Speech Prosody is the study of intonation and related phenomena, including pitch, loudness, timing, speech rate, and voicing properties. Central topics include the melody and rhythm of speech and how these contribute to meaning at the word, utterance and discourse levels. These issues are of central importance in phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and speech signal processing. Models of prosody are being applied to problems in speech synthesis, speech recognition, speech therapy, language teaching, dialog systems and many other fields.

The Speech Prosody Special Interest Group is dedicated to advancing the scientific study of speech prosody and its applications. The SIG has approximately 1100 members from over 30 countries. To join, simply send mail to list at-sign sprosig.org to be added to our roster and our low-traffic mailing list.

The SIG sponsors two conferences. Speech Prosody is the interdisciplinary conference on all aspects of speech prosody: linguistic, paralinguistic, technical, psycholinguistic, applications, and so on. SP meets in even-numbered years, typically attracts 300-400 participants, and is indexed by EI. Tone and Intonation, the recent merger of Tone and Intonation in Europe and Tonal Aspects of Languages, is focused on linguistic aspects, especially the phonological and typological. Much smaller, it it meets in odd-numbered years.

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