SIRL Kickoff Workshop

The SIRL (Social Interaction in the Representation of Language) Kickoff Workshop serves as a starting point for the SIRL project, which addresses the role of social information (e.g., gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status) in how linguistic forms are perceived, remembered, accessed and produced. This issue will be explored from a variety of perspectives, including regional variation, phonetic convergence, identity construction, perceptual adaptation, emotional prosody, and phonological acquisition, with approaches drawn from sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and exemplar phonology, among others. The overall goal of the workshop is to establish a vibrant interdisciplinary dialogue that will lead to a more sophisticated and richly informed approach to the project’s main objectives.

For the full program including abstracts, please click here.


Friday, November 20th

14h00 Introduction – James Sneed German (LPL)

15h00 The effect of emotional prosody on word recognition – Seung Kyung Kim (LPL)

16h00 Coffee break

16h30 Effects of perceived gender on prominence perception – Tim Mahrt (LPL)

17h30 Changing city, changing accents: Identity, conflict and linguistic change in Marseille – Médéric Gasquet-Cyrus (LPL)

18h30 Apéritif

Saturday, November 21st

9h30 Improving the auditory-perceptual assessment of phonological acquisition – Ben Munson (University of Minnesota)

10h30 Coffee break

11h00 That voice sounds like mine – Noël Nguyen (LPL)

12h00 Lunch (all welcome)

14h00 Accommodation and performativity: How to find a convergence between post-structuralist social theories and sociophonetics? – Julie Abbou (CREM, Université de Lorraine)

15h00 Rhythmic convergence of Indian and American English in interactional speech – Oriana Reid-Collins (LPL)

16h00 Coffee break

16h30 Interpreting intonation depends on regional indexing – Cristel Portes, Amandine Michelas & James Sneed German (LPL)

17h30 Discussion

18h30 Apéritif