Abstraction, Diversity, and Speech Dynamics

IPS Workshop
Herrsching am Ammersee, 03rd–05th May 2017



  • Jonathan Harrington
  • Marianne Pouplier
  • Eva Reinisch

Producing and perceiving speech involves the parallel transmission of numerous types of signs or categories, both linguistic (e.g. words and their constituent consonants and vowels) and indexical (social class, regional affiliation, gender etc.). The production of speech also involves a coordinated activity of some hundred muscles per second that is adapted to speaking and situational contexts. While it has long become clear that the linguistic and social as well as the cognitive and physical aspects of speaking are tightly intertwined, quite how these multiple layers of semiotic and signal aspects of speech are connected and how those connections may be manifested differently in the world's languages and cultures remains poorly understood. The aim of the conference is to advance the discussion on these issues by bringing together scientists from various disciplines engaged in research on areas such as memory and its relationship to abstraction, feedback and feedforward control systems, and modelling the association between discrete categories and continuous speech dynamics. It is only with a deeper understanding of the semiotic-signal association that breakthroughs can be achieved in understanding how the sounds of language are acquired, in how normal and disordered mechanisms of speech are related, and in the way that social and linguistic information interact and are transmitted in speech communication.

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The conference is part of the LMU CAS Research Focus “How Words Emerge and Dissolve”.

The conference is hosted by:

Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany
Address: Schellingstr. 3, 80799 München, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 2758