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                               A newsletter for

                        The International Phonetic Association

                             and for the Phonetic Sciences

                                  October 2011


Linda Shockey, University of Reading, UK.

Gerry Docherty, Newcastle University, UK.

Shira Katseff, University of Canterbury, NZ.

Lisa Lim, The University of Hong Kong.

E-mail address: fonetiks-request at jiscmail.ac.uk

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03-04 November 2011. Interfaces in Linguistic Research. Manchester, UK. http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/elke.philburn/PLC%202011.htm (07/11)

##11-12 November 2011. Ilse Lehiste Memorial Symposium: Melody and Meter, Ohio State University. http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/LehisteSymposium/ (10/11)

17-18 November 2011. La Perception des Accents du Français hors de France. Avignon, France. ] (03/11)

25-26 November 2011. International Seminar on Prosodic Interfaces 2011 (ISPI-11). New Delhi, India. http://www.jnu.ac.in/ispi11/ (04/11)

2 - 3 December 2011. `r-atics-3: Workshop on the phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics and typology of rhotics. Language Study Unit, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.

www.unibz.it/ratics3 (09/11)

10-14 December 2011. NINJAL international conference on phonetics and phonology (ICPP 2011). Kyoto, Japan. http://www.ninjal.ac.jp/phonology/InternationalConference/icpp/home/ (07/11)

15 - 17 December 2011. Accents 2011, Lodz, Poland. http://filolog.uni.lodz.pl/accents2011 (05/11)

1-2 March 2012. The Phonology of Contemporary English: Variation and Change (PAC 2012).  Toulouse, France. http://w3.pac.univ-tlse2.fr (07/11).

18-21 January 2012. 9th Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP9). Berlin, Germany. http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/workshop_ocp9.html (03/11)

##27 March 2012.  GLOW workshop on Prosodically-Coded Information Structure, Potsdam, Germany http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/~glow


22-24 April 2012. 2nd International Phonetics & Phonology Conference Shanghai. Shanghai, China. (07/11)

2-4 May 2012. 2nd Workshop on Sound Change, Kloster Seeon, Bavaria, Germany. http://www.phonetik.uni muenchen.de/institut/veranstaltungen/soundchange/

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)

15-17 August 2012. Nordic Prosody XI. Tartu, Estonia. http://www.nordicprosody.ut.ee/ (07/11)




GLOW Workshop, 27 March 2012

Production and perception of prosodically-encoded information structure

Frank Kügler & Sabine Zerbian

In many (though not in all) languages, information-structural context, e.g. focus, influences the prosodic form of an utterance. Information structure may be prosodically encoded by different acoustic parameters, such as the commonly found increase in intensity, duration and fundamental frequency for focus, but also by differences in pitch register scaling of tones or phrasing. The prosodic encoding of information structure may be based on universal aspects of pitch (Gussenhoven 2004) or driven by communication-oriented processes as a deviation from a neutral register/voice (Kügler 2011). Many studies have investigated the prosodic encoding of information structure in a variety of languages, as e.g. presented at last year’s GLOW-workshop on the phonological marking of focus and topic.

The workshop wants to continue this research by turning to the perceptual relevance of the prosodic encoding of information structure. It is therefore interested in the combination of production and perception studies. It aims at dealing with the questions whether listeners perceive prosodic differences related to information structure and how they decode this information at the interface of phonetics, phonology and semantics/pragmatics. E.g. studies by Wu & Xu (2010) have shown that listeners can reliably point out the “prominent” element in a sentence in a language that marks focus prosodically. Swerts et al. (2002) have shown that Dutch listeners are able to reconstruct previous discourse on the basis of prosodic information. Common experimental tasks used to elicit perception and interpretation data include prominence ratings, context matching, and appropriate judgments.

Particular emphasis will be on work that addresses these issues in lesser studied languages and varieties (including contact varieties and learner varieties) in order to gain insight into the existing variation concerning not only production but also perception of prosodically-encoded information structure and therefore reach at a better understanding of the phenomenon as such. 

Core issues are: 

-          Which prosodic cues to information structure do we find in the languages of the world? Are certain cues more prevalent in one type of language than in another?

-          Are prosodic cues to information structure found in production studies perceived and parsed to such an extent that they influence the interpretation of the meaning of a sentence? 

-          Are gradual changes in prosodic cues to information structure perceived categorically?

-          If information structure is encoded by means of different prosodic cues such as F0, duration, intensity or phrasing, do listeners make use of all the cues, or which cues are most important in the perception and interpretation of information structure?

-          If in speech production evidence for speaker-specific strategies to prosodically mark information structure is found, how do listeners deal with speaker variation?

-          Does information structure have a direct or indirect effect on the phonetic realization of the intonation contour and/or phrasing?

-          Are there further case studies that provide evidence for a communication-oriented approach in the phonetic encoding of information structure?

-          What are important methodological issues in the study of perception and interpretation of prosodically-encoded information structure? 

We invite abstracts for 30 + 15 minutes talks. Abstracts are to be submitted via EasyChair. Please consult the abstract guidelines before submitting (http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/~glow/submit.html).


Ilse Lehiste Memorial Symposium: Melody and Meter  

Columbus, Ohio, USA, 11-Nov-2011 - 12-Nov-2011 


A giant in the field of linguistics at large, and at The Ohio State  University, was lost late last year as Ilse Lehiste passed away on 

Christmas Day, 2010, at the age of 88, succumbing to pneumonia. In memory  of our colleague and to commemorate and celebrate her long and productive 

career, the Department of Linguistics is hosting the Ilse Lehiste Memorial  Symposium on November 11-12, 2011. 

There will be three invited speakers, representing three of the many themes  in Ilse’s research: 

Jaan Ross, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre 

Janet Fletcher, University of Melbourne 

Linda Shockey, University of Reading 

plus sessions of submitted papers on relevant topics.  


                                POSITIONS VACANT


The Faculty of Humanities, Stockholm University announces appointments  for Nine (9) doctoral students attached to the Special Doctoral Program 

in Language and Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities (henceforth the  Swedish abbreviation FoSprak will be used) with a starting date of 

August 20, 2012.

Deadline for applications October 14, 2011. Ref nr: SU 617-2342-11.

FoSprak offers a qualified research educational program with focus on  the systematicity and structure of language, i.e. with focus on the 

traditional core areas of linguistics: phonology, morphology, syntax, as  well as semantics and pragmatics. The thesis should be based on 

empirical material derived from one or more languages, preferably with a  cross-linguistic or diachronic perspective.

FoSprak will accept applicants from all areas of language study that  have supervisor capacity at the Faculty of Humanities. Thesis topics 

should be theoretically, methodologically, or empirically linked to the  focus of the program, and it is consequently important for applicants to 

be familiar with the profile of the special doctoral program, which can  be found on its homepage: www.fosprak.su.se/english/programme.

For further details see:


For additional information contact the administrator for the special 

doctoral program, Sofia Gustafson Capková: telephone: 46-(0)8-16 44 08, 

email: sofia at ling.su.se

Prof. Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm

Director of the Special Doctoral Program in Language and Linguistics

Dept. of linguistics, Stockholm University

106 91 Stockholm, Sweden

tel.: +46-8-16 26 20

tamm at ling.su.se



Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, Cambridge Research Lab (CRL) is seeking a 

research engineer to join our Text-To-Speech (TTS) research team.

CRL has been working on HMM-TTS for several years to improve its prosody  generation based on parametric models, to improve excitation models  for better speech quality and to increase speaker and language adaptability. The research team is very active in leading the research area of HMM-TTS.

The successful candidate will lead research work on speaker and language  adaptation, expressive speech synthesis and unsupervised training of 

expressive speech from audio books in a context of HMM-TTS. The candidate  will be expected to create innovative ideas on these research topics, 

to implement them into a TTS system and to do evaluation.

The CRL Speech Technology Group (STG), consisting of TTS, ASR and language  development teams, is a multinational team of dynamic individuals. The team 

carries out mid-to-long term research for Toshiba’s speech recognition and  synthesis systems and contributes to the development of systems for deploy-

ment in North America and Europe. STG works in collaboration with speech R&D  groups in Toshiba RDC, Japan, and Toshiba China. Based in the beautiful city 

of Cambridge, England, the team has close links with the University of  Cambridge. Dr Mark Gales is a part-time Technical Advisor of the group.

Required skills:

- PhD in related subject or equivalent industry expertise

- Good knowledge of HMMs and machine learning

- Good knowledge of HMM-TTS

- Good software skills in C, Python and Linux

- Good English and communication skills

Any of the following are welcomed:

- Experience of speaker adaptation

- Industrial coding experience

- Experience of working in a team

- Knowledge of other major European languages

Applicants should send a CV and a covering letter, stating where you saw  this advert, to stg-jobs at crl.toshiba.co.uk. Questions or requests for 

further details can be sent to Dr Masami Akamine who is staying in  Cambridge at masa.akamin at toshiba.co.jp.


Closing date for applications:  21 October 2011 (or until post filled)


University of California, Los Angeles 

Department: Head and Neck Surgery 

Los Angeles, California, USA 

The UCLA Voice Perception Laboratory (the Bureau of Glottal Affairs) has an opening for a post-doctoral fellow, beginning no sooner than January, 2012.  Initial appointment will be for one year, with renewal for a second year contingent on performance.  The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in the empirical study of voice quality and its relationship to voice production and acoustics, and will enjoy the process of experimentation.  Completion of the PhD degree prior to assuming the position is required.

The primary goal of the project supporting this position is to develop a psychoacoustic model of overall voice quality that can be linked theoretically and empirically to the physical changes in vocal fold vibration that cause perceived changes in quality.  This psychoacoustic model will specify a set of perceptually-important acoustic parameters that combine to replicate and thereby quantify the overall, integral quality of a voice.  We will assess the relationship between changes in the values of model parameters and changes in the perceived extent to which a voice deviates from normal quality.  This will provide an explanatory model specifying how acoustic parameters combine and interact perceptually to determine the location of any voice sample along a continuum from “better” to “worse.”  Finally, we will investigate the link between perceptually-important spectral changes and the associated alterations in glottal configuration, in order to identify targets for remediation that have the highest likelihood of producing vocal improvement during treatment.  

Although the primary focus of the position is voice perception, the voice group at UCLA is highly interdisciplinary, and includes experts in linguistics and cognitive science, speech-language pathology, otolaryngology, mechanical and electrical engineering, and physics.  In addition to perceptual research, facilities are available for high-speed imaging, physical and computational modeling, tissue engineering, in vivo and ex vivo modeling, and aeroacoustic studies, and collaborative interdisciplinary research is encouraged.  Fellows may reserve up to 25% of their time to develop their own projects in these other areas.

Interested candidates should contact Jody Kreiman by email at jkreiman  at ucla.edu.


Rhodes University 

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer - Department of English Language and Linguistics 

Recognising that diversity is important in achieving excellence, Rhodes  University especially encourages South African members of designated 

groups to apply. 

Please note that this appointment will be made in line with the requirements  of the Employment Equity Act of RSA and the University’s recruitment and 

selection policies and equity strategies. For more details refer to: R&S Policy  for Academic Posts. 

Senior Lecturer Requirements: 

- PhD in Linguistics and solid track record of relevant undergraduate and 

postgraduate teaching 

- Please refer to Post Specifications document for additional requirements 

Lecturer Requirements: 

- Master’s in Linguistics with progress towards PhD and relevant teaching 


- Please refer to Post Specifications document additional requirements 

It is essential that prospective candidates read the further particulars relating  to this post and that all relevant documentation is submitted. Failure to 

submit such documentation will result in an application not being considered.  The documents listed below can be obtained by clicking at: 


- Application Form for Academic 

- Curriculum Vitae Required Format – Academic 

- Post Specifications 

- Further Particulars and Selection Process 

The selection process that will be followed for this post including dates of  short-listing, the interview etc, is detailed in the document above. The Full 

Minimum requirements against which candidates are to be measured are  outlined in the requirements document. Please complete the application form 

and save it with your surname as the file name. Please attach your  application, substantial letter of motivation, CV, and certificates to an email 

with the job title as the subject line and send it to jobs-red at ru.ac.za. 

Closing Date: 12h00 Monday, 31 October 2011 

Shortlisted candidates must be available to be interviewed on the 09  November 2011 


Application Deadline:  31-Oct-2011  

Application Address:  Connie  Ngxito , Mrs 

P O Box 94 

Grahamstown   Eastern Cape  6140 

South Africa   


Contact Information:  Connie  Ngxito , Mrs 

Phone: +276038876 Fax: +276038046


Carleton University,Ottowa, Canada


Carleton University’s School of Linguistics and Language Studies invites  applications for a two-year term (non-continuing) position in Linguistics  (Phonetics and Phonology) and Spanish at the level of Instructor I,  commencing July 1, 2012. Native or native-like fluency in Spanish is  required, and a Ph.D. or equivalent in Spanish Linguistics or related area with  a specialization in phonetics and phonology is preferred. 

This is a teaching position with a load of seven courses per year over Fall  and Winter terms, with a possibility of one of the seven courses being  scheduled for the Spring term (May-June), subject to preferences of the  successful candidate and the needs of the School. The successful candidate  will be expected to teach undergraduate courses to a culturally diverse  student body. Potential courses are, for the Linguistics program (taught in  English): Phonetics, Phonology I, Phonology II, and Structure of Spanish; and  for the Spanish program (taught in Spanish): Spanish language at one of four  levels, Introduction to Spanish Linguistics, and topic(s) in Spanish  Linguistics. 

The School’s programs in Linguistics and Spanish are housed in a unit  representing a rich diversity of perspectives on language, with courses in 

these areas as well as Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, Arabic,  Chinese (Mandarin), German, Italian, Japanese, and Russian, as well as 

Communication Courses for Disciplines and Professions and courses in  English as a Second Language for international students, immigrants and 

refugees. Detailed information on the School can be found at  http://www.carleton.ca/slals/. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, but in accordance with  Canadian immigration requirements, applications from Canadians and  permanent residents will be given priority. Carleton University is an excellent employer, and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its 

community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment and social  strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further 

diversification of our faculty and its scholarship, including but not limited to  women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and 

persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Carleton University is located on a beautiful campus in the central portion of  Ottawa, bounded by the Rideau River on one side, and the Rideau Canal on 

the other. Its prime location -- minutes from downtown, an international  airport, and the Gatineau Hills -- enhances quality of life, and allows for 

recreational opportunities for individuals and families. With a population of  almost one million, the city of Ottawa is Canada's capital and reflects the 

country's bilingual and multicultural character. 

Applications should be submitted via post or email to the application address or email address below. Letters of application should be accompanied by a 

curriculum vitae as well as a concise dossier that includes written evidence of teaching effectiveness. Three letters of reference should be sent directly to 

the Director. The closing date for receipt of applications, including the letters 

of reference, is November 18, 2011. 

This position is subject to final budgetary approval.  

Application Deadline:  18-Nov-2011  

Application Address:  Professor Randall Gess,  Director 

School of Linguistics and Language Studies 

215 Paterson Hall, Carleton University 

1125 Colonel By Drive 

Ottawa   Ontario K1S 5B6 



Brown University 

Rhode Island, USA  

The Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences invites  applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Phonology 

beginning July 1, 2012. Research focus is open, but we especially value  phonetically informed programs of research that cross traditional 

boundaries of topics and methodology and include cross-linguistic  components. Applicants in all areas of phonology will be considered, but 

candidates whose research includes computational, developmental, and/or  experimental approaches are particularly encouraged to apply. The 

individual filling this position must be able to teach introductory and  advanced phonology courses. Successful candidates are expected to have (1)  a track record of excellence in research, (2) a well-specified research  plan, and (3) a readiness to contribute to undergraduate and graduate  teaching and mentoring. This is one of a series of language-related  positions that we are seeking to fill; we anticipate conducting two  additional searches in 2012-2013. Brown has a highly interdisciplinary  research environment in the study of the mind, brain, behavior, and language; the Department will be moving into a newly renovated  state-of-the-art building in the heart of campus in Fall, 2011. Curriculum  vitae, reprints and preprints of publications, statement of research 

interests (one page each), and three letters of reference should be  submitted on-line as PDFs to PhonologySearch at brown.edu, or else mailed to 

the application address below. Applications received by December 1, 2011  are assured of full review. All Ph.D requirements must be completed before 

July 1, 2012. 

Brown is an EEO/AA Employer. Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply.  

Application Deadline:  01-Dec-2011  

Application Address:  Phonology Search  Committee 

Department of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences 

Box 1821 

Brown University 

Providence   RI  02912, USA    


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


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