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Calls: Phonetics/USA

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Message 1: Very-Large-Scale Phonetics Research
Date: 15-Oct-2010
From: Jiahong Yuan <jiahongling.upenn.edu>
Subject: Very-Large-Scale Phonetics Research
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Full Title: Very-Large-Scale Phonetics Research
Short Title: VLSP 2011

Date: 28-Jan-2011 - 31-Jan-2011
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Contact Person: Jiahong Yuan
Meeting Email: jiahongling.upenn.edu
Web Site: http://www.ling.upenn.edu/phonetics/workshop/

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

Call Deadline: 21-Nov-2010

Meeting Description:

Today, advances in networking, computation and mass storage are
promising a new revolution in phonetics research: a movement from the
study of small, mostly artificial datasets to the analysis of published corpora
of natural speech that are thousands of times larger. To welcome and
promote this revolution, we are organizing a workshop on new tools and
methods for Very-Large-Scale phonetics research, as part of a newly
awarded NSF grant. The themes of the workshop include: integration of
speech technology in phonetics studies (including software to facilitate
teaching and research); variation and invariance in large speech corpora;
and revisiting classic phonetic and phonological problems from the
perspective of corpus phonetics.

The last day of the workshop (January 31st) is for those interested in
discussing development of tools suitable for teaching acoustic-phonetic
analysis to beginners while allowing smooth progression to efficient
advanced research protocols. The aim is to capitalize on the strengths of
existing freeware systems, losing none of their capabilities, while providing
as unified a platform as possible for future development.

Call For Papers

Authors of contributions on Very-Large-Scale phonetics may submit either
extended abstracts or Interspeech-style papers (up to four pages) via the
workshop website at http://www.ling.upenn.edu/phonetics/workshop/. In
addition, those interested in participating in the freeware tools workshop on
January 31st are warmly invited to apply by emailing
speech.tools.workshopgmail.com with an outline (less than 1000 words)
of what you would like to contribute to the workshop, and (if you wish) other
topics that you would like discussed.

Selected papers from the workshop will be published in a special issue of
The Journal of Experimental Linguistics. A tutorial on forced alignment and
the Penn Phonetics Lab Forced Aligner will also be provided prior to the
workshop. Further details are available on the workshop website:
http://www.ling.upenn.edu/phonetics/workshop.

Important Dates
Nov. 21, 2010: Abstract/paper submission deadline
Jan. 28, 2011: Tutorial on forced alignment
Jan. 29-31, 2011: Workshop

Organizing Committee
Mark Liberman, University of Pennsylvania (January 29-30)
Andreas Stolcke, SRI International and ICSI (January 29-30)
Jiahong Yuan, University of Pennsylvania (January 29-30)
Suzanne Boyce, University of Cincinnati (January 31)
Sarah Hawkins, University of Cambridge (January 31)
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