A newsletter for
The International Phonetic Association
and for the Phonetic Sciences
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Linda Shockey, University of Reading, UK
Rachel Smith, University of Glasgow, UK
Radek Œwiêciñski, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Claire Timmins, University of Strathclyde, UK
Duncan Robertson, University of York, UK
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The Association is pleased to announce that Illustrations of the IPA from 2001 through 2014 are now freely available from the Journal of the IPA website:
Click on "Illustrations of the IPA - free content" to see a list, or access individual Illustrations from contents of back issues. (05/17)
25-27 January 2018. Speech in the Natural Context - XIV Convegno Nazionale AISV, Bolzano-Bozen, Italy. https://aisv2018.events.unibz.it/ (08/17)
7-9 March 2018. Variable Perception and Production Correlates for Word Stress in First Language Acquisition and Child Second Language Learning. Stuttgart, Germany. http://ling.uni-konstanz.de/pages/home/ag14_dgfs2018/ (07/17)
27-28 March 2018. 8th Northern Englishes Workshop (NEW8), Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/northernenglishes8/ (09/17)
30-31 March 2018. 4th Belgrade International Meeting of English Phoneticians (BIMEP 2018), Belgrade. http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/BIMEP2018 (09/17)
5 April 2018. ALOES 2018: Pre-Conference Workshop on Voice Quality. Paris, France. http://www.clillac-arp.univ-paris-diderot.fr/user/nicolas_ballier/voice_2018 (10/17)
6-7 April 2018. 19th Conference on Spoken English at Villetaneuse (ALOES 2018). Paris, France. pierre.fournier AT univ-paris13.fr (10/17)
12-14 April 2018. BAAP Colloquium. Canterbury, United Kingdom. https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/baap/ (07/17)
##May 17-18 2018. Contemporary Research in Phonetics and Phonology: Methods, Aspects and Problems (CRiPaP). Riga, Latvia. https://cripap.jimdo.com (12/17)
13-16 June 2018. Speech Prosody 2018. Poznañ, Poland. http://sp9.home.amu.edu.pl/index.php (07/17)
18-20 June 2018. 6th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages. Berlin, Germany. http://public.beuth-hochschule.de/~mixdorff/tal2018/ (10/17)
19-22 June 2018. LabPhon 16, University of Lisboa, Portugal. http://labphon16.labphon.org/ (8/17)
2-6 July 2018. Spoken Corpora advances: prosody as the crux of speech segmentation, annotation and multilevel linguistic studies. Cape Town, South Africa. http://icl20capetown.com/images/WorkshopSummaries/31.-Spoken-Corpora-advances.pdf (07/17)
11-13 October 2018. International Conference on Tone and Intonation. Gothenburg, Sweden. http://sprak.gu.se/forskning/konferenser/tone-and-intonation (10/17)
##29-30 November 2018. Workshop on the Processing of Prosody across Languages and Varieties, Wellington NZ https://proslang.wordpress.com/ (12/17)
##17-18 February 2018. Bridging Research on Cognition and Speech (BROCAS 2018) Rupnagar,Punjab, India. Brocas AT iitrpr.ac.in
4-10 August 2019. XIXth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Melbourne, Australia. http://icphs2019.org/ (03/16)
Workshop on the Processing of Prosody across Languages and Varieties
(ProsLang) 29-30 November, 2018
Wellington, New Zealand
As an integral part of spoken language, prosody has been shown to play an important role in many speech production and perception processes. However, our knowledge of the role of prosody in speech processing draws on a relatively narrow range of (mostly closely related) languages. There is an urgent need for more psycholinguistic research looking at commonalities and differences in the use of prosodic cues in speech processing across different
languages, and also different varieties of major languages. This workshop aims to bring together researchers working in this area. We are particularly interested in research on: (i) the role of prosody in semantic interpretation, including information structure; and (ii) prosody as an organisational structure for speech production and perception, including multimodal perspectives.
Anne Cutler, MARCS, Western Sydney University
Bettina Braun, Universität Konstanz
Jennifer Cole, Northwestern University
Janet Fletcher, University of Melbourne
Nicole Gotzner, Leibniz-ZAS Berlin
Call for Papers:
We invite submissions for the Workshop on the Processing of Prosody across Languages and Varieties (ProsLang), to be held at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), New Zealand, 29-30 November 2018.
The Workshop is coordinated with the 17th Speech Science & Technology Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 4-7 December 2018.
Topics include, but are not limited to, cross-linguistic and cross-varietal commonalities and differences in:
- The role of prosody in signalling information structure, particularly in the activation and resolution of contrast and contrastive alternatives
- The integration of prosody and morphosyntactic cues in speech comprehension, e.g. as cues to information structure
- The role of prosody in the management and interpretation of discourse prosodic structure as an organisational frame in speech production or perception
- Links between prosodic structure and multimodal speech cues such as gesture
We invite submissions of one-page abstracts following the guidelines on the Workshop website: https://proslang.wordpress.com/about/
Abstract deadline: 16 April 2018
Notification of acceptance: 30 April 2018
Workshop: 29-30 November 2018
Sasha Calhoun, Paul Warren, Olcay Türk, Mengzhu Yan, VUW; Janet Fletcher,University of Melbourne
Please direct any enquiries about the Workshop to:
proslangworkshop AT gmail.com.
Bridging Research on Cognition and Speech (BROCAS 2018)
17-18 February, 2018
BROCAS (Bridging Research On Cognition And Speech) is a linguistics symposium organized with the intent of offering a platform to research scholars and practitioners from qualitatively different research backgrounds, including theoretical, experimental and modeling, to present their ongoing research in the fields related to Phonology and/or Language cognition.
Call for Papers:
Abstracts are invited for the original and hitherto unpublished research works
in the following fields:
- Language and Cognition
Works that are not strictly on the fields mentioned above but overlap with any of them are also welcome.
The two days long symposium will include addresses by the keynote speakers, participant presentations (articles and posters) and a workshop. Researchers working in the concerned fields are encouraged to send their abstract by the aforementioned date.
Please submit abstracts at https://easychair.org/cfp/BROCAS2018
On behalf of the Organizing Committee I cordially invite you to take
part in the 5th International Conference "Contemporary Research in
Phonetics and Phonology: Methods, Aspects and Problems" that will be
held at the Latvian Language Institute of the University of Latvia, Riga on May 17–18, 2018.
The CRiPaP conferences have been organized since 2014 bringing together scholars of both theoretical and applied phonetics and phonology and providing forum for discussions on current methodological and theoretical issues in the field.
More information about the conference as well as paper submission
guidelines can be found at the conference website:
Please feel free to forward this information to anyone who might be
interested in the conference.
Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation
As part of the career development programme for junior researchers funded by the German federal and state governments, Saarland University is inviting applications for the following tenure-track junior professorships commencing winter semester 2018. These positions will initially be fixed-term public sector positions (‘Beamtenverhältnis auf Zeit’) for a period of three or four years. The duration of the appointment may be extended up to a maximum of six years in total if this is supported by the results of the teaching appraisal and the external assessment of the appointee’s research work. If performance continues to meet the required standards and if the tenure evaluation procedure is positive, the junior professor (at the German academic salary scale W1) will be promoted to a permanent professorship (lifetime tenure) at the German academic salary scale W2.
Together with other departments in the Faculty, the Dept. of Language Science and Technology is very actively involved in the CRC 1102 ‘Information Density and Linguistic Encoding’ (http://www.sfb1102.uni-saarland.de) and contributes significantly to the Saarbrücken Cluster of Excellence ‘Multimodal Computing and Interaction’ (http://www.mmci.uni-saarland.de). We welcome applications from scientists willing to contribute to and complement our existing areas of research. Applicants should be researchers of proven merit in the field of language theory, they should have an excellent command of the relevant empirical and quantitative methods and their main research interests should be in one or more of the following areas: language typology, language evolution, language diversity, multilingual language technology and multilingual language resources. The range of languages investigated should include non-Indo-European languages, of which one should be a widely used language, such as Chinese. It is expected that candidates will have experience of working in collaborative research projects and experience in acquiring external research funding. The appointment will be made in accordance with the general provisions of German public sector employment law. Candidates must be university graduates with experience in and an aptitude for academic teaching who have shown a particular capacity for independent academic research, generally through the outstanding quality of their PhD or doctorate. For additional information on employment requirements, please refer to 1.4 of the Framework Regulations Governing the Approval, Recruitment and Evaluation Procedures for Junior Professorships at Saarland University (http://www.uni-saarland.de/Berufungen).
Your application should include copies of your degree certificates, a list of publications, a summary of your academic history and your teaching experience, a concept paper of no more than five pages outlining your future involvement with the SFB 1102 ‘Information Density and Linguistic Encoding’, the completed recruitment questionnaire ‘Fragebogen zur Überprüfung der Einstellungsvoraussetzungen’ (http://www.uni-saarland.de/Berufungen), your work and home addresses (including telephone number and e-mail address) and the job reference number. Please submit your application to the application postal address below; please also send an electronic copy of your application to the application email address below.
Application Deadline: 05-Jan-2018
Mailing Address for Applications:
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roland Marti
Dean of the Faculty of Humanities
Campus B3 1
Email Address for Applications: dekanat-p -saarland.de
Web Address for Applications: http://bit.ly/2AMH56g
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Elke Teich
Email: e.teich mx.uni-saarland.de
Please receive this job offer for a one-year post-doctoral position in speech production, in the framework of the StopNCo ANR project (http://www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/Project-ANR-14-CE30-0017 <http://www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/Project-ANR-14-CE30-0017>), starting from March 2018 (at the latest in October 2018).
More details in the attached file or here: https://www.gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr/~maeva.garnier/mes_documents/PostDocPosition-StopNCo.pdf <https://www.gipsa-lab.grenoble-inp.fr/~maeva.garnier/mes_documents/PostDocPosition-StopNCo.pdf>
I would be thankful if you could circulate this job offer in your research institution and forward it to anyone who may be interested in it.
Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics has a vacancy for a PhD candidate in the field of linguistics (specialization: forensic phonetics) (1.0 FTE).
The Speaker in Speech is an NWO VIDI project (2017-2022) hosted by the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. This project investigates the relationship between speaker information and linguistic information in the acoustic speech signal. Project goals are to further our understanding of how speakers show variation within their own speech and how they differ from others, as conditioned by linguistic structure, and to thus advance the state of the art in forensic speech science. The main research questions are (i) how does the speaker specificity of speech sounds (i.e. indexical information) depend on linguistically-determined aspects of the spoken message, and (ii) how can speech features be optimally combined to characterize speakers. The research project benefits from a close cooperation with the Netherlands Forensic Institute.
The PhD student is expected to:
• Conduct acoustic-phonetic research on how consonants and high-frequency syllables carry speaker characteristics in Dutch spontaneous speech;
• Submit manuscripts for publication in (inter)national peer-reviewed journals;
• Present research output at (inter)national conferences;
• Write a PhD thesis on forensic phonetics;
• Contribute to the development of annotation and measurement databases;
• Contribute to teaching and/or to advising/supervising BA and MA students affiliated with the project;
• Spend 1-3 months at a foreign lab for research/training;
• Participate in reading/ discussions groups within LUCL, and workshops within and outside of LUCL.
• A completed Master (or equivalent) degree in a relevant field; a specialization in phonetics would be an advantage;
• Affinity with the topic of the research project;
• Demonstrable experience with speech analysis software as well as phonetic research skills, such as scripting, speech annotation, and speech analysis;
• Familiar with statistical and/or computational methods (e.g., using SPSS and/or R);
• Excellent command of Dutch and English, with good scientific writing skills;
• Good social and organizational skills;
• Able to work both independently and as part of a team;
• You have an understanding of ethical principles of research, and the ability to work accordingly.
Research at our Faculty/Institute
The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and area studies covering nearly every region of the world. With its staff of 995, the faculty provides 27 master’s and 25 bachelor’s programmes for over 7,000 students based at locations in Leiden’s historic city centre and in modern buildings in The Hague.
Leiden University has a longstanding tradition in research in the world’s languages and features unique linguistic expertise. LUCL combines current theoretical insights and modern experimental methods in its research profile area “Language Diversity in the World”.
LUCL wishes to create a stimulating intellectual environment in which PhD students can develop into mature researchers. The emphasis of the training programme is on communal learning in a highly interactive context. The final purpose of the PhD programme is to educate linguists who not only are specialists in their chosen field, but also have a grasp of the larger issues in linguistics, including interdisciplinary research.
Terms and conditions
Appointment will be according to the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten). The employment will be for a period of four years (first a contract of 18 months with an extension of 30 months after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility), starting April 1 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. The gross monthly salary is set on €2,222 in the first year, increasing to €2,840 gross per month in the final year.
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.
Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.
Enquiries with regard to the project can be made to Dr. Willemijn F. L. Heeren (w.f.l.heeren AT hum.leidenuniv.nl).
For practical matters, please contact Maarit van Gammeren (m.s.k.van.gammeren AT hum.leidenuniv.nl).
Project details can be found at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/research/research-projects/humanities/the-speaker-in-speech
To apply for this vacancy, please send in English an email quoting the vacancy number to [log in to unmask] Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:
• A cover letter;
• A CV;
• Names and contact details of two referees;
• A copy of your MA thesis, possibly complemented with another publication representative of your writing and research qualities.
Include the listed items, in this order, in ONE single PDF or ZIP file named ‘FAMILY NAME–Given name–vacancy title/number’.
Interviews for this position will be held 1 and 2 February 2018.
Applications are invited for the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Postdoctoral Fellowship in Iranian Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at UCLA. The fellowships will have a term of two years. The selected candidate will conduct research in Iranian Linguistics and will teach two undergraduate courses per year in the Department of Linguistics at UCLA. The list of UCLA Linguistics undergraduate courses can be found at http://linguistics.ucla.edu/undergraduate/courses/ .
Applicant Qualifications: Scholars with teaching and publication experience are welcome to apply for the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Postdoctoral Fellowship in Iranian Linguistics. Applications will be accepted from individuals who have received a Ph.D. in Iranian Languages and Linguistics and related fields within the last ten years, or by the time of their appointment. Applicants shall also have knowledge of the Persian language and Iranian Linguistics.
Applicants should propose a research plan for the period of the fellowship, and have contacted one or more faculty members in the Department of Linguistics who will support the research plan. These include the faculty members in the areas of phonetics and phonology (see http://linguistics.ucla.edu/faculty/), in which we welcome applications.
Application Requirements: The applications must include: (a) a current resume/curriculum vitae; (b) a list of publications; (c) a research plan; (d) three reference letters from scholars in fields related to the proposed research. The reference letters should be sent directly to the fellowship selection committee; (e) identification of faculty members in the Department of Linguistics supporting the research plan; (f) sample (in English) of recent written work; and (g) documents attesting to teaching abilities, such as sets of course evaluations and/or recommendation letters specific to teaching.
To apply, please submit your application through UCRECRUIT web site at the link below.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).
Application Deadline: 29-Dec-2017
Web Address for Applications: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03410
Academic Personnel Officer Nancy Gutierrez
Email: iranianling ucla.edu
Open Rank Faculty Member in Communication Sciences and Disorders
The University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. We seek an outstanding scholar with a well-established program of research in mechanisms of learning and plasticity in speech, language, and/or hearing who will complement and enhance the behavioral, neurobiological, clinical, and technology-focused investigations ongoing at the UT-Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders.
Domains of inquiry may include typical monolingual and bilingual learners, and/or clinical populations such as individuals with neurogenic communication disorders, hearing impairment and/or childhood speech and language disorders. Responsibilities include research, undergraduate- and graduate-level teaching, and mentoring doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. Please contact Lisa Goffman, Search Committee Chair ([log in to unmask]) with any questions about the position.
Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, teaching statement, and the full contact information for at least three references via the online application form available at http://jobs.utdallas.edu/postings/9143.
Tenure-Track Position (Assistant Professor) in Experimental Phonetics at the Department of Linguistics and Languages at McMaster University, starting date July 1, 2018.
Areas of competence: Applicants should have a Ph.D., with evidence of a strong research program, experimental expertise and teaching experience. Familiarity in all aspects of phonetics with a focus on experimental methods and an interest in clinical applications are expected. The successful candidate may be expected to phonetics, phonology, anatomy of speech and hearing, and statistics/ research methods, and contribute to McMaster Speech-Language Pathology program. The department houses a research centre (ARiEAL) with a phonetics lab, as well as a neurolinguistics lab, brain and memory lab, eye-tracking lab, and language structures & bilingualism lab. It is hoped that the successful candidate will pursue research collaborations with colleagues within and outside of the Department.
The Department home to two undergraduate programs (Linguistics; Cognitive Science of Language) and a graduate program (MSc; PhD) in the Cognitive Science of Language. We have expertise in Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Applied Linguistics, and Corpus Linguistics. For further information, please see: http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~linguistics/
Starting salary will be based on experience and qualifications. Applications received by January 8, 2018 will receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.
Application package should include; a letter of application, a CV, a research statement, 3-5 published papers, and a brief statement on teaching, including evidence of teaching effectiveness. Materials must be submitted through the University’s electronic portal at the application link below. References accepted electronically emailed to: lingdept mcmaster.ca. Queries should be addressed to Dr. Magda Stroinska, Chair, Department of Linguistics and Languages at lingdept mcmaster.ca. Applicants must arrange for three letters of reference to reach the Department by the application deadline.
To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ immigration status. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:
- Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
As an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity and diversity. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons. Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) or the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Resources office at ext. 22207 to communicate accommodation needs.
Application Deadline: 08-Jan-2018 (Open until filled)
Web Address for Applications: http://workingatmcmaster.ca/careers/
Dr. Magda Stroinska
Email: lingdept mcmaster.ca
The deadline for material for the next foNETiks newsletter is 10th January 2018.