Appel: Summer school on Speech Production and Perception, Speaker-Specific Behavior, Aix-en-Provence, 30/09/2013-04/10/2013

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Feb 19 20:17:01 UTC 2013

Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:17:50 +0100
From: "Claudia Pichon-Starke" <claudia.starke at>
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4th summer school on "Speech Production and Perception: Speaker-Specific

Aix-en-Provence, France

September 30th to October 4th, 2013

Call for papers

Speakers show phonetic differences while producing the very same
utterance.  These speaker-specific differences occur at various
linguistic levels and they can be realized phonetically by many
parameters such as voice quality, speech rate, loudness, fundamental
frequency, breathing, articulatory behavior, etc. At the same time,
listeners can vary in the way they exploit such cues for the purpose of
speech perception and understanding.

Speaker-specific behavior has long been regarded irrelevant for
linguistic theories and is generally treated as noise in the data.

Methodologically, speaker-specific variation has often been ignored in
the statistical modelling of speech production and perception data.

However, there are numerous recent studies showing that speaker-specific
variation allows for new insights into learning processes, speech
planning and speech motor control strategies, processing of linguistic
and paralinguistic information, among others.

We seek to link findings from different disciplines by asking the
following questions:

   * Which speaker-specific behaviors are crucial for a better
     understanding of the mechanisms underlying speech production and
     perception and which are less important? What can it tell us? Why?

   * Does information about the speaker help listeners to extract

   * Do physical and cognitive differences among individuals matter for
     native language acquisition?

   * How do we deal with speaker-specific behavior statistically?

The invited international scholars have been chosen to address these

This summer school is mainly intended for graduate students, post-docs
or researchers who work in the field of speech production, perception
and perception-production interaction. We expect about 50 participants.

One of the aims of the summer school is to provide a forum for exchanges
between students, junior and senior researchers and encourage all
participants to contribute to the dialog. Please send a letter of
motivation and an abstract (no longer than 1 page) of your prospective
contribution till to the 15th of May 2013.

Official website:

*Confirmed invited speakers:*

   * Alejandrina Cristia (MPI, Nijmegen): Speech acquisition
   * Rodger Mundry (MPI, Leipzig): Statistics
   * Pascal Perrier (GIPSA-lab, Grenoble): Biomechanics
   * Benjamin Swets (Grand Valley State University, Allendale):
   * Melanie Weirich (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena):
   * Rachel Smith (University of Glasgow): Speech perception and fine
     phonetic detail

*Organizing committee (in alphabetical order):*

Susanne Fuchs (ZAS Berlin, Germany)
Caroline Magister (ZAS Berlin, Germany)
Daniel Pape (IEETA + UA Aveiro, Portugal)
Caterina Petrone (LPL-CNRS Aix-en-Provence, France)

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