ETAP4 deadline May 14th

Submission deadline: May 14, 2018, 11:59 PM AoE (anywhere on earth).

Link to Call for Papers and Submission Website

The 4th Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody (ETAP4)
conference will be held from October 11-13, 2018, at the University of
Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts. This conference
focuses on questions about the production, interpretation, and
characterization of speech prosody, bringing together researchers in
linguistics, psychology, and computer science.

The theme of ETAP4 is “Sociolectal and dialectal variability in
prosody.” As in many language fields, studies of prosody have focused
on majority languages and dialects and on speakers who hold power in
social structures. The goal of ETAP4 is to help diversify prosody
research in terms of the languages and dialects being investigated, as
well as the social structures that influence prosodic variation. The
conference will bring together prosody researchers and researchers
exploring the role of sociological variation in prosody, with a focus
on understudied dialects and endangered languages, and individual
differences based on gender and sexuality. Invited speakers will (i)
raise what questions and areas they think would benefit from prosodic
research, (ii) teach prosody researchers what they need to know to do
research in these areas, and (iii) share insights from their
experience engaging with the public around issues of understudied and
endangered languages, linguistic bias, and intersectionality in

A satellite workshop on African-American English prosody will be held
on October 10, 2018 to bring together participants to contribute
common data sets and discuss the development of shared data resources
and methodological considerations such as challenges in prosodic
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We invite submission of abstracts describing work related to the
conference theme as well as topics in prosody more generally from
diverse approaches, including fieldwork, experiments, computational
modeling, theoretical analyses, etc. These topics include:

– Phonology and phonetics of prosody
– Cognitive processing and modelling of prosody
– Tone and intonation
– Acquisition of prosody
– Interfaces with syntax, semantics, pragmatics
– Prosody in natural language processing

In addition to talks from invited speakers, there will be additional
talks, and two poster sessions.

Abstracts for talks and posters must be submitted in a pdf format.
Your abstract must include the submission’s title at the top, and must
not include authors’ names and affiliations, or any identifying
information (i.e., “In Liberman & Pierrehumbert (1984), we
showed…“). Abstracts should be submitted in letter format (8.5″ x
11″ – not A4), with 1-inch margins on all sides, and in Arial 11 point
font. The abstract itself (text) may be no longer than one page; a
second page containing additional figures, tables, other graphics
and/or references may be included.

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