Workshop Advancing Prosodic Transcription for Spoken Language Science and Technology II

A satellite workshop sponsored by the Association of Laboratory Phonology, held in conjunction with PaPI 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal, June 24, 2013

Organizers: Mariapaola D'Imperio (Aix-Marseille U., France) and Martine Grice (U. of Cologne, Germany)


Please find the program here.

Invited Speakers:
Amalia Arvaniti, University of Kent, UK
Cinzia Avesani, Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione – CNR, Italy
Sonia Frota, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Poster session on the basis of submitted abstracts.
One page abstract to be submitted by April 25th. See Call for papers here. Information about registration here.

This workshop is a follow-up to the first "Advancing Prosodic Transcription for Spoken Language Science and Technology" workshop held in Stuttgart in 2012, in conjunction with LabPhon 13, addressing the challenge of prosodic transcription for research in spoken language sciences and for development of computer speech technologies. In this second workshop we plan to address specific issues, such as:

1. What are the phonological assumptions behind current approaches to prosodic transcription?

2. A transcription system reduces continuous phonetic parameters to discrete units. How does the choice of discrete units and their granularity impact the use of the transcription for different research goals, e.g., concerning phonology, speech processing, sociophonetics, or speech technology?

3. Assuming a distinction between a coarse-grained phonological encoding and a more fine-grained phonetic encoding of prosody, what are the factors that influence the mapping between them, and what role do those factors play in prosodic transcription? Relevant factors include those that relate to the grammatical and discourse context, and situational factors such as speaking rate.

4.  In addressing these issues we will consider questions like the following: Which levels of granularity should a transcription system include? Is a universal level of phonetic transcription of intonation possible/desirable? How homogeneous and phonetically transparent should crosslinguistic intonation transcription aim to be?

Invited speakers and presenters will discuss the challenges represented by using different prosodic annotation systems for the purpose of developing large prosodically labelled corpora and transcribing under-studied languages, and will identify directions for future development.

Registration fee (include coffees, lunch, and the evening reception)

ALP member
Student ALP member
60 €
30 €
30 €
15 €

Please fill out the registration form and e-mail or fax it to the address given at the top of the form. See the PDF file for more details. Registration fee should be paid by bank transfer, with the exception of on site registration where only cash is accepted. Download registration form here: interactive pdf (fill in the .pdf with your personal information) or regular pdf and send it to

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