Phonetics and Phonology in Europe 2015


Satellite workshops

Three satellite workshops will be taking place on the day before and day after PaPE. These will be a Workshop on prosodic development, a Workshop on the phonetics of regional variation and a Workshop on statistical analysis.

Workshop on prosodic development

28th of June 2015, 1:30-5:00pm
English Faculty Building on the Sidgwick Site (9 West Road)
Organisers: Sónia Frota, Pilar Prieto and Elinor Payne

Researchers agree that the acquisition of prosody starts very early in a person's lifetime, and that prosody helps to bootstrap the learning of language. While still in the womb, babies become sensitive to the intonational patterns of their native language and they may start using the prosodic patterns of the surrounding language in their early cries.

At different stages of development, prosody has been shown to facilitate early speech segmentation, word categorisation, the detection of the speakers' intentions and states of mind, as well as detection of syntactic constituency. In production, during their first and second year of life, children learn to modulate prosodic features for various pragmatic and social purposes. One of the issues that has been relatively neglected is the interactional value of prosody, since the majority of the studies on the acquisition of prosody have investigated early prosodic patterns irrespective of the potential differences in linguistic meaning. Furthermore, little is known about the developmental course of infants' perception of prosodic cues that may provide useful information to meaning, according to the specificities of the input language (e.g., stress cued mainly by pitch, duration, intensity, or vowel quality; intonation contrasts based on pitch height, pitch register, or timing differences).

The main goal of this workshop is to advance in our knowledge of the role of prosody in first language development both from a perception and a production point of view, and with a special focus on the interactional value of prosody.

The workshop is intended to provide a forum for discussion between researchers who approach the acquisition of prosody from different disciplines (e.g. linguistics, audiology, psycholinguistics, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience), and with different methodologies.

Workshop format
A number of key papers will explore the theme of the workshop from different angles.

Workshop programme: The workshop programme can be downloaded here.
Workshop abstracts: The abstracts for the workshop can be downloaded here.
Workshop registration: Participation is free of charge. However, you are kindly requested to book a place on the workshop via the online registration system on the PaPE registration page.

Workshop on the phonetics of regional variation

28th of June 2015, 1:30-5:00pm
English Faculty Building on the Sidgwick Site (9 West Road)
Organisers: Adrian Leeman and Mathieu Avanzi

During this half-day workshop experts will present their work on a broad range of subjects relating to dialectal variation in different languages (Scandinavian, Germanic, Greek and Arabic languages). We will have talks on the perception, production, automatic processing etc. of dialectal variation. The workshop will feature talks by six invited speakers. Presentations will be followed by questions and a final panel discussion.

Confirmed speakers:
Roland Kehrein (Marburg): “The horizontal and vertical variation spaces of German”
Bronwen G. Evans & Gisela Tomé Lourido (UCL): “Switching language dominance for ideological reasons: A study of Galician speakers’ speech production and perception”
Amalia Arvaniti (Kent): “The role of dialectal variation in understanding intonational structure: lessons from Greek and English”
Sam Hellmuth (York): “The intonation of spoken Arabic dialects: an overview”
David Britain (Bern): “Dedialectalisation and lexically constrained sound change: English short front vowels, East Anglian style”
Susanne Schötz (Lund): “Exotic vowels and word accents in regional varieties of Swedish”

Workshop programme: The programme for the workshop can be downloaded here.
Workshop abstracts: Click here to view the abstracts for the workshop.
Workshop registration: Participation is free of charge. However, you are kindly requested to book a place on the workshop via the online registration system on the PaPE registration page.

Workshop on statistical analysis: A Non-Technical Introduction to Mixed Effects Models for the Statistically Hesitant Linguistic Researcher

1st of July 2015, 9:30-11:00am
English Faculty Building on the Sidgwick Site (9 West Road)
Organisers: David Eddington

Mixed effect statistical analysis has become more and more common in recent years. Because linguistic data often includes multiple responses from a single person (e.g. tokens in phonetic research, responses in psycholinguistic experiments), mixed effects are ideal for accounting for such repeated measures. Unfortunately, mixed effects models have only become feasible in recent years and as a result, many linguists, even those with a background in statistics, may not be familiar with them. For the statistically uninitiated, they may be particularly ominous, especially since they are often discussed in cryptic terms and presented as something that must be carried out in R, which is a command-line, programming type language without a graphical interface that has a steep learning curve.

In this workshop, David Eddington (Brigham Young University), will show how such analysis can be carried out in SPSS, which is a much more user-friendly program. The purpose of the workshop is to explain in non-technical terms why mixed effects models are ideally suited to language data. Using examples from linguistic studies, he will demonstrate the concepts of random intercept and random slope, which are the basic components of a mixed effects model.

Workshop registration: Participation is free of charge. However, you are kindly requested to book a place on the workshop via the online registration system on the PaPE registration page.