LINGUIST List 25.1216

Tue Mar 11 2014

Calls: Sociolinguistics, Phonetics, Psycholinguistics, Philosophy of Language/Denmark

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 10-Mar-2014
From: Marjoleine Sloos <>
Subject: Bias in Auditory Perception
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Full Title: Bias in Auditory Perception

Date: 18-Sep-2014 - 20-Sep-2014
Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Contact Person: Marjoleine Sloos
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Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Jul-2014

Meeting Description:

The Interacting Minds Centre (Aarhus University, Denmark) organises a conference about the role of expectation in auditory perception in general, with a special focus on bias in speech perception. The conference will have a highly interdisciplinary character. We strive to bring together cognitive scientists, (applied) linguists, language therapists, psychologists, philosophers, and musicologists who are interested in auditory perception.

Human perception is biased by previous experiences, beliefs, knowledge, and presuppositions. Research on perceptional bias is approached from different angles, e.g. cross-modal perception, the influence of social categorization, the role of stereotypes, (socio-) linguistic context, the influence of emotions, or the contribution of different sorts of information. Much experimental investigation has been carried out in order to get more insight into biased perception. However, relatively few of these studies concentrate on auditory perception. Currently, we observe an increasing interest in bias in speech perception, showing that identification of speech sounds can be influenced by the information the listener has at her disposal (which might be justified or not). Among the factors that play a role in biased speech perception may be: age, gender, the overall dialect or ethnolect, sexual orientation, and ethnic background of the speaker. Growing evidence shows that also professional linguists are susceptible to speech bias, which potentially has important impact on linguistics analyses (for instance in dialectology and fieldwork). Moreover, auditory bias may lead to misjudgement by evaluators in speech therapy, second language evaluation, or asylum requests, which may have a serious impact on the speaker who is evaluated.

Ocke Bohn (University of Aarhus)
Katie Drager (University of Hawaii)
Andreas Roepstorff (University of Aarhus)

Call for Papers:

Abstracts from different fields are warmly invited. There will be special session on bias in speech perception. Speakers will be allotted 20 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion.

Abstracts can be submitted before July 1, 2014. Notification of acceptance follows on July 15, 2014. Abstracts should not exceed 200 words excluding references and should be submitted as a pdf. We have the intention to select papers for a peer-reviewed special issue on auditory bias. Please use EasyAbs to upload your abstract:

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