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Mon Jan 14 2013

Summer Schools: 4th Summer School on Speech Production and Perception: Speaker-Specific Behavior/France

Editor for this issue: Caylen Cole-Hazel <caylenlinguistlist.org>

Date: 13-Dec-2012
From: Susanne Fuchs <sppsummerschoolgmail.com>
Subject: 4th Summer School on Speech Production and Perception: Speaker-Specific Behavior/France
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4th Summer School on Speech Production and Perception: Speaker-Specific Behavior/France

Host Institution: La Baume, Aix-en-Provence
Website: http://summerschool13.sciencesconf.org/

Dates: 30-Sep-2013 - 04-Oct-2013
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France

Focus: Speech Production and Perception: Speaker-Specific Behavior
Minimum Education Level: Undergraduate

Special Qualifications:
This summer school is mainly intended for graduate students, post-docs or researchers who work in the field of speech production, perception and perception-production interaction.

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

- 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?

One of the aims of the summer school is to provide a forum for exchanges
between students, junior and senior researchers and encourage all participants
to contribute to the dialog.

Please send a letter of motivation and an abstract (no longer than 1 page) of
your prospective contribution.
Deadline for Abstracts: 15th May 2013
Notification of Acceptance: 15th June 2013

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-Universit├Ąt, Jena): Articulation
Rachel Smith (University of Glasgow): Speech perception and fine phonetic

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 Field(s): Language Acquisition

Registration: 15-Jun-2013 to 25-Jun-2013

Contact Person: Susanne Fuchs
Email: sppsummerschoolgmail.com

Apply by Email: sppsummerschoolgmail.com

Registration Instructions:
For information and to submit an abstract please write to:
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