Guest editors: Barbara Gili Fivela, Cinzia Avesani, Michelina Savino
Call for papers
In speech communication, the crucial role of phonological cues is widely recognized, both at the segmental and at the suprasegmental level, in the coding/decoding of meaning. Nevertheless, the complex relation between acoustic and kinetic/visual information is far from understood, even though it is skillfully used by speakers to convey the intended linguistic message, and by listeners to understand it. In particular, it is quite an open issue how speech variation is categorized (e.g., in relation to specific segmental or prosodic units), and how it is identified as related to other linguistic (e.g., geolinguistic background, educational level, etc.) and non-linguistic (e.g., speech pathology, etc.) factors. In this respect, investigating these aspects cross-linguistically would also shed light on these different phenomena, and therefore contribute to clarifying the issue.
According to this view, this special collection aims to collect papers that can deepen our understanding of how phonological categories are identified, represented, implemented, and perceived out of the continuous speech signal. The goal is to offer a manifold view of the issue as discussed across different languages and along different perspectives, such as multimodal versus unimodal analysis, acoustic and articulatory investigations, and behavioral and neurophysiological data.
This special collection is inspired by fruitful discussions at the third Phonetics and Phonology in Europe Conference (PaPE 2019), held in Lecce, Italy, in June 2019. Conference participants, as well as others carrying out research on topics related to phonological category identification, representation, and implementation, both at the segmental and at the suprasegmental level, are warmly invited to submit a contribution to this Special Collection.
Example of research topics suitable for this special issue include, but are not limited to:
Contributors are asked to submit a one-page abstract (plus one page for figures and references) to the guest editors at email@example.com. Abstracts will be evaluated on topic relevance for the special issue, and on overall quality. Contributors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper that will undergo the standard peer review process.
Contributions that do not fulfill the topic relevance criterium for this special issue can, of course, still be submitted to Laboratory Phonology as regular submissions.
- abstract due by the 14th of February 2020
- notification to authors by mid/end March 2020
- full paper due by September 2020
Posted on 13 Jan 2020
Laboratory Phonology has received an Impact Factor of 1.065 (1.000 without self-cites) for the 2018 release, up from 1.000 last year.
The journal is ranked 76/184 in the category of Linguistics.
Data from Journal Citation Reports.
Posted on 06 Sep 2019
We are calling for high-quality contributions on the topic of “Prosody and Speech Processing across Languages and Varieties” for a Special Collection in Laboratory Phonology.
Guest editors: Sasha Calhoun, Paul Warren, and Janet Fletcher, with Olcay Turk and Mengzhu Yan.
the role of prosody in signalling information structure, particularly in the activation and resolution of contrast and contrastive alternatives
the integration of prosody and morphosyntactic cues in speech comprehension, e.g., as cues to information structure
the role of prosody in the management and interpretation of discourse
prosodic structure as an organizational frame in speech production or perception
links between prosodic structure and multimodal speech cues such as gesture
Posted on 15 Mar 2019
We are soliciting high-quality contributions on the topic of “Techniques and Methods for Investigating Speech Articulation” for a Special Issue of Laboratory Phonology.
Guest editors: Lorenzo Spreafico, Alessandro Vietti
Call for papers
Articulatory data are critical to our understanding of speech production, and investigating the vocal tract is a challenging task because the articulators differ widely in their anatomy (soft vs. hard articulators), physiology (fixed vs. mobile articulators), and accessibility (visible vs. non-visible articulators). Indeed, only a few methods are available for the simultaneous imaging of articulators and/or the tracking of their movements.
Recently, applied physics and biomedical engineering have revolutionized the way we record, visualize, and measure the function of some organs of the human body. However, most medical imaging technologies are not designed with the investigation of the speech organs in mind, and their significant potential to address fundamental questions about the nature of human speech sounds and sound systems remains underdeveloped.
Thus, this special issue of Laboratory Phonology aims to facilitate contact between researchers active in laboratory phonology and specialists in engineering, industrial, and clinical development in the area of speech imaging. The special issue will offer participants a platform to present new knowledge and findings regarding the acquisition, imaging, analysis, and modelling of visible and non-visible articulators in order to examine the organization and structure of speech from the perspective of laboratory phonology.
We invite contributions ranging from established and advanced practices to future technologies and methods, but, ideally, the focus should be on the real-time and deferred visualization of speech processes with minimal invasiveness.
All interested parties are encouraged to submit proposals, including researchers outside of the laboratory phonology community of scholars. Potential contributions include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
As a first step, contributors are asked to submit a 1-page abstract to the editors at email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions will be evaluated based on relevance for the topic of the special issue and overall quality and contribution to the field. Contributors are invited to mention in their abstracts and articles how their proposal is relevant to the themes of laboratory phonology. Contributors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper, which will undergo the standard peer review process. Contributions that do not fulfil the criteria for this special issue can, of course, still be submitted to Laboratory Phonology for review for a future issue of the journal.
Deadline for submission of 1-page abstract: 01 January 2019
Invitation for full paper submission: 01 March 2019
Deadline of submission of full papers: 01 July 2019
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Posted on 16 Jun 2017
Guest Editors Jonathan Harrington, Marianne Pouplier and Eva Reinisch are soliciting high-quality contributions on the topic of Abstraction, Diversity and Speech Dynamics for a Special Issue of Laboratory Phonology.
Producing and perceiving speech involves the parallel transmission of numerous types of signs or categories, both linguistic (e.g. words and their constituent consonants and vowels) and indexical (social class, regional affiliation, gender etc.). The production of speech also involves a coordinated activity of some hundred muscles per second that is adapted to speaking and situational contexts. While it has long become clear that the linguistic and social as well as the cognitive and physical aspects of speaking are tightly intertwined, quite how these multiple layers of semiotic and signal aspects of speech are connected and how those connections may be manifested differently in the world's languages and cultures remains poorly understood.
The aim of the special issue is to advance the discussion on these issues by bringing together scientists from various disciplines engaged in research on areas such as memory and its relationship to abstraction, feedback and feedforward control systems, and modelling the association between discrete categories and continuous speech dynamics. It is only with a deeper understanding of the semiotic-signal association that breakthroughs can be achieved in understanding how the sounds of language are acquired, in how normal and disordered mechanisms of speech are related, and in the way that social and linguistic information interact and are transmitted in speech communication.
We will particularly welcome proposals on, though not limited to, one or more of the following topics:
As a first step, contributors are asked to submit a 1-page abstract to the editors via the e-mail address email@example.com.
Contributions will be evaluated based on relevance for the topic of the special issue and overall quality and contribution to the field. Contributors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit the full paper, which will undergo a regular peer review. Contributions that do not fulfill the criteria for this special issue can of course still be submitted for review to Laboratory Phonology in the usual way.
Deadline for submission of 1-page abstract: 15 July 2017
Invitation for full paper submission: 01 August, 2017
Deadline of submission of full papers: 01 December, 2017
Posted on 01 Jun 2017
LabPhon has been indexed by Journal Citation Reports (JCR) for the first time with a 2015 Impact Factor of 0.667
Posted on 22 Jul 2016