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IX LABLITA and                    

IV LEEL International  Workshop

  Units of Reference for Spontaneous                 Speech Analysis and their correlations               across languages

  August 3rd-7th, 2015                                                   Federal University of Minas Gerais - Belo Horizonte


Throughout the last decade, extensive compilation of spontaneous speech corpora for several linguistic families has provided large amount of data to linguistic research, often including the acoustic and prosodic dimension, which is fundamental for speech analysis.

Speech corpora, therefore, represent a strong enhancement for the development of linguistic theory in many and different domains.

However, the notion of sentence as unit of reference for spoken language analysis turns out to be strongly limiting and inconsistent with the available data.

Different paradigms point at various possible ways to identify structural properties of spoken language, including its unit of reference.

Starting from direct comparison of empirical studies on several languages and linguistic families, the workshop intends to advance  the comprehension of the unit of reference for spontaneous speech and to profit from the discussion of the results of multiple theoretical approaches in order to define a common ground.


**NEW ** SLAC Database

In the SLAC - Spoken Language Annotation Comparison online Database (Panunzi, Gregori & Rocha) it is now possible to confere the segmentations of the text from the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English made by each participant of the workshop.

Access SLAC Database here:

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