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



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.

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.

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, 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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