LINGUIST List 25.5041

Thu Dec 11 2014

Calls: Phonetics, Pragmatics, Text/Corpus Linguistics/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 10-Dec-2014
From: Jürgen Trouvain <>
Subject: Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and other Non-Verbal Vocalisations in Speech
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Full Title: Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and other Non-Verbal Vocalisations in Speech

Date: 14-Apr-2015 - 15-Apr-2015
Location: Enschede, Netherlands
Contact Person: Khiet Truong
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 09-Feb-2015

Meeting Description:

Following the previous workshops on laughter held in Saarbruecken (2007), Berlin (2009), and Dublin (2012), we have the pleasure to announce a forthcoming workshop in Enschede, the Netherlands in April 2015.

Non-verbal vocalisations in human-human and human-machine interactions play important roles in displaying social and affective behaviors and in controlling the flow of interaction. Laughter, sighs, filled pauses, and short utterances such as feedback responses are among some of the non-verbal vocalisations that have been studied previously from various research fields. However, much is still unknown about the phonetic or visual characteristics of non-verbal vocalisations (production/encoding) and their relations to their intentions and perceived meanings (perception/decoding) in interaction.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together scientists from diverse research areas and to provide an exchange forum for interdisciplinary discussions in order to gain a better understanding of laughter and other non-verbal vocalisations. The workshop will consist of invited talks and oral presentations of ongoing research and discussion papers.


Attendees are asked to register by sending an email to A registration fee of 50 Euros has to be paid on site (in cash).


The DesignLab at University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.


Please check the website for updated information about the workshop.

Call for Papers:

We invite contributions concerning laughter and other non-verbal vocalisations from the fields of phonetics, linguistics, psychology, conversation analysis, social signal processing, and human-machine/robot interaction. In particular, topics related to the following aspects are very much welcomed:

- Multimodal interaction: visual aspects of non-verbal vocalisations, e.g., smiles, relation between non-verbal vocalisations and visual behaviors
- Social and affective behavior: decoding and encoding of emotion/socio-related states in non-verbal vocalisations
- Conversation: (pragmatic) role of non-verbal vocalisations in dialog
- Computation: automatic analysis and generation of non-verbal vocalisations

Submission Procedure:

Researchers are invited to submit an extended abstract of their work, including work in progress. Please send your extended abstract of max. 3 pages, 11pt font (including references) in PDF format to laughterworkshop2015 at gmail dot com. Each submission should follow the ICPhS style - the author kits (LaTeX and Word) can be downloaded from the workshop website. In the email, please include the name of the authors, their affiliations and the email address of the corresponding author, and a title of the abstract. Abstracts will undergo a review process performed by at least 2 reviewers. The submissions will be made available online.

Important Dates:

- Abstract submission deadline: 9 February 2015
- Notification acceptance/rejection: 1 March 2015
- Registration deadline by email: 6 April 2015
- Workshop dates: 14-15 April 2015


Jürgen Trouvain, Saarland University
Nick Campbell, Trinity College Dublin
Khiet Truong, University of Twente/Radboud University
Dirk Heylen, University of Twente

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