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PAC 2013

The Phonology of Contemporary English. 

Spoken English Corpora: from annotation to interphonologies

Aix-Marseille University - Aix-en-Provence, France

30-31 May 2013

PROGRAM: download the PAC 2013 program here

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We are pleased to announce that the PAC annual conference ‘Spoken English corpora: from annotation to interphonologies’ is due to take place from Thursday May 30 to Friday May 31, 2013 and will be hosted by the Laboratoire Parole et Langage and the Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence.
For the 2013 conference, we particularly welcome proposals on the use of automatic tools for the study of very large data sets. One afternoon will be dedicated to a session on tools and annotation: Brigitte Bigi will present SPPAS, a tool to produce automatically phonetic annotations from a recorded speech sound and its orthographic transcription, and Sophie Herment will do a demo on Momel and Intsint for prosodic annotation. The session will also address more theoretical issues.
We would also like to open perspectives on L2 research, with papers dealing with interphonologies and will organize a special session on this issue:

Special session on interphonology
(organisers: V. Lacoste, N. Herry-Bénit & T. Kamiyama)

This special session offers to investigate the phonetic and phonological systems developed by non-native speakers/learners of English who have command of English either as a foreign language (EFL) or a second language (ESL) in various parts of the world and in different contexts of communication. Interphonology will be discussed both as a theoretical, linguistic construct and empirically by looking into aspects of the learners’ new phonological system, while in the process of establishing itself or when it has already been stabilised and/or regularised. Inter-speaker and intra-speaker variation will also be central to our study of interphonology to understand, for instance, how segmental variability is integrated in the newly developed phonological system and how the phonologies of two (or more) languages at work mutually influence each other. Finally, this panel hopes to bring together scholars from the field of variationist sociolinguistics and scholars from a more formal linguistic tradition to deepen our appreciation of interphonology as a phenomenon specifically from a learner’s perspective.


Sophie Herment, Valérie Kerfelec, Gabor Turcsan



Carine André, Sébastien Bermond, Laurence Colombo, Cyril Deniaud, Stéphanie Desous, Joëlle Lavaud, Claudia Pichon-Starke


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