CfP: Signed Language Phonology Workshop (Vannes, France, July 6-8, 2011)

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The VALORIA Lab at l’Université de Bretagne-Sud, Vannes, France is proud to host the

Signed Language Phonology Workshop, Vannes, France, July 6-8, 2011

We invite researchers interested in the phonetics and phonology of signed languages to come discuss current trends in the areas of notation and analysis.

http://www-valoria.univ-ubs.fr/signcom/SLPW/

Workshop Schedule:
Wednesday, July 6, 9:00 – 18:00
– Robert E. Johnson, building on previous presentations at phonetics workshops held in Orsay, France, June 2008, November 2008, and May 2009, will offer a short review and detailed update of the notation system he and Scott Liddell have been developing.

Thursday, July 7, 9:00 – 17:00
– Mini-workshop on phonetic annotation and technology: challenges encountered and novel solutions. Participants interested in giving short presentations of how they have used software for annotation or analysis are invited to submit an abstract (see below).
– Mini-workshop on sign analysis: participants’ data. All participants are asked to bring interesting phonetic or phonological examples from their data (difficult-to-annotate hand configurations; phonological processes, for example from surrounding signs; complex sign asynchronicity or asymmetry; etc.).

Friday, July 8, 9:00 – 12:30
– Mini-workshop/challenge in groups: 20-second video annotation. Participants will be provided with a 20-second video clip and will be asked to annotate their data according to the Liddell and Johnson phonetic notation system. Results will be compared and discussed.

Location:
VALORIA Lab
Université de Bretagne-Sud
Tohannic Campus
Vannes, France

Dates: July 6-8, 2011

Call for participation:
One half day will be devoted to the Mini-workshop on phonetic annotation templates for technology: challenges encountered and novel solutions.

We are looking for 3-4 presentations of 20-30 minutes that discuss the use of technology for the phonologist/phoneticist. They will serve as discussion topics for the group, and should respond to these and similar questions:

– How have you designed your annotation template for ELAN, Anvil, or similar software to fit best with your needs for phonological annotation and analysis?
– How do software functions/features facilitate your phonetic annotation or analysis?
– And to a lesser extent, what additions or modifications would you like to see to technology to aid your annotation or analysis?

Submissions can be made at the workshop website, http://www-valoria.univ-ubs.fr/signcom/SLPW/ by June 3, 2011.

Workshop languages:
The official languages of the workshop are English and American Sign Language (ASL).

Important dates:
June 3, 2011 – Deadline to submit an abstract to the Mini-workshop on phonetic annotation templates for technology: challenges encountered and novel solutions
June 17, 2011 – Deadline to register for the workshop

Registration free!

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop, July 6-8!

Organizing Committee:
Kyle Duarte
Sylvie Gibet

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