December 2-4 2021

University of Southern Denmark - Campus Sønderborg - Alsion

The Conference will be organized as a hybrid event - more information follows soon

2. International Seminar on the Foundation of Speech

"Articulation and Prosody: Between Interface and Integration"

0, 0, 0, 1, 2, 26, 114, 206, 446, 1008 .... Although these numbers look a bit like the variable number of FFT points in digital speech signal processing, they are actually something completely different: They represent the number of scientific publications per decade over the last 100 years in which articulation and prosody were jointly addressed (Google Scholar, 8th Jan 2021). Of course, the search results depend heavily on the indexing and digitization of publications as well as on the search terms and regular expressions used. Therefore, the above numbers do not claim to be complete; and they don't have to, because even without that they already reflect an obvious fact: The links between articulation and prosody are a subject of growing interest; perhaps even of almost exponentially growing interest, if one takes the above numbers at face value. This interest is driven, among other things, by increasingly powerful measurement, analysis and recording techniques, by the discovery of syntagmatic and paradigmatic structures in prosody and the simultaneous undermining of strictly linear-segmental models in articulation, as well as the by rapid rise of speech technology and the associated increasing relevance of the emotions, speaking styles, attitudes, social hierarchies, social-role marking, etc. 

But, how far have we really come in understanding the links between articulation and prosody? What can we as speech scientists learn from the findings, concepts and experiences of other specialist areas, especially the applied sciences and from real practitioners?
The 2nd International Seminar on the Foundations of Speech (SEFOS II) will be a forum to discuss these questions and to present and publish current research related to these questions. SEFOS II takes place under the motto "Articulation and Prosody: Between Interface and Integration" (note that an interface is in some sense the opposite of an integration as it requires to connect two otherwise incompatible systems or signals). Reflecting the development of the articulation-prosody research and continuing the successful concept of the first SEFOS, SEFOS II shall again be a strongly interdisciplinary event. We therefore cordially invite not only all members of the speech-science community to take part in SEFOS II, but also interested members from related fields such as general linguistics, medicine, audiology, psychology, rhetoric, pedagogy, language/speech technology and engineering sciences.

Sonderborg, Denmark, welcomes you from 2-4 December 2021!

We are happy to welcome our two Keynote Speakers:

 (1)  Prof. Dr. Cécile Fougeron: "Prosodic domain initial effects: what do we know so far?"

Directrice de Recherche
Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie
CNRS-Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle
Paris, France

(2)  Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Birkholz:
"How phonation affects the relation between formant estimates and vocal tract resonances"

Chair of Speech Technology and Cognitive Systems
Institute of Acoustics and Speech Communication
TU Dresden
Dresden, Germany

Before and after SEFOS II

SEFOS II has teamed up with the proceedings branch of deGruyter, "Sciendo", to publish widely visible (open access) article-length proceedings papers
(10-15 pages including figures and references or about 5,000-7,000 words). The paper template will be available for download here soon.
The SEFOS II proceedings will be submitted to major indexing services, such as DOAJ, Publons, Web of Science (CPCI), Semantic Scholar, Google Scholar, etc. 

Important dates:

01 Aug 2021:       Full paper submission deadline (will NOT be extended!) 
05 Sep 2021:       Notification of acceptance (revised papers can be resubmitted until after the conference) 
03 Oct 2021:        Early bird registration deadline 
02-04 Dec 2021: SEFOS II conference 
27 Feb 2022:       Deadline for the resubmission of revised full papers 

SEFOS II will take place from December 2-4 and as a satellite event of the 1st International Conference on Tone and Intonation (TAI), which will also take place at the University of Southern Denmark from December 6-9, i.e. immediately after SEFOS II  -  see


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