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  				   A newsletter for 
  			 The International Phonetic Association 
  				and for the Phonetic Sciences 
  				   March 2011 
Linda Shockey, BBC Pronunciation Unit and University of Reading, UK. 
Gerry Docherty, Newcastle University, UK. 
Paul Foulkes, University of York and JP French Associates, UK. 
Lisa Lim, University of Hong Kong.
E-mail address: fonetiks-request at jiscmail.ac.uk 
The foNETiks archive can be found on the WWW at: 
Visit the IPA web page at http://www.langsci.ucl.ac.uk 
  			   [new ones marked ##] 
			 [date of first appearance follows] 
5 March, 2011. Oxford Sound Day, Oxford, England. 
http://www.phon.ox.ac.uk/sound_day  (02/11)

11-12 April 2011. BACL 2011, 3rd Colloquium of the British Association of Clinical Linguistics, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK. 
http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/hss/subject_groups_0538C63C6F7C4552A9B6352602B573AE.htm (1/11)
5-7 May 2011. NorClinLing, Gran Norway. clinical2011 at iln.uio.no; www.hf.uio.no/clinical 2011 (2/11)

16-18 May 2011. Speaking 2011: Speaking in a Foreign language - Effective Learning, Teaching and Assessment Konin, Poland. 
http://sites.google.com/site/konferencjamowienie2011/english (1/11)

##21 May 2011. Speaking of Prosody, Lund University, Sweden http://conference2.sol.lu.se/speakprosody/ (03/11)

##25-27 May 2011. 4th ISCA Workshop on Experimental Linguistics (ExLing 2011), Paris, France. 
http://conferences.phil.uoa.gr/exling/ (03/11)
27-28 May 2011. TRANSCRIBING, WRITING, FORMALISING - 2, 25th international conference, Cercle Linguistique du Centre et de l'Ouest,Université d'Orléans, France. http://www.mshs.univ-poitiers.fr/cerlico/cerlico.htm (09/10)
8-11 June 2011. 6th International Conference on Speech Motor Control, Groningen - Nijmegen, NL. http://www.slp-nijmegen.nl/smc2011
13-15 June 2011. Phonetics without Borders (PhwB-2011). Blagoveshchensk, http://www.amursu.ru/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3738&Itemid=661&lang=en
Amur Region, Russia. (11/10)

##15-18 June 2011. International Child Phonology Conference, University of York, UK. 
http://yorkconferences.com/Delegate_Information/International_Child_Phonology_Conference.aspx (10/10)[conference dates revised 03/11]
17-21 June 2011. Workshop on Phonetic Grounding in English Phonology, Boston, MA, USA. (1/11)
21–22 June 2011. Phonetics and Phonology in Iberia 2011 (PaPI 2011), Tarragona, Spain.
http://wwwa.urv.cat/deaa/PaPI2011/home.html (11/10)

20-23 June 2011. ISSP’11, Montreal, Canada. (02/11) 
27 June-1 July 2011.Forum Acusticum 2011: European conference of the 
European Acoustics Association, Aalborg, Denmark. http://www.fa2011.org/ (1/11) 
30 Jun - 02 Jul 2011. French Phonology Network Annual Meeting, RFP 2011, Tours, France. (1/11)

##24-28 July 2011. International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA), Vienna, Austria. 
http://www.kfs.oeaw.ac.at/content/blogcategory/152/533// (03/11)
16 August 2011. Coarticulation in New Varieties of English. A satellite 
event to ICPhS XVII. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, 
China. http://www.reading.ac.uk/epu/ICPhS17_Satellite/ (11/10)
17-21 August 2011. The 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 
(ICPhS XVII). Hong Kong SAR, China. http://www.icphs2011.hk (08/10)

##22-23 August 2011. The Psycholinguistic Representation of Tone Conference (PLRT 2011), Chinese University of Hong Kong.
http://www.psych.lancs.ac.uk/res/PLRT2011.html (03/11)
24-26 August 2011. Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE) 
2011. Venice, Italy. http://project.cgm.unive.it/events/SLaTE2011/ (11/10)
27-31 August 2011. Interspeech 2011. Florence, Italy. 
http://www.interspeech2011.org/ (12/10)
12-14 September 2011. The Prosody-Discourse Interface, Salford, Manchester, 
UK. http://www.famss.salford.ac.uk/page/pdi_conference (09/10)
## 28-30 September 2011. 22th German Conference on Speech Signal Processing ESSV2011, Aachen, Germany http://www.essv2011.rwth-aachen.de/ (03/11)

7-8 October 2011. Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching 
(PSLLT): The Confluence of Social Factors and Pronunciation: Accent, 
Identity, Irritation and Discrimination. Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 
USA. http://pslltconference.com (12/10)

##17-18 November 2011. Full Title: La Perception des Accents du Français hors de France. Avignon, France 
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##18-21 January 2012. Full Title: 9th Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP9), Berlin, Germany 
http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/workshop_ocp9.html (03/11)

2 July 2012. Teaching and Learning Pronunciation: Local and global 
perspectives on research and practice. Cairns, Australia. 
http://www.astmanagement.com.au/acta12/index.html (12/10)

28-30 September 2011. 22th German Conference on Speech Signal Processing ESSV2011, Aachen, Germany http://www.essv2011.rwth-aachen.de/

Topics: speech recognition, speech synthesis, applied phonetics etc.

Conference language: mainly German, but contributions in English are welcome as well.

Conference papers will be published in a book series (with ISSN number): "Studientexte zur Sprachkommunikation" TUDpress.


24-28 July 2011. International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA), Vienna, Austria. 

The Acoustics Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with the Bundeskriminalamt Österreich, has the honour of hosting the 20th celebratory Conference of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics from Sunday 24th to Thursday, 28th of July 2011 at the Bundeskriminalamt Vienna, Austria. 

Call for Papers 

You are invited to submit an abstract of a paper for presentation at the IAFPA 2011 Annual Conference by 15 April 2011. Abstracts will be considered by the Scientific Committee and you should receive confirmation about whether the paper has been accepted by 31th May 2011. We welcome abstracts on topics such as: 

•	Speaker identification/comparison
•	Presenting evidence in court
•	Speaker profiling
•	Disputed utterances
•	Voice line-ups
•	Speech and audio enhancement
•	Authentication of recordings
•	Forensic acoustics. 

A special session will be dedicated to the ongoing and important discussion of presenting evidence in court. 

The topics listed above are not a complete list, and other topics would be welcome if they promote the aims of  IAFPA, which are to 'foster research and provide a forum for the interchange of ideas and information on practice, development and research in forensic phonetics and acoustics set down and enforce standards of professional conduct and procedure for those involved in forensic phonetic and acoustic casework'. 

Please note that the official language of the conference is English.

Abstract Format

Abstracts should be a maximum of 2 pages in length.

In order to ensure that the abstracts have the same format for the conference programme, there is a template which you are asked to use. The template was devised by Anders Eriksson and his team for the 2006 Conference. The template is available on the conference website.

Please submit your abstract to [log in to unmask] 

Satellite Meeting on Elicitation of Forensic Speech Sample 

A satellite meeting on Thursday 28th July 2011 will be devoted to the elicitation of forensic speech samples. This includes both interviews for language analysis for the determination of origin (LADO) and reference recordings of suspects for speech sample comparisons. 

Presentations for this satellite meeting might include, but are not limited to the following topics: 

•	current practices in LADO and in recording of suspects 
•	interviewing techniques 
•	application of established methods of linguistic field research re data elicitation 
•	dealing with disguise and uncooperativeness 
•	strategies of less than fully cooperative speakers 
•	(dis)advantages of monologues, question-answer formats, repeating sentences, telephone vs. direct interviews etc. 
•	sociolinguistic issues

We invite abstracts for this meeting. We specifically aim to have room for sharing experiences and ideas, so that current practice in both LADO and speech sample comparisons may benefit. 

This meeting will be organised by Tina Cambier-Langeveld (Immigration and Naturalisation Service, The Netherlands) and by Peter Gottschligg (Vienna.) 
Please submit your abstract to: [log in to unmask] 

Full Title: 4th ISCA Workshop on Experimental Linguistics 
Short Title: ExLing 2011 

Date: 25-May-2011 - 27-May-2011 
Location: Paris, France 
Contact Person: Antonis Botinis
Meeting Email: [log in to unmask] 
Web Site: http://conferences.phil.uoa.gr/exling/ 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Phonetics

Other Specialty: Experimental Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2011 

Meeting Description:

This ISCA Workshop on Experimental Linguistics 2011 is the fourth Workshop, which takes place in Paris, France. The Workshop aims to bring together professionals working with language in different settings and to promote discussion and exchange of ideas on approaches to the study of language. The Workshop will focus on experimental and interdisciplinary approaches with the ultimate objective of boosting international research and collaboration. 

All experimental disciplines and subjects with reference to the study of language are related to the Workshop, such as speech production, speech acoustics, speech perception, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, applied linguistics and language therapy.

2nd Call for Papers: 

The Workshop will contain a combination of oral and poster sessions along with interdisciplinary panel discussions and working groups. Submission of abstracts are invited with reference to the aims of the Workshop. 

Abstract Submission Guidelines: 

A contributor in the workshop may be a single author of only one paper, and may be the co-author of two additional papers. Submitted abstracts of max 500 words (one page) will be reviewed in accordance with the following criteria: 

1. Significance: Does this study address an important problem? 
2. Innovation: Does the study employ novel concepts or methods? Are the aims 
original and innovative? 
3. Approach: Are the conceptual frameworks, designs, methods, and analyses 
4. Usefulness: How can the research objectives benefit the respective scientific 
5. Clarity: How clear and well-organized is the presentation?


Full Title: La Perception des Accents du Français hors de France 

Date: 17-Nov-2011 - 18-Nov-2011 
Location: Avignon, France 
Contact Person: Anika Falkert
Meeting Email: < click here to access email > 

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): French

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2011 

Meeting Description:

'La Perception des Accents du Français hors de France/The Perception of Regional Variation in French Spoken outside of France' Avignon (France), 17-18 November 2011

Call for Papers: 

During this conference, we will attempt to put into perspective the findings of several domains (psycholinguistic, sociophonetics, cognitive sociolinguistics, perceptual dialectology, automatic speech processing) implicated in the identification of the accents of French spoken outside of France. 

We encourage presentations dealing with the following topics: 

- Contributions made by the perception of varieties of French outside of France toward the modelling of perception/speech production (especially usage-based models) 
- The role of linguistic and non-linguistic factors in the perception of linguistic variation within the Francophone world 
- Cognitive prototypes and cultural stereotypes in the perception of accents 
- The degree of intercomprehension among the varieties of French 
- Dialectometric approaches (the distance perceived between two or more dialects) 
- Automatic recognition of accents 
- Automatic processing of accented speech 
- Issues related to the perception of accents in French-language teaching in the Francophone world. 

Experimental approaches are especially welcome. 

Instructions for submitting proposals 

- The conference will host oral and poster presentations. 
- Proposals should be sent as a .doc or .rtf file to the following address before April 30 2011: anika.falkert univ-avignon.fr. 
- They should take the form of a two-page document: on the first page, title of paper, author's name, address and professional affiliation; on the second page, title of paper and anonymous abstract no longer than 400 words accompanied by 4-5 keywords and any given references and the type of presentation (oral or poster presentation). 
- The abstract should mention explicitly the given area(s) into which the work best fits: psycholinguistics, sociophonetics, cognitive sociolinguistics, perceptual dialectology, automatic speech processing. 
- Oral presentations will be scheduled for 30 minute slots (20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions). 
- The languages of the conference are French and English. 

Scientific Committee : 

Zoë Boughton (University of Exeter) 
Philippe Boula de Mareüil (LIMSI - CNRS) 
Elisabetta Carpitelli (Université de Nice) 
Christian Guilbault (Simon Fraser University) 
Georges Linarès (Université d'Avignon) 
Christine Meunier (CNRS - Université de Provence) 
Noël Nguyen (CNRS - Université de Provence) 
Pascal Nocéra (Université d'Avignon) 
François Poiré (University of Western Ontario) 
François Pellegrino (CNRS – Université Lyon 2) 
Elissa Pustka (University of Munich) 
Graham Ranger (Université d'Avignon) 

Contact and Submission Address: 

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August 22-23 2011 The Psycholinguistic Representation of Tone Conference (PLRT 2011), Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong http://www.psych.lancs.ac.uk/res/PLRT2011.html

The Psycholinguistic Representation of Tone (PLRT) conference will be held in Hong Kong on August 22-23, 2011, as a satellite of the International Congress on Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS; Hong Kong, August 17-21, 2011). The conference will identify a worldwide network of researchers and laboratories actively conducting advanced research on tone, and will be held in Hong Kong, at the centre of an area in which a large proportion of the world’s tone languages are spoken. We hope to attract researchers from linguistics, phonetics, speech science, psychology, engineering, speech pathology, and having the conference as a satellite to ICPhS will enhance accessibility and delegates’ access to home-institution conference funding. 

The aims are to 

(a) promote research on tone, a distinct but relatively neglected aspect of speech; 
(b) explore research issues raised especially by tones, e.g., tone vs intonation, lexical tone vs musical pitch, left vs right hemisphere processing, amusia and aphasia; and 
(c) facilitate information transfer and collaboration between researchers from diverse areas, e.g., psychology, neuroscience, music cognition, phonetics and phonology, engineering and computer science.

Submission deadline: April 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2011 or shortly thereafter.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Jack Gandour
Dr. Yi Xu


Full Title: 9th Old World Conference in Phonology 
Short Title: OCP9 

Date: 18-Jan-2012 - 21-Jan-2012 
Location: Berlin, Germany 
Contact Person: Laura Downing
Meeting Email: < click here to access email > 
Web Site: http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/workshop_ocp9.html 

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Call Deadline: 18-Sep-2011 

Meeting Description:

The 9th edition of the Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP9) will take place at the ZAS in Berlin, on 18-21 January 2012. 

Local Organizing Committee: 

Laura J. Downing (ZAS, Berlin) 
Annie Rialland (LPP, Paris) 
Jochen Trommer (Leipzig) 
Ruben van de Vijver (Uni Potsdam) 
Marzena Zygis (ZAS, Berlin) 

It will follow in the line of previous OCP conferences which have been held in Leiden, Tromsø, Budapest, Rhodes, Toulouse, Edinburgh, Nice and Marrakech. 

The main conference will focus on the interfaces between phonology and other areas of linguistics (phonetics, morphology, semantics, pragmatics), but abstracts can be submitted on any topic in phonology. 

There is also a one-day thematic pre-conference workshop on 'The Phonology-Syntax Interface' (organized by the BantuPsyn ANR-DFG project). 

Keynote Speakers for the Workshop and Main Conference: 

- Caroline Féry (Uni Frankfurt) 
- Edward Flemming (MIT) 
- Larry Hyman (UC-Berkeley) 
- Sharon Peperkamp (Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, Paris) 
- Ingo Plag (Uni Siegen)

Call for Papers: 

For the main conference, we invite abstracts either for 20 min oral presentation, followed by 10 min of discussion, or for poster presentation. 

For the workshop, we invite submission of abstracts or 20 min oral presentation, followed by 10 min of discussion. 

Submissions will be anonymously refereed by at least two reviewers. 

Abstracts are to be submitted through EasyChair. More information on this will be announced on the conference web page by the end of May 2011. 

- Deadline for submission: September 18, 2011 
- Abstracts are no longer than two pages, including examples and references 
- Submissions are restricted to one single-authored and one co-authored abstract at most 
- Conference language is English: abstracts and talks will be in English 
- Page format: A4, 2,54 cm (one inch) margins on all sides, 12-point font, single line spacing 
- File format: .pdf 
- File name: 
For submissions for the main conference: [title-main.pdf], e.g. Sesotho_Stops_and_the_Phonology-Phonetics_Interface-main.pdf 

For submissions for the workshop: [title-workshop.pdf], e.g. Clitics_in_Ewe_and_the_Phonology-Syntax_interface-workshop.pdf 

We aim to finalize the program, and to contact abstract senders by 7 November 2011. 

Important Dates: 

Submission deadline: 18 September 2011 
Notification of acceptance: 7 November 2011 
Early registration: before 15 December 2011 
Workshop/conference: 18-21 January 2012


Full Title: Speaking of Prosody 

Date: 21-May-2011 - 21-May-2011 
Location: Lund, Sweden 
Contact Person: Mikael Roll
Meeting Email: < click here to access email > 
Web Site: http://conference2.sol.lu.se/speakprosody/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Neurolinguistics; Phonetics; Pragmatics

Call Deadline: 23-Mar-2011 

Meeting Description:

Speaking of Prosody – A symposium in conjunction with the 60th birthday of Professor Merle Horne 
Host University: Lund University, Sweden 

On Saturday 21 May 2011, a symposium on new insights into prosody, pragmatics, and their related brain functioning will be held in Lund. The symposium will take place on occasion of the 60th birthday of Professor Merle Horne. 


Kai Alter, Newcastle University 
Carlos Gussenhoven, Radboud University, Nijmegen 
Julia Hirschberg, Columbia University, New York 
Inger Moen, Oslo University 
Valéria Molnár, Lund University 
Tomas Riad, Stockholm University 
Mikael Roll and Magnus Lindgren, Lund University 
Eva Strangert, Umeå University 
Yury Shtyrov, Medical Research Council, Cambridge 

Website: http://conference2.sol.lu.se/speakprosody/

Call for Papers: 

Welcome to submit a poster abstract (max 300 words) in any area including, but not limited to, prosody, pragmatics, and neuroscience. Deadline for submission is 23 March 2011. Please register by sending an email to [log in to unmask] . 

For more information: 



University or Organization: Rice University 
Department: Linguistics 
Job Location: Texas, USA 
Web Address: http://linguistics.rice.edu 
Job Rank: Lecturer 

Specialty Areas: Phonetics; Phonology; Laboratory Phonology 


The Department of Linguistics at Rice University is now accepting 
applications for a lecturer position in laboratory phonology and phonetics. 
The successful applicant will be asked to teach courses in both of these 
areas, an introductory linguistics course, and may teach additional courses 
in his or her subject area. This is a one-year appointment, and the course 
load is four courses for that year. Deadline for receipt of applications is 
March 25, 2011. Ph.D. is required by time of appointment; position start 
date is July 1, 2011. 

We especially welcome applications from researchers who share the 
department's interest in approaching language from a usage-based 
perspective with solid empirical grounding in primary data, especially 
approaches of a cognitive, social-interactional, and/or functional nature. 
See also our departmental web site at the URL above. 

Application materials include: cover letter, CV, teaching statement, sample 
of written work, and names and contact information for three references. 
Past teaching evaluations and/or information about course topics the 
applicant could teach are also welcome but not required at this time. 

Rice University is committed to affirmative action and equal opportunity in 
education and employment. Rice does not discriminate on the basis of race, 
color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, 
disability or veteran status. Rice University is an Equal 
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

Application Deadline: 25-Mar-2011 
Mailing Address for Applications:
Search Committee 
Department of Linguistics MS-23 
Rice University 
6100 Main 
Houston, TX 77005 
Contact Information:
Nancy Niedzielski 
Email: [log in to unmask] 
Phone: 713-348-6010 
Fax: 713-348-4718


Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences


Project: Speaker-controlled variability in children's speech in interaction.

An ESRC-funded post is available for a post-doctoral Research Associate with a background in speech and hearing sciences. The postholder will assist in a study on ‘Speaker-controlled variability in children's speech in interaction’. Responsibilities will include recording an extensive corpus of spontaneous speech for children aged 8 to 14 years, carrying out acoustic-phonetic analyses, designing and running speech perception testing with adult listeners, data analysis and writing up papers for publication.
The postholder will be working closely with the principal investigator on this project, Prof. Valerie Hazan.

The post is initially funded for 3 years and is available from 15 April 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter, and the starting salary, inclusive of London Allowance, is £31,778 per annum.

Applicants must have completed a PhD in a relevant field (speech and hearing sciences, experimental phonetics, psychology). Experience in the acoustic analysis of speech and in the testing of human participants is essential, and experience of testing children and/or analyzing child speech will be an
advantage.   Effective organizational, written and verbal communication
skills are also essential.

Any offer of employment will be subject to a Criminal Record Bureau check.
This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

For further information about the post (person and job specification) and on how to apply for this position, seewww.ucl.ac.uk/psychlangsci/vacancies. For further information about the department, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychlangsci/research/speech. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Prof. Valerie Hazan,[log in to unmask]

The closing date for applications is Friday 1 April 2011


Institution/Organization: University of Edinburgh 
Department: Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation 
Web Address: http://www.ilcc.inf.ed.ac.uk/ 

Level: PhD 

Duties: Research 

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics 
Speech Technology 



Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation 
School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh 

The Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC) at the 
University of Edinburgh (formerly ICCS) invites applications for 
three-year PhD studentships starting in September 2011. ILCC is 
dedicated to the pursuit of basic and applied research on 
computational approaches to language, communication and cognition. 
Primary research areas include: 

- Natural language processing and computational linguistics 

- Spoken language processing 

- Dialogue and multimodal interaction 

- Information extraction, retrieval and presentation 

- Computational theories of human cognition 

- Educational and assistive technology 

Approximately 5 studentships for EU and UK students are available. 
These cover maintenance at the research council rate of around 
GBP 13 500 per year, plus tuition fees at the EU/UK rate. 

Applicants should have a good honours degree or equivalent in 
computational linguistics, speech technology, cognitive science, 
computer science, or a related discipline. 

For a list of academic staff at ILCC, their research areas, and a 
description of potential PhD topics, please consult: 


Details regarding the PhD programme and the application procedure can 
be found at: 


In order to ensure full consideration for funding, applications 
(including all supporting documents) need to be received by 
March 31, 2011. 

Please direct inquiries to Hiroshi Shimodaira <[log in to unmask]>, 
the ILCC PhD admissions coordinator. 

Applications Deadline: 31-Mar-2011 

Web Address for Applications: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/informatics/postgraduate/degrees/phd 

Contact Information: 
        Dr Hiroshi Shimodaira 
        [log in to unmask] </h.shimodaira 

University or Organization: University of Groningen 
Department: Graduate School of the Humanities 
Job Location: Groningen, Netherlands 
Web Address: http://www.rug.nl/gradschoolHumanities/index 
Job Rank: PhD students 

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Phonetics 


3 PhD positions General Linguistics/Phonetics (3,0 fte) (211031-33) 

Job description 

Applications are invited for three PhD students at the Graduate School for 
the Humanities, Center for Language and Cognition Groningen 
Successful applicants will join the project Mutual intelligibility of 
closely related languages in Europe: linguistic and non-linguistic 
determinants which is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific 
Research (NWO). The aim of the project is to investigate the mutual 
intelligibility of related languages within the Germanic, Slavic and 
Romance language families. The results will be correlated with linguistic 
factors, such as phonetic and lexical distances, as well as 
extra-linguistic factors, such as language attitudes towards and 
familiarity with the languages concerned. Tests will also be carried out 
with English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) to compare the (mutual) 
intelligibility of related languages with the (mutual) intelligibility of 
ELF as spoken by the same groups of speakers. Each PhD student will 
cover one of the language areas (Germanic, Slavic or Romance) but they will 
work together methodologically and cooperate with senior researchers. The 
full project description can be downloaded from: 


Preference will be given to candidates who can offer the following: 
. university graduate 
. Master's degree in phonetics, linguistics (or related field) 
. good knowledge of languages and the language situation in the relevant language area (Germanic, Slavic or Romance) 
. an interest in experimental research, language planning, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics 
. statistical knowledge 
. experience with speech manipulation and speech processing programmes (e.g. PRAAT) 
. strong motivation to complete a PhD dissertation in four years 
. proven research abilities 
. publication skills and desire to publish 
. fluency in written and spoken English (TOEFL 620, IELTS 7,5, Cambridge Advanced CAE) 
. ability to work collaboratively 
. an accurate way of working 
. self motivation. 

How to apply 

For the full advert details and for the application procedure go to: 

Application Deadline: 15-Mar-2011 

Web Address for Applications: http://www.rug.nl/gradschoolHumanities/admissions/phdPositions/PhDpositionGeneralLinguistics-Phonetics2011?lang=en 
Contact Information:
Ms Wyke van der Meer 
Email: [log in to unmask]

In Memoriam

Edda Farnetani (1936-2010)

Edda Farnetani died December 14, 2010.  Her contribution to phonetic science was mostly in the areas of timing and coarticulation in Italian.  She believed that a theory of speech production should include information about articulatory and acoustic variation associated with linguistic units of different sizes, stress, speech tempo, style,
and the physio-mechanical properties of articulatory structures.  She identified some patterns of articulatory behaviour using electropalatographic and acoustic data at a time when techniques for analysing articulatory movement in speech were not widely available.  She will be missed for her enthusiastic approach to research and her insightful and energetic approach to new projects.

Ilse Lehiste (1922-2010)

Ilse Lehiste died Christmas day, 2010.  Her death brought to the end more than six decades of groundbreaking work in many of the phonetic sciences and historical linguistics.  She was the author, co-author or editor of 20 books and about 200 articles, the recipient of many honorary degrees and other honours, and a founding member of the Linguistics Department at the Ohio State University.  Her lifelong contribution to the study of suprasegmentals was in part inspired by her Estonian heritage, and many of her last contributions were about Estonian prosody.  Her influence on the field was marked not only by her personal achievements, but also by her great influence on students and colleagues, hundreds of whom feel her loss deeply.

The deadline for material for the next foNETiks newsletter is 28 March 2011.

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