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Prosody is a universal characteristic of human speech: prosodic prominence and phrasing give listeners a window into the mind of the talker. Prosody improves human-computer interface, aids clinical diagnosis, improves the quality of second language instruction, increases the robustness of speech communication, and serves as the only channel for communicating many types of meta-linguistic and para-linguistic spoken information. The study of prosody is the study of a process mapping from a message, including possibly linguistic, social, or other para-linguistic messages, to signals, either acoustic or articulatory.


The International Conference on Speech Prosody is a biennial meeting of the Speech Prosody Special Interest Group (SProSIG) of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), and is the only recurring international conference focused on prosody as an organizing principle for the social, psychological, linguistic, and technological aspects of spoken language. Past conferences in Aix-en-Provence, Nara, Dresden, Campinas and Chicago have each attracted 300-400 delegates, including experts in the fields of Linguistics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Communication Disorders, Psychology, and related disciplines. Over the years, Speech Prosody has developed into one of the most interdisciplinary of international conferences.


Speech Prosody 2012 will be jointly organized by Tongji University, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Chinese Academy of Sciences under the auspices of the Permanent Advisory Council (PAC) of SProSIG. We will continue to work with ISCA to publish the conference proceedings.


Important Deadlines
Submission of Regular Papers: November 30 15, 2011
Notification of Acceptance (by email): January 25 20, 2012
Author's Registration Deadline: March 20 15, 2012
Conference date: May 22-25, 2012


Conference Topics
Paper submissions are invited on original and unpublished research addressing any aspects of the science and technology of prosody, including, but not limited to:

  1. Syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of prosody
  2. Language acquisition and prosody in L1 and/or L2 learners
  3. Cross-linguistic studies of prosody
  4. Phonology and phonetics of prosody
  5. Psycholinguistic, cognitive, and neural correlates of prosody
  6. Prosody in perception and production
  7. Prosody in speech synthesis
  8. Prosody in speech recognition and understanding
  9. Prosody in computational linguistics
  10. Tools for prosody analysis
  11. Prosody in audiovisual processing
  12. Pathology of prosody and aids for the impaired
  13. Meta-linguistic and para-linguistic communication
  14. Prosodic corpus
  15. Prosody of dialogues and spontaneous speech
  16. Prosody of sign language
  17. Voice quality, phonation, and vocal dynamics
  18. Rhythm, tempo and intonation
  19. Speech prosody and music

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