LINGUIST List 8.740

Fri May 16 1997

Calls: Phonology, Prosody and Conversation

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  1. E. Wayles Browne, Student Phonology Workshop
  2. swerts, Lang. and Speech on 'Prosody and Conversation'

Message 1: Student Phonology Workshop

Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 09:01:10 -0400
From: E. Wayles Browne <>
Subject: Student Phonology Workshop

at the 1997 LSA Linguistic Institute
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Saturday, July 26, 1997

Abstracts are now being solicited from students for 20 minute papers in all
areas of phonology and its interfaces. Submissions must be from students
currently working toward a degree. These papers should not have been
published or presented elsewhere.

The workshop will run during the day on Saturday, July 26 followed by an
evening party. An accompanying poster session will be organized during the
Institute. More details on the poster session will be available in June
and July. Inexpensive short-term dormitory housing will be available for
workshop participants. More information on the Institute is available on
the web site:

Abstracts may be one page *only* (including examples and references) with
one inch margins and in a font size no smaller than 12 point. Mail 7
copies of the abstract (one with your name, address, phone, e-mail and year
into program at the bottom or attached and six anonymous) to the following
 Student Phonology Workshop
 Department of Linguistics
 Linguistic Institute
 Morrill Hall
 Cornell University
 Ithaca, NY 14853-4701

Abstract Receipt Deadline: June 3, 1997.

No fax or e-mail submissions will be accepted. Questions may be e-mailed to
Lisa Lavoie at

[and not to me--I'm just the intermediary. W.B.]

Wayles Browne, Assoc. Prof. of Linguistics
Department of Linguistics
Morrill Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853, U.S.A.

tel. 607-255-0712 (o), 607-273-3009 (h)
fax 607-255-2044 (write FOR W. BROWNE)
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Message 2: Lang. and Speech on 'Prosody and Conversation'

Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 13:48:10 +0200
From: swerts <>
Subject: Lang. and Speech on 'Prosody and Conversation'

Call for abstracts
special issue of Language and Speech
Prosody and conversation
Guest editors: Marc Swerts and Julia Hirschberg

Prosody, broadly defined to include suprasegmental speech features such
as intonation, tempo, rhythm, loudness and pause, offers important
linguistic and paralinguistic resources for highlighting different
aspects of dialogue structure. Speakers use prosody to signal a gamut
of communicatively relevant information in order to secure successful
interaction with their conversation partners. It has been reported to
be a cue for turn-taking, topic structure, information status, type of
speech act, attitudinal and emotional characteristics of utterances,
and mutual beliefs of dialogue participants. More recent
investigations have begun to show how such prosodic indications can be
exploited in spoken dialogue systems to make interactions between
humans and machines more efficient and more natural.

Language and Speech plans to devote a special double issue to the topic
of 'Prosody and conversation'. The goal of the special issue is to
bring together original papers in this area. Contributions reporting
empirical results, either corpus-based or experimental, are
encouraged. Studies on both human-human and human-machine interactions
are welcome.

Prospective contributors are invited to send a paper summary of up to 2
pages by email to The abstract should
describe the specific problem addressed in the paper, the speech
materials analysed, the method and results. Deadline for abstract
submission is July 1st, 1997. Abstracts will be reviewed by the guest
editors of L&S, who will select a number of potential contributions for
the special issue on the basis of content and overall quality of the
abstract. Contributors will be informed about the editors' decision by
July 15.

Authors whose abstracts appear to be good matches for the theme of the
special issue will be invited to provide a full paper by October 1st,
1997. Manuscripts will be reviewed by two or more reviewers in the
field. The papers should be presented so as to be accessible to
researchers with a variety of backgrounds (linguistics, speech
technology, cognitive sciences/AI, etc.) and they should conform to the
general L&S guidelines, printed as 'Notes for authors' at the inside
cover of each issue of this journal. General instructions for full
paper submission can also be found at at the following website:
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