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Interdisciplinary Workshop ‘The Phonetics of Laughter’

Date: 05-Aug-2007 – 05-Aug-2007

Location: Saarbruecken, Germany

Contact Person: Juergen Trouvain

Meeting Email: trouvaincoli.uni-sb.de

Web Site: http://www.coli.uni-saarland.de/conf/laughter-07/

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Phonetics

Call Deadline: 16-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

Research investigating the production, acoustics and perception of laughter is
very rare. This is striking because laughter occurs as an everyday and highly
communicative phonetic activity in spontaneous discourse. This workshop aims to
bring researchers together from various disciplines to present their data,
methods, findings, research questions, and ideas on the phonetics of laughter
(and smiling).

The workshop will be held as a satellite event of the 16th International
Congress of Phonetic Sciences in Saarbrücken, Germany.


We invite submission of short papers of approximately 1500 words length. Oral
presentations will be 15 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion time. Additionally,
there will be a poster session.

All accepted papers will be available as on-line proceedings on the web, there
will be no printed proceedings. We plan to publish selected contributions for a
special issue in an international scientific journal.


All submissions will be reviewed anonymously by two reviewers.

Please send submissions by e-mail to laughtercoli.uni-sb.de specifying ”short
paper” in the subject line and providing

1. for each author: name, title, affiliation in the body of the mail;

2. Title of paper;

3. Preference of presentation mode (oral or poster);

4. Short paper as plain text.

In addition you can submit audio files (as wav), graphical files (as jpg) and
video clips (as mpg). All files together should not exceed 1 Mb.

Important dates:

Submission deadline for short papers: March 16, 2007

Notification of acceptance: May 16, 2007

Early registration deadline: June 16, 2007

Workshop dates: August 5, 2007

Plenary lecture:

Wallace Chafe (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Organisation Committee:

Nick Campbell (ATR, Kyoto)

Wallace Chafe (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Jürgen Trouvain (Saarland University & Phonetik-Büro Trouvain, Saarbrücken)

Programme Committee:

Kai Alter (Newcastle University Medical School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)

Véronique Aubergé (Institut de la Communication Parlée, Grenoble)

Jo-Anne Bachorowski (Vanderbilt University, Nashville)

Hui-Chin Hsu (University of Georgia, Athens)

Daniel O’Connell (Georgetown University, Washington, DC)

Silke Kipper (Duke University, Durham, NC)

Sabine Kowal (Technical University Berlin)

Rod Martin (University of Western Ontario)

Lucie Ménard (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Shrikanth S. Narayanan (University of Southern California, Los Angeles)

Neal Norrick (Saarland University, Saarbrücken)

Eva Nwokah (Communic. Sciences and Disorders, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro)

Willibald Ruch (University of Zürich)

Bernd Pompino-Marschall (Humboldt University Berlin)

Béatrice Priego-Valverde (University Aix-en-Provence)

Marc Schröder (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, DFKI,

Diana Szameitat (Newcastle University Medical School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)

Dietmar Todt (Free University Berlin)


The laughter workshop will take place in the Centre for Language Research and
Language Technology on the campus of the Saarland University in Saarbrücken,
Germany. The campus is located in the woods and is 5 km from the town centre of


Jürgen Trouvain

Saarland University

FR. 4.7: Computational Linguistics and Phonetics

Building C7.4

Postfach 15 11 50

66041 Saarbrücken


E-mail: laughtercoli.uni-sb.de

For more details see http://www.coli.uni-saarland.de/conf/laughter-07

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