The Speech Prosody SIG Lecture Series, a new initiative of the Speech Prosody SIG Officers, aims to (1) offer to the Speech Prosody community a well-covered view of themes and methods in speech prosody; (2) introduce new perspectives and foster debate; (3) stimulate collaborations among speech prosody researchers, including by making known to the community the existence of public repositories with data, corpora, joint projects asking for collaboration and other resources that can be freely shared. Lectures will be presented live in YouTube, with Q&A, handled through the YouTube's chat feature.



The lecture series will pause for two months and resume in March.

Archived Lectures

Tackling prosodic phenomena at their roots

Professor Yi Xu, University College London. October 25, 2023.

Abstract: Rather than being a coherent whole, speech prosody consists of highly diverse phenomena that are best understood in terms of their communicative functions, together with specific mechanisms of articulatory encoding and perceptual decoding. The understanding of these root causes is therefore key to further advances in prosody research.

archived talk at YouTube and at bilibili


Segmental Articulations and Prosody

Malin Svensson Lundmark, Lund University, November 23rd, 2023

Abstract: This lecture will be on an aspect of the articulatory-acoustics relationship that is rarely addressed but which is both stable and robust across, e.g., places of articulation, tonal context and prosodic levels. It’s about the acceleration and deceleration of articulatory movements and how they coincide with acoustic segment boundaries.

archived talk at Youtube and at biliblili


December 14, 1 - 2 pm (Brasilia time, UTC -3)

How to handle variability in the study of intonation

Amalia Arvaniti, Radboud University, Netherlands.

Abstract: This talk will give an overview of the issue of variability in intonation and present methodological approaches that render variability easier to handle. These methodologies are presented by means of a case study, the English pitch accents H* and L+H*, which are treated as distinct phonological entities in some accounts but as endpoints of a continuum in others. The research that will be presented sheds light on the reasons for the disagreement between analyses and the discrepancies between analyses and empirical evidence, by examining both production data from British English unscripted speech and perceptual data, which also link the processing of the two accents to the participants’ levels of empathy, musicality, and autistic-like traits.

archived talk at Youtube and at bilibili


Host: Plinio A. Barbosa, University of Campinas, Brazil