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Speech Prosody (SProSIG)

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AimsThe 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. It supports:

  • The SProSIG mailing list.
  • The Speech Prosody conference, the interdisciplinary conference on all aspects of speech prosody: linguistic, paralinguistic, technical, psycholinguistic, applications, and so on. SP meets in even-numbered years and typically attracts around 300 participants.
  • The virtual lecture series, featuring an hour of lecture and discussion almost every month.  Lecturers alternate between distinguished and rising researchers.
  • Liaison with other events and groups.

Motivation. 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 great 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.

Board. The officers for 2022-2024 are:

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SProSIG also endorses a series of workshops dedicated to the Tonal Aspects of Languages

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