LINGUIST List 31.528

Wed Feb 05 2020

Confs: Cog Sci, Gen Ling, Phonetics, Psycholing, Socioling/United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 05-Feb-2020
From: Outi Tuomainen <>
Subject: Workshop on Speech Perception and Production across the Lifespan
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Workshop on Speech Perception and Production across the Lifespan
Short Title: SPPL-2020

Date: 30-Mar-2020 - 31-Mar-2020
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact: Outi Tuomainen
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

This second workshop in the SPPL series (following SPPL 2017 organised in London in April 2017) will again provide an opportunity for interactions between researchers from areas of speech, hearing and language sciences research that may be focused on different developmental stages, e.g. early development and ageing. It will also discuss methodological issues, such as how to overcome the difficulty of developing tests that are equally appropriate for children, younger and older adults, and will consider ‘missing gaps’ in the developmental trajectory, e.g. data for older teenagers and middle-aged adults.

Although the focus of much research into speech development has been to establish when ‘adult-like’ performance is reached (with young adult speakers taken as a ‘norm’), it is increasingly clear that speech perception and production abilities are undergoing constant change across the lifespan as a result of physical changes, exposure to language variation, and cognitive changes at various periods of our lives. Few studies have examined changes in speech production or perception measures across the lifespan using common materials and experimental designs. Studies that span over an extended age-range and longitudinal studies can further our understanding of the extent and direction of these changes for key measures of speech communication and of how these changes interact with cognitive, social or sensory factors. There is also a need for studies that seek to approximate ecologically-valid communication interactions. Such knowledge is essential to refine and extend models of speech perception and production.

A list of accepted abstracts is now available here:

Please register online via our website: Early Bird Registration ends March 1, 2020!

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