LINGUIST List 26.4810

Thu Oct 29 2015

Confs: Phonetics, Phonology/USA

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 28-Oct-2015
From: Jonathan Barnes <>
Subject: Sources of Prosodic Variation across Recording Settings
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Sources of Prosodic Variation across Recording Settings

Date: 31-May-2016 - 03-Jun-2016
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Contact: Oliver Niebuhr
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology

Meeting Description:

The task of describing and understanding speech communication places certain requirements on the acoustic quality and experimental control of speech signals. Despite this inevitable fact, we know surprisingly little about the social, environmental, and task-specific factors that shape speech production, and particularly speech prosody, inside and outside the laboratory. Continuing the INSPECT initiative (i.e. “Innovating Speech Elicitation Techniques”) that was started by Niebuhr, Michaud, and colleagues in 2013, our special session aims at bringing together, with a focus on prosody, papers that can sensitize researchers to the challenges, sources of variation, and possible pitfalls of gathering production data. Thus, possible topics include (but are to restricted to) in-depth analyses or comparisons of elicitation tasks (including types of reading material), prosodic convergence, the issue of generalization of lab-speech findings, reliability of measurements, individual speaker differences (e.g., with respect to expressive speech, fluency, laughter, breathing), effects and artifacts of recording conditions, such as type of microphone, eye contact, or task duration (fatigue or order/repetition effects).

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