1st International Conference on Tone and Intonation (TAI)
"Tone and Intonation in a globalized, digital world"

Sonderborg, Denmark, 16-20 August 2020

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The 1st edition of the Tone-and-Intonation (TAI) conference series is proudly hosted by the Centre of Industrial Electronics (CIE) at the University of Southern Denmark. Being a merger of the two former conference series TAL (Tonal Aspects of Languages) and TIE (Tone and Intonation in Europe), TAI 2020 welcomes contributions on phonetic and phonological analyses of prosody including (but not limited to) topics related to the production and perception of prosody and rhythm, the semantics and pragmatics of prosody, the acquisition and teaching of prosody in L1 and L2, and cross-linguistic comparisons of prosody. 
In addition, in TAI 2020 two separate special sessions will be dedicated to the challenges and opportunities that globalization and digitization hold for the speech sciences. In this context, we also encourage researchers of neighboring disciplines to submit papers related to tone and intonation to the conference. Globalization poses increasing challenges to both societies and individuals in terms of language contact and language acquisition. Digitization opens up new ways of human-human and human-machine interaction. In both contexts, tone and intonation are special linguistic, technical and didactic hurdles. Their better understanding not only has the potential for deeper insights into the nature of speech communication but can also decisively shape the communication of tomorrow.

TAI 2020 is co-sponsored by 

                          ISCA                                                                             IPA 

           International Speech Communication                                   International Phonetic Association



We are pleased to offer 5 IPA Student Awards that will cover the early bird student registration fee. 

Please check the website for further information on how to apply.

Abstracts and paper formats
- Submissions to the TAI conference are made in the form of 2-page abstracts, 1 page of text plus 1 page for references, tables and/or figures. Please download the abstract template here: pdf --- doc

- The submission of full papers is not mandatory, but encouraged after the conference (4 pages of text plus 1 page of references only, following the current ISCA paper template:  pdf --- doc.

- We will publish corrected abstracts and optional 5-page papers in the ISCA online archive of the TAI conference series.

Keynote Speakers

- Mariapaola D'Imperio, Rutgers Universuty, USA
Perceiving intonation in a multifaceted society: the role of cognitive and indexical factors

- Peggy Mok, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
The Acquisition of lexical tone in various contexts

- Stefan Baumann, University of Cologne, Germany
Prosodic prominence and linguistic functions

- Hans Basböll, SDU, Denmark
Danish stød in its phonetic. phonological, morphological and lexical aspects, and its relation
   to Scandinavian tonal word accents 

Special Sessions on the challenges and opportunities of globalization/digitization

- Marta Ortega-Llebaria, University of Pittsburgh, USA & Jan Volín, Charles University, Czech Republik
Perceptual impact of forreign accents and non-standard varieties

  - Barbara Schuppler, TU Graz, Austria & Wentao Gu, Nanjing Normal University, China
   Prosody-oriented studies of social communicative speech in a digitalized world

After the opening overview of the field, the special sessions are planned to host several oral presentations of 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion / on-spot clarifications and a number of oral or poster presentations. Submissions to this special session of TAI use the same abstract and paper templates as regular contributions to TAI, and submissions are made through the same Easychair link as for regular contributions to TAI (see above).


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.


Important dates in 2020

01 Mar       Online abstract submission opens

19 Apr        Abstract submission deadline
31 May       Notification of abstract acceptance
21 Jun        Early bird registration deadline

16-20 Aug   1st Tone-and-Intonation Conference, Sonderborg, Denmark
01 Nov       Deadline for the submission of a corrected abstract and an optional 5-page full paper
                    (4 pages of text plus 1 page for references only)

Registrations are made through the conference website. Please click here

Papers submission is handled via the EasyChair platform. Please click here to get to the Paper submission website of TAI 2020 at EasyChair.