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LINGUIST List 23.4271

Fri Oct 12 2012

Calls: Phonetics, Discourse Analysis/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 12-Oct-2012
From: Piet Mertens <Piet.Mertensarts.kuleuven.be>
Subject: Prosody-Discourse Interface
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Full Title: Prosody-Discourse Interface
Short Title: IDP 2013

Date: 11-Sep-2013 - 13-Sep-2013
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Contact Person: Piet Mertens
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.be/franitalco/idp2013

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Phonetics

Call Deadline: 13-May-2013

Meeting Description:

The general topic of this conference is the relation between prosody and discourse. Previous conferences in this series were held in Aix-en-Provence (2005), Geneva (2007), Paris (2009), and Salford (2011).

The IDP 2013 conference will be held in Leuven (Belgium), at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), on September 11 to 13, 2013. It is a joint organisation by FranItalCo, the research group of French and Italian linguistics from the university of Leuven, and by the research centre Valibel - Discours & Variation of the university of Louvain-la-Neuve (Université catholique de Louvain).

Keynote Speakers:

Petra Wagner (University of Bielefeld)
CĂ©line De Looze (Trinity College Dublin)

There is a wide range of phenomena which illustrate how research in prosody feeds into research into discourse and vice versa: information structuring, the communication of attitudes and emotions, irony and humour, language processing, the identification of genre and speech styles, and speaker accommodation phenomena.

In this conference series, the relationship between prosody and discourse has been viewed from the perspective of phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, language acquisition, language processing, language pathology, stylistics and speech synthesis. Moreover, research has been carried out in a variety of theoretical paradigms.

This conference will focus on the following topics:

Prosodic Boundaries:

Prosodic boundaries play a central role in information structuring. But how does the listener identify such boundaries? Are there prosodic forms dedicated to boundaries? If so, what are their acoustic and/or perceptual correlates? Or are prosodic boundaries only identified as such when they occur at particular positions in syntactic or discourse structure? What are the functions of prosodic boundaries in discourse? Are boundaries marked in a language-specific way, or do they have universal features?

Pitch Range, Global and Local:

When pitch range is approximated as the span between lower and higher pitches for a given speaker, does it remain constant in discourse, or does it change in such a way that stretches with narrow or wide register (local pitch range) may be identified? How does one detect register? What is the role of register (or register change) in discourse? How does the existence of register affect the identification of prosodic forms (such as tones)?

Speech Rate and Rhythm:

When speech rate is defined as the number of syllables per second, it is clear that the duration of successive syllables varies considerably and that local speech rate changes dynamically. What could be an appropriate measure to specify local speech rate? What is the function of speech rate or change of speech rate in discourse?

Regional Variants of Prosody:

It is often assumed prosodic contours with a given function may differ from one regional variety of a language to the next. If this is the case, how do we characterize these alternative realisations and how we detect them in continuous speech?

Prosody and Individual Speaking Styles:

Previous research demonstrates the existence of genres and even individual speech styles, with respect to prosodic properties. Do listeners identify such attributes and do speakers use them in a controlled way?

The languages of conference are English and French. The conference program will consist of oral presentations and a small number of poster presentations. Parallel sessions will be avoided as much as possible.

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions for oral presentations of 20 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion, as well as for a small number of poster presentations. Submissions are limited to a maximum of two papers per author, either as a single author or as a co-author.

For detailed information about submitting your paper, please visit the conference website:


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