LINGUIST List 23.5035

Mon Dec 03 2012

Calls: Phonetics, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Socioling, Lang Acq/France

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 02-Dec-2012
From: Susanne Fuchs <>
Subject: 4th Summer School on Speech Production and Perception: Speaker-Specific Behavior
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Full Title: 4th Summer School on Speech Production and Perception: Speaker-Specific Behavior
Date: 30-Sep-2013 - 04-Oct-2013 Location: Aix-en-Provence, France Contact Person: Susanne Fuchs
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-May-2013

Meeting Description:

The 4th summer school on ‘Speech Production and Perception: Speaker-Specific Behavior’ will be held in Aix-en-Provence from 30 September to 4 October 2013.

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 questions:

- 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?

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-Universität, Jena): ArticulationRachel Smith (University of Glasgow): Speech perception and fine phonetic detail

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)

Call for Papers:

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. We expect about 50 participants. 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 by 15 May 2013.

For more information, please view our website:

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