[Elsnet-list] CfP: Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and other Non-Verbal Vocalisations in Speech

Khiet Truong k.p.truong at utwente.nl
Thu Jul 12 20:00:34 CEST 2012

Apologies for cross-postings

Call for Papers for the Interdisciplinary Workshop on Laughter and other
Non-Verbal Vocalisations in Speech
26-27 October 2012, Dublin, Ireland

Following the previous workshops on laughter held in Saarbruecken (2007) and
Berlin (2009), we have the pleasure to announce a forthcoming workshop in Dublin
in October 2012.

The studies of non-verbal vocal interaction is proving to be important in many
research areas such as phonetics and discourse analysis, and also in more
technology-oriented fields such as social signal processing and human behaviour
understanding. Previous research has shown that laughter and other nonverbal
vocalisations (e.g., breath sounds, yawning, sighing) have important functions
in social interaction, for example, giving feedback, signaling engagement, and
regulating turn-taking. However, much of the phonetic characteristics of
non-verbal vocalisations, and the relationship between social functions and
non-verbal vocalisations is still unknown. 

The goal of this workshop is to bring together scientists from diverse research
areas and to provide an exchange forum for interdisciplinary discussions in
order to gain a better understanding of laughter and other non-verbal
vocalisations. The workshop will consist of invited talks, oral presentations of
ongoing research and discussion papers.

The keynote speakers are Marc Mehu (Swiss Center for Affective Sciences) and
Jens Edlund (KTH Stockholm).

We invite research contributions concerning laughter and other non-verbal
vocalisations from the fields of phonetics, linguistics, psychology,
conversation analysis, and human-machine interaction. In particular, topics
related to the following aspects are very much welcomed:

* Multimodality: visual aspects of non-verbal vocalisations, incl. smiles
* Entrainment and alignment: `timing together' of non-verbal vocalisations 
* Emotion/affect and social behaviour: decoding and encoding of
emotion/socio-related states in non-verbal vocalisations  
* Interjections and grammaticalization: relation between non-verbal
vocalisations and grammaticalization
* Computational models: automatic processing of non-verbal vocalisations

The workshop is supported by SSPnet (http://sspnet.eu/).

Submission procedure
Researchers are invited to submit an abstract of their work, including work in
progress. Please send your abstract of max. 2 pages (plain text) in PDF format
to trouvain (at) coli.uni-saarland.de specifying `Dublin workshop' in the
subject line and providing
1. For each author: name, title, affiliation in the body of the mail
2. Title of abstract

Attendees are asked to register by email trouvain (at) coli.uni-saarland.de
before 1 October 2012. A registration fee of 30 Euros has to be paid on site (in

Important dates
* Abstract submission deadline: 31 August 2012
* Notification of acceptance/rejection: 7 September 2012
* Registration deadline by email: 1 October 2012
* Workshop date: 26-27 October 2012

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland


Nick Campbell, Trinity College Dublin
Juergen Trouvain, Saarland University
Khiet Truong, University of Twente

Contact information
Juergen Trouvain
Saarland University
FR 4.7 Computational Linguistics and Phonetics
Campus C7.2
D-66041 Saarbruecken
E-mail: trouvain (at) coli.uni-saarland.de

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