[lg policy] call: International Symposium on Imitation and Convergence in Speech

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 21 15:59:50 UTC 2012

International Symposium on Imitation and Convergence in Speech
Short Title: ISICS 2012

Date: 03-Sep-2012 - 05-Sep-2012
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Contact: Noel Nguyen
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://isics2012.sciencesconf.org

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Neurolinguistics; Phonetics;

Meeting Description:

In the course of a conversational interaction, the behavior of each
talker often tends to become more similar to that of the
conversational partner. Such convergence effects have been shown to
manifest themselves under many different forms, which include posture,
body movements, facial expressions, and speech. Imitative speech
behavior is a phenomenon that may be actively exploited by talkers to
facilitate their conversational exchange. It occurs, by definition,
within a social interaction, but has consequences for language that
extend well beyond the temporal limits of that interaction. It has
been suggested that imitation plays an important role in speech
development and may also form one of the key mechanisms that underlie
the emergence and evolution of human languages. The behavioral
tendency shown by humans to imitate others may be connected at the
brain level with the presence of mirror neurons, whose discovery has
raised important issues about the role that these neurons may fulfill
in many different domains, from sensorimotor integration to the
understanding of others’ behavior.

The focus of this international symposium will be the fast-growing
body of research on convergence phenomena between speakers in speech.
The symposium will also aim to assess current research on the brain
and cognitive underpinnings of imitative behavior. Our main goal will
be to bring together researchers with a large variety of scientific
backgrounds (linguistics, speech sciences, psycholinguistics,
experimental sociolinguistics, neurosciences, cognitive sciences) with
a view to improving our understanding of the role of imitation in the
production, comprehension and acquisition of spoken language.

The symposium is organized by the laboratoire Parole et Langage, CNRS
and Aix-Marseille Université, Aix-en-Provence, France
(www.lpl.univ-aix.fr). It will be chaired by Noël Nguyen (LPL) and
Marc Sato (GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble), and will be held in the Maison
Méditerranéenne des Sciences Humaines.

Invited Speakers:

Luciano Fadiga, University of Ferrara, Italy
Maëva Garnier, GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble, France
Simon Garrod, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Beatrice Szczepek Reed, University of York, United Kingdom

We are happy to announce, that the list of accepted communications for
the International Symposium on Imitation and Convergence in Speech
(ISICS, 2012) is now online on the conference website. On this
website, you will also find information about registration, travel and
program. Please note that the early registration period ends at July
12, 2012.

If anyone is interested to join the discussion of the conference, you
are still welcome to register for it (also without a communication).


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