Speech Prosody is the study of intonation and related phenomena, including pitch, loudness, timing, speech rate, and voicing properties. Central topics include the melody and rhythm of speech and how these contribute to meaning at the word, utterance and discourse levels. These issues are of central importance in phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and speech signal processing. Models of prosody are being applied to problems in speech synthesis, speech recognition, speech therapy, language teaching, dialog systems and many other fields.
The Speech Prosody Special Interest Group is dedicated to advancing the scientific study of speech prosody and its applications. As of 2018, the SIG has 1095 members from over 27 countries. To join the SIG, simply send mail to list at-sign sprosig.org to be added to our roster and our low-traffic mailing list.
- Speech Prosody 2020 will be held at the University of Tokyo, in late May or early June, 2020.
- Prominence between Cognitive Functions and Linguistic Structures, April 20, 2019, Bari, Italy
- Prosody and Speech Processing across Languages and Varieties, Special Issue of Laboratory Phonology, deadline 15 May.
- Sociolinguistic Variation in Prosody, a special issue of Language and Speech, proposals due 15 May.
- Introduction to Prosody short course at the 2019 Linguistics Institute, June 24 - July 19, taught by Nigel Ward and Francisco Torreira
- Modeling Meaning-Bearing Configurations of Prosodic Features, special session at ICPhS 2019, organized by Oliver Niebuhr and Nigel Ward
- Intonational Phonology of Typologically Rare or Understudied Languages satellite meeting at ICPhS 2019, organized by Sun-Ah Jun and Sammer ud Dowla Khan