Eleanor Chodroff
University of Zurich

Christian DiCanio 
University at Buffalo
(United States)
Morgan Sonderegger
McGill University

Márton Sóskuthy 
University of British Columbia

Call for papers

The production of speech can be simultaneously examined in laboratory and non-laboratory settings. While the former context allows researchers to carefully target specific, controlled aspects of production, the latter allows researchers to examine speech in more ecologically-real settings. Alongside advances in computational power and increased access to automated techniques, this perspective has elevated corpus phonetics as a major approach to research in phonetics and phonology. Corpus phonetic methods are now used in a wide range of contexts, from the analysis of fieldwork data from small numbers of speakers to the automated processing of cross-linguistic speech data sets representing hundreds or thousands of speakers. The primary goal of the CorpusPhon workshop is to create an inclusive forum for this diverse set of practitioners, bringing together researchers who use corpus phonetic tools with a view towards building a cohesive community.

The workshop will be held alongside LabPhon 19 in Seoul, South Korea at Hanyang University on June 26, 2024. It will offer a venue for discussing methodological best practices in corpus phonetics, demonstrating a diversity of approaches, examining the relevance of corpus data to laboratory phonology and phonetics, analyzing problems relating to collecting or analyzing corpus data at different scales, presenting results of corpus studies, and showcasing data and tools. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Michael McAuliffe, developer of the Montreal Forced Aligner, as an invited speaker.

Areas of interest

We are soliciting work on original and unpublished research on topics related to corpus phonetics, as well as tutorials on existing data/tools, or strong work in progress. Appropriate sub-topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Corpus phonetic studies, including studies involving smaller speech corpora, endangered/underdocumented language data, prosody, sociophonetics, cross-linguistic/dialectal variation, longitudinal data, historical data, or large-scale corpora.
  • Processing tools, such as forced alignment, grapheme-to-phoneme conversion, automated annotation, and automated phonetic measurement;
  • Quantitative analysis (statistical methods, visualization) for corpus/observational data;
  • Issues in corpus development, such as validation and quality control; issues related to data storage, management, and metadata; and ethical issues;
  • Presentation of new corpora appropriate for research in laboratory phonology.

Submissions should specify whether the presentation is better suited for a standard conference talk (~20 min + 10 min questions) or a demonstration (10-min lightning talk + participation in a 1-hour walk-about session). For example, a talk could report new research using an existing corpus, summarize a “closed” corpus (e.g. co-developed with a language community), or discuss broader methodological and conceptual considerations for corpus phonetics. A demonstration could present a tool for automatic speech analysis, show a new “open” corpus, or give a quick tutorial.

Submission instructions

1-page abstract with a second page for figures and references. The formatting should adhere to the LabPhon abstract formatting requirements (Times New Roman, 12pt font, single spacing, 1-inch margins). Abstracts should be submitted on EasyChair.

Link for submission: 

Please specify whether your abstract should be considered for a demonstration slot or a standard talk slot. Demonstrations should be given in person. We might be able to offer a hybrid presentation option for a limited number of presenters who are giving a standard talk.

Important dates

  • Submissions are due by Wednesday, March 6 March 13, 11:59P, Anywhere on Earth (AoE)
  • Notifications will be sent out by March 15 March 22, 2024.
  • Date/Time (Tentative)09:00-16:50, Wednesday 26 June 2024
  • Location: TBA (but the same place as the conference venue, HIT, Hanyang University)

Workshop structure

Participants can submit an abstract for two types of presentation:

  • Talks: ~20 min + 10 min questions
  • Demonstrations: ~10-min lightning talk; participation in 1 hour walk-about demo session