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 a number of sessions will be dedicated to the conference theme of globalization and digitization. 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                                                    and the                                    IPA
          International Speech
Communication Association                                            International Phonetic Association.     



We are pleased to offer 5 IPA Student Awards that will cover the early bird student registration fee. 
Further ISCA-sponsored grants (max. 3) might be added soon.

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. An abstract template will be available soon.
- 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).
- We will publish corrected abstarcts and optional 5-page papers in the ISCA online archive of the TAI conference series.

Keynote Speakers

- Mariapaola D'Imperio, Rutgers Universuty, USA
Peggy Mok, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

- Stefan Baumann, University of Cologne, Germany
- Hans Basböll, SDU, Denmark



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 paper submission opens

19 Apr        Abstract submission deadline
31 May       Notification of paper 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.

Papers submission is handled via the EasyChair platform. Further information about the log in ans submit will follow shortly. 



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