message 1: Special Session on Visual Intonation
Date: 21-Mar-2006
From: Marc Swerts <m.g.j.swertsuvt.nl>
Subject: Special Session on Visual Intonation


Special Session on Visual Intonation
Short Title: Visual intonation

Date: 17-Sep-2006 - 21-Sep-2006
Location: Pittsburgh (PA), USA
Contact: Marc Swerts
Contact Email: m.g.j.swertsuvt.nl
Meeting URL: http://foap.uvt.nl/is2006/

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Introduction

Traditionally, the study of prosody focussed on suprasegmental features such as
intonation (speech melody), rhythm, tempo, loudness, voice quality and pausing
that are encoded in the speech signal itself. However, when people speak they
generally do more than merely produce suprasegmental variations, they may also
use facial expressions or arm and body gestures to support what they are saying.
In recent years various researchers have started to explore the contribution of
these visual cues to communication. There is a growing awareness that verbal and
visual prosody are closely intertwined, and collectively provide utterances with
'extra' information that is often not explicitly contained in the lexical and
syntactic make-up of a sentence, such as cues to information structure,
feedback, turn-taking, or emotional or attitudinal aspects of utterances.

Goal

This special session brings together researcher working on all aspects of
audiovisual prosody. We aim to bring together researchers from different
disciplines (including speech scientists, psychologists, computer scientists and
linguists) to create a better understanding of how visual and verbal prosody
connect, and what the main outstanding issues are.

Format

The special session will consist of a number of selected 15 minute
presentations, sandwiched in between an introduction to the field of audiovisual
prosody and a final round up.

Topics

Topics for this special session include:

Functions of audiovisual prosody
Automatic audiovisual analysis tools
Relation between visual and verbal prosody
Developmental aspects of audiovisual prosody
Cross-cultural differences in audiovisual expressivity
Psychological models for audiovisual speech production and perception

Session co-chairs

Emiel Krahmer, Tilburg University, E.J.Krahmeruvt.nl
Marc Swerts, Tilburg University, M.G.J.Swertsuvt.nl

Submission procedure

Papers for the Visual Intonation workshop will go through the regular conference
review process. Please note that the deadline for submission of 4-page full
papers is April 7, 2006. Paper submission will be exclusively through the
conference website, using submission guidelines to be provided.
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will be notified by e-mail of the paper status by June 9, 2006. Minor updates
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