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Nordic Prosody Conference 2020 in Sønderborg / DK

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Nordic Prosody Conference 2020


August 13-15 2020

University of Southern Denmark - Campus Sønderborg

Alsion 2


Nordic Prosody conferences take place every 4 years. The previous one was in Trondheim, Norway, www.ntnu.edu/nordic-prosody2016. The conference series focusses on the forms and functions of prosodic pattern in Nordic languages and in languages spoken around the Baltic Sea.

This conference is a satellite event to the 1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TONE AND INTONATION (TAI).
Please note thatthere will be a discount for participants who sign up for both events!

Contributions on all the various aspects of phonetics, phonology, and speech typology are welcome.
Papers presenting new corpora, methods, or devices can be submitted as well.

We also encourage researchers from neighboring disciplines like (second-language) pedagogy, acoustics, human-machine interaction, and voice pathology to submit contributions to the conference.

Conference proceedings will be published in a peer-reviewed Peter Lang book series. Please note that the proceedings volume will be submitted by the publisher for indexing in the Scopus and Web-of-Science databases.

Call for Papers (Deadline = 31 May 2020                                                      Contact: np2020@sdu.dk


Dear colleagues!

Unfortunately, the global health situation is currently such that the corona virus continues to spread on all continents,
albeit with reduced dynamics in many places. We continue to monitor very closely what Danish and other institutions recommend, and we also discussed the corona topic with our local experts here.
Denmark has not been badly affected by Corona so far, and the sparsely populated areas in Southern Denmark
are preventing the spread. So, there is currently no urgent need to take action and postpone or cancel
the Nordic Prosody (NP) onference! But, to make it easier for you to make your NP-related submission and travel plans ,
we decided to add a refund option to the registration fees. That is, if the University of Southern Denmark campus
will be closed because of Corona, or if there are entry or exit stops for relevant countries,
or if you are affected by quarantine measures at home, we can refund 80% of the registration fee.

This is still possible up to a a few days before the start of the conference (if the fee has been paid by credit card).

The remaining 20% would then be a kind of paper-only fee.  We unfortunately need this 20% to work on
abstract / proceedings and to pay our own cancellation fees at transport companies etc. here on site. 

We ask for your understanding and hope that the prospect of a substantial registration-fee refund
will take away any doubts as to whether you should submit anything to the Nordic Prosody Conference.


Keynote Speakers
- David House (KTH Stockholm, Sweden) & Gilbert Ambrazaitis (Linnaeus University, Sweden): The multimodal nature of prominence
- Wim van Dommelen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway): Interactions of segmental and prosodic parameters
- Nicolai Pharao (Copenhagen University, Denmark): Processing prosody – recognizing speakers and recognizing words

Centre of Industrial Electronics (CIE) at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) on science campus Alsion, Sonderborg, Denmark. The SDU is both the third-largest and the third-oldest Danish university. Since the introduction of the ranking systems in 2012, the University of Southern Denmark has consistently been ranked as one of the top 50 young universities in the world by both the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings. The SDU is also among the top 20 universities in Scandinavia.



09:00 - 10:00
KEYNOTE: Nicolai Pharao - Processing prosody – using Danish to study the relationship between indexicality, prosody and the lexicon
Processing prosody – using Danish to study the relationship between indexicality, prosody and the lexicon

The perception and mental representation of non-standard pronunciations of words has received increased attention in recent years as part of the debate about levels of abstraction in the mental lexicon. The majority of this work focuses on the processing of variable word forms where the variation is segmental.
This talk reports the results of studies on the role of prosody in lexical access, specifically the shape of the tonal contour associated with stress in Danish. This contour is known to vary across accents, with Copenhagen-based Danish having a low-high tonal pattern and Aarhus-based Danish having a high-low tonal pattern associated with stress. In a recent experiment, we had listeners from Copenhagen and listeners from Aarhus perform a lexical decision task with words realized with the high-low pattern typical of Aarhus-based Danish. We found that listeners from Copenhagen were slower to respond than listeners from Aarhus. In a subsequent lexical decision task, the same participants heard some of the same words produced by a different speaker, but again with the high-low tonal pattern. This task was conducted to explore effects of long-term priming, which has previously been shown to be affected by segmental variation. We only found a priming effect for the listeners from Aarhus, never for the Copenhagen listeners. Taken together, the results indicate that an unfamiliar tonal contour slows down lexical access regardless of the segmental make-up of the words, and that it effectively blocks long-term priming of words with the same tonal contour for listeners who themselves speak a different accent.
I will discuss the implications for the role of prosody in models of lexical access, specifically the role of abstraction in different components of the signal that is used to recognize spoken words.


Alsion, Sønderborg