December 2-4 2021

University of Southern Denmark - Campus Sønderborg - Alsion

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

"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!

Questions or comments to the organizers? Send your email to

Prof. Dr. Cécile Fourgeron
Directrice de Recherche
Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie
CNRS-Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris, France

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Birkholz
Chair of Speech Technology and Cognitive Systems
Institute of Acoustics and Speech Communication
Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany


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Research topic:                                                                                                                     Submission Deadlines:
Effective and Attractive Communication Signals                                                         Abstract:      01 October 2021    
in Social, Cultural, and Business Contexts                                                                        Manuscript:  01 March 2022


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