4th International Summerschool on Speech Production and Perception: Speaker-Specific Behavior

30 sept.-4 oct. 2013
The beautiful ex-monistary "La Baume", 4km outside of Aix-en-Provence in the countryside - Aix-en-Provence (France)


The fourth summer school on speech production and perception is focusing on speaker-specific behavior. Speakers sound very different while producing the very same utterance. These speaker-specific differences occur at various linguistic levels (e.g., segments, prosody, syntax, pragmatics) and they might be phonetically signaled 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 or has even been treated like noise in the data. Methodologically, a lot of work focused on the question how statistical models can outfactor speaker-specific variation and consequently speaker variability was mostly ignored in the realm of language production and perception However, there are numerous studies recently showing that speaker-specific behavior allows for new insights into learning processes, speech planning and speech motor control strategies, linguistic innovation, processing of linguistic, paralinguistic and indexical information, to name just a few. We aim at linking findings from different disciplines by asking the following questions: • Which speaker-specific behavior is crucial for a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying speech production and perception and which is less important? What can it tell us? Why? • Does information about the speaker help listeners to extract meaning? • Do physical and cognitive differences among individuals matter for native language acquisition? • How to deal with speaker-specific behaviour statistically? The invited international scholars are appealed tackle these issues with their data, theories and insights. Participants: Undergraduate and graduate students as well as senior scientists (ratio ca. 65:35) We expect about 50 participants.
Discipline scientifique : Linguistique

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