3 workshops:

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Usages and Advantages of Categorical Phonetic Transcription of Prosody: Toward the development of an IPrA (International Prosodic Alphabet)

Sun‐Ah Jun, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pilar Prieto, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sun‐Ah Jun
Affiliation: Department of Linguistics, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA‐ah.htm
Brief bio: Sun‐Ah Jun is Professor of Phonetics at UCLA. Her research interests include intonational phonology, prosodic typology, and interface between prosody and subareas of linguistics. She is the author of Korean ToBI and organized the first international workshop on “Intonation models and ToBI labeling” in 1999 to study prosodic typology. She has edited two volumes of Prosodic Typology (2005, 2014, Oxford Univ. Press), which include ToBI systems from 27 languages. Together with Pilar Prieto and José Hualde, she organized the workshop on “Developing an International Prosodic Alphabet (IPrA)” as a satellite meeting of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences in 2015.
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Pilar Prieto
Affiliation: ICREA‐Dept. of Translation & Lang. Sciences, Univ. of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Brief bio: Pilar Prieto is an ICREA Research Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Catalunya. Her main research interests are intonation, the role of prosody and facial gestures in linguistic meaning in interactive and emotional speech, and language acquisition. She has published numerous journal articles and edited two books including multiple ToBI systems (Intonation in Romance, with S. Frota, Oxford Univ. Press, and Transcription of Intonation of the Spanish Language, with P. Roseano, Lincom Europa). With José Hualde, she published the article, “Towards an IPrA” in Laboratory Phonology in 2016, providing the foundation of the movement for the development of an International Prosodic Alphabet.
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Opus Politicus: The Prosodic Features of Political Speeches and How They Move the Audience to Tears or to Standing Ovations

Branka Zei Pollermann, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Previous conferences concentrated on the relations between prosody and a vast variety of topics including speech production, speech perception as well as the prosodic patterns of emotions, charisma, and many others. My own studies of the prosody of political speeches and the perception of the «Speaker’s Image » (pleasantness, credibility, clarity, dynamism) will be presented. In a recent study of the ways in which political leaders stir the audience’s emotions (e.g. from Hitler to M.L King, Obama and Th. May), I found clear parallels between the prosody of their speeches and the induction of emotions by music. With the help of Prof. Daniel Hirst, I have created Praat scripts that measure the relevant prosodic features such as: musical crescendos in pitch and volume, the proportion of falling, rising or flat intonations and perceived aggressivity. Acoustic correlates of vocal pleasantness, dynamism, credibility and clarity in French and in English will be presented. The latter findings are based on the assessments of manipulated speech patterns (in English and French). The ratings were performed by over 500 listeners varying in age (32-65), gender, native language and culture (European, African, Indian, Australian, American).
The session
Opus Politicus would thus bring together speech prosody, emotions, music and political impact.
Demonstrations of practically instant measurements of the main prosodic features would be made.


Branka Zei Pollermann
Contact information:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (+41) 22 328 76 74
Current affilition: Vox Institute, Geneva, Switzerland
Previous: University of Geneva – Faculty of Psychology; Geneva University hospitals ; CERN, University of Zagreb.

Education and Training

  • PhD in cognitive psychology (Geneva University)
  • MA in psychology (Geneva University)
  • MA in linguistics (Geneva University)
  • MA in English and Italian language and literature (Zagreb University)
  • Postgraduate studies in phonetics, speech pathology, philosophy and sociology


Professional Experience

Previous Academic Positions

  • Geneva University (research and teaching Faculty of Psychology 9 yrs.)
  • Geneva University Hospitals (research in psychosomatic medicine 17 yrs.)
  • Zagreb University (Phonetics Institute 7 yrs.)

Present Positions:

  • Since 1988 director of Vox Institute a training and research institute specialized in the measurement and training in speech communication
  • IMD - International Institute for Management Development
  • High School of Management Fribourg, Switzerland
  • High School of management of the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland
  • Centre for Permanent Education, Lausanne, associated with The Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration – IDHEAP integrated into the University of Lausanne. 




Processing Intonation Data in Tonal Languages

Cong Zhang, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Technical requirements: The participants are advised to bring along their laptops for the hands-on session.

For prosody researchers, the intricate relationship between lexical tones and intonational tunes in tonal languages is appealing yet intimidating. How to tease apart intonation from lexical tones is the first lesson to learn for every researcher who is new to intonation research in tonal languages. Intonation contours can be easily detected in acoustic analysis software for non-tonal languages; however, for tonal languages, since pitch is a joint manifestation of intonation and tone, sometimes intonation can be subtle and opaque. How to process raw production data for intonation studies in tonal languages? Which part of the intonation contour is the most important? What values should be extracted? How to analyse the data?

Aimed at researchers who are new to intonation research in tonal languages, this workshop focuses on the methods of processing production data for prosody research in tonal languages. We invite presentations from a variety of tonal languages – Scandinavian, African, Asian – to cross examine the methods of dealing with production data in tonal languages. The speakers will demonstrate the details of various aspects of data processing such as:

  • how to label raw production data
  • how to interpret the labelled data
  • how to extract useful values from the production data
  • how to analyse the extracted values.

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