Committees and Invited Speakers

Organizing Entities

Linguistics Laboratory of Florence University (LABLITA):

Empirical and Experimental Linguistic Studies Laboratory (LEEL):


Organizing Committee

Tommaso Raso (Federal University of Minas Gerais)

Heliana Mello (Federal University of Minas Gerais)

Massimo Moneglia (Florence University)

Lucia de Almeida Ferrari (Federal University of Minas Gerais)

Giulia Bossaglia (Federal University of Minas Gerais)


Scientific Committee

Plínio Barbosa (Campinas University)

Emanuela Cresti (Florence University)

Shlomo Izre’el (Tel Aviv University)

Philippe Martin (Denis Diderot University, Paris 7)

Heliana Mello (Federal University of Minas Gerais)

Marianne Mithun (University of California, Santa Barbara)

João Moraes (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

Rui Rothe-Neves (Federal University of Minas Gerais)

Tommaso Raso (Federal University of Minas Gerais)

Giulia Bossaglia (Federal University of Minas Gerais)


Supporting student staff
Bruno Rocha, Crysna Bomjardim, Adriana Ramos, Frederico Amorim, Luis Lima e Silva, Bárbara Figueiredo, Bárbara Helohá Teixeira, Bárbara Oliveira, Cassiano César da Silva, Evellyn Soares, Lívia Winkler, Victor Corrêa.



Invited Speakers

Plínio Barbosa (University of Campinas)

Mira Bergelson (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

Wallace Chafe (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Emanuela Cresti (University of Florence) 

Jeanne-Marie Debaisieux (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3) 

Shlomo Izre'el (Tel Aviv University) 

Andrej Kibrik (Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences) 

Philippe Martin (Université Denis Diderot, Paris 7) 

Takehiko Maruyama (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tokyo) 

Heliana Mello (Federal University of Minas Gerais) 

Marianne Mithun (University of California, Santa Barbara) 

Massimo Moneglia (University of Florence) 

Alessandro Panunzi (University of Florence) 

Vera Podlesskaya (Russian State University, Moscow) 

Tommaso Raso (Federal University of Minas Gerais) 


Plínio Barbosa is Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics at Campinas University. He has a BA and an MA in Electronic Engineering and Computational Science and a PhD in Linguistics, with focus on experimental phonetics. His areas of interest refer to speech prosody analysis and dynamic modeling, experimental prosody, dynamic systems and coupled oscillators theory, the cognitive basis of speech rhythm, speech and language science. He has published more than 100 papers in specialized journals and national and international proceedings. He is the author of “Incursões em torno do ritmo da fala” (Campinas: Pontes), on dynamic modeling of speech rhythm.

Mira Bergelson is Professor at the Philological Faculty of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She received two Ph.D. degrees from the Russian Academy of Sciences, with a dissertation on grammar description of African language Bamana, and one focused on the sociocultural pragmatics in language and discourse. During her career, she has studied several native languages of Caucasus, Eastern Siberia and Far East. She also has expertise in international education and communication. Her research interests include the cognitive foundations and linguistic aspects of communication, neurolinguistics,  cross-cultural pragmatics and discourse.   

Wallace Chafe is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of California (UC, Santa Barbara), where he is currently continuing his work on Amerindian languages documentation, focusing on Iroquoian and Caddoan families. Since the 60s his production, spanning over multiple interests, among which spoken and written language comparison, prosody, language/thought, language/emotion, language/music interfaces, studies on laughter and humor, has been appreciated by the scientific community. He is co-editor of the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English, which integrates the International Corpus of English as the main source for spoken data of American English. 

Emanuela Cresti is Full Professor of Italian Grammar at Florence University. She has worked within the Experimental Phonetics Laboratory of Scuola Normale in Pisa, along with several collaborations with Accademia della Crusca. Among her various achievements are the compilation of spoken Italian corpora, the co-foundation of LABLITA – Linguistics Laboratory of the Italian Department of Florence University, and the coordination of the C-ORAL-ROM project – Integrated Reference Corpora for Spoken Romance Languages. Her research interests refer to grammar, with focus on spoken language and on the prosody/information structure interface.

Jeanne-Marie Debaisieux is Professor of Linguistics atSorbonne Nouvelle University (Paris 3). Throughout her career, her research interests have been focused on spoken language and on the development and launchingof technologies to apply in language teaching, namely, spoken corpora. Among several projects and research programs she is currently working with, is the ORFEO project (Outils et Ressources por le Français Ecrit et Oral), an open source, secondary data corpus provided with meta-data, speech transcriptions, text-to-sound alignment, morphosyntactic, semantic, conversational and prosodic annotations, and speech segmentation in “elemental” units.

Shlomo Izre’el is Professor of Semitic Linguistics at Tel Aviv University, where he has been working in Assiriology, Afroasiatic and Semitic Linguistics, General and Corpus Linguistics. He is member editor of several Linguistics journals and proceedings, among which the LINCOM series - Studies in Semitic Languages and JALS –Journal of Advanced Linguistic Studies. He currently co-coordinates the CoSIH –The corpus of Spoken Israeli Hebrew project, geared at the creation of a spoken Hebrew corpus useful as empirical basis for investigations in applied and theoretical linguistics. He is part of the CorpAfroAs project –Corpus of Afroasiatic Languages, gathering spoken corpora for different Afroasiatic languages. His current research interests concern Corpus Linguistic, with focus on spoken language and the prosody/syntax/discourse interface.

Andrej Kibrik is Professor of Linguistics at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), where he is head of the Department of Areal Linguistics. He is currently working in the documentation of Kuskokwim, an Athabaskan, highly endangered language spoken in Alaska , with the purpose of providing an overall description, from phonetics to discourse structure, including historical, sociolinguistic and ethnographic perspectives. In collaboration with Professor Vera Podlesskaya, he is compiling corpora of spoken Russian, focusing on prosodic features and in the development of a systematic transcription for speech. His main research interests refer to linguistic diversity and typology (with publications on Caucasian, West African, Turkic and Athabaskan languages), language and cognition, spoken language, multimodality, Corpus Linguistics and computational modeling, Russian Linguistics.

Philippe Martin is Professor Emeritus at Denis Diderot University (Paris7), where he is adjunct director of the CLILLAC-ARP Project (Centre de Linguistique Inter-langues, de Lexicologie, de Linguistique Anglaise et de Corpus) on interlanguage, lexicology, English and Corpus Linguistics. With a PhD in Acoustics and Linguistics, he works mainly in phonetics and acoustic analysis of speech, having developed the WinPitch software for prosodic analysis, as well as in phonology and intonation of English and Romance languages. His research interests refer to speech analysis focused on prosody and intonation, and their interfaces with syntax, morphology and semantics.

Takehiko Maruyama is Associate Professor at the Corpus-based Studies Department at National Institute of Japanese Language and Linguistics (Tokyo), working in the area of Japanese and Corpus Linguistics in other universities as well. He is editor member of various Linguistics journals, focusing on Japanese and Computational Linguistics. His main research interests currently refer to Corpus Linguistics, and spoken Japanese grammar and disfluency phenomena.

Heliana Mello is Associate Professor at Federal University of Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte). Her work focuses on corpus-based analysis of grammatical change, language contact, semantics, syntax and pragmatics. Her interests on Corpus Linguistics refer both to corpora compilation and corpus-based quantitative methodology for linguistic analysis. She is co-director of the C-ORAL-BRASIL project, aiming at the compilation and exploitation of spoken Brazilian Portuguese corpora.

Marianne Mithun is Full Professor at the University of California (Santa Barbara). Her works focuses on Amerindian North American languages research and documentation, with extensive studies on Iroquoian (Mohawk, Cayuga, Tuscarora languages), Pomoan (Central Pomo), Chumashan (Barbareño Chumash), Eskimo Aleutian (Central Yupik of Alaska), Athabaskan (Navajo), Algonquian (Cree), Sioux (Dakota, Tutelo) families, and, outside America, on the Austronesian family as well (Kapampangan and Selayrese languages). Her research interests refer to language documentation in natural and spontaneous context, in phonetics/phonology/prosody/morphology/syntax/discourse interfaces, and in diachronic and areal perspectives as well.

Massimo Moneglia is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Florence University, where he is director of the  LABLITA Laboratory of Linguistics. He has been working with spoken corpora compilation, and coordinated the Italian group in the C-ORAL-ROM project. He is currently developing the IMAGACT – Cross-linguistic Ontology of Action project, based on spoken Italian and English corpora, and the RIDIRE project focusing on infrastructure for the exploitation of Italian web-corpora. His main research interests refer to semantics, Computational and Corpus linguistics, and language acquisition theory.

Alessandro Panunzi is Associate Researcher of Computational Linguistics at Florence University, where he is a member of LABLITA. He is a member of national and international projects directed towards implementation and exploitation of linguistic resources. He is scientific coordinator of the MODELACT project, which focuses on cognition-language-action interface modeling. His research interests refer mainly to lexical semantics, speech analysis, Computational and Corpus linguistics. He currently works in corpus-based studies about verbal lexicon semantic properties.

Vera Podlesskaya is Professor of Linguistics at the Russian State University (Moscow). She is the editor of Acta Linguistica Petropolitana and Voprosy JazykoznanijaJournal of the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She has been working in the areas of linguistic typology, spoken Russian analysis and Japanese grammar. In collaboration with Andrej Kibrik, she is currently coordinating a project dedicated to the compilation of a spoken Russian corpus. Her research interests refer to the prosody/syntax interface, Russian linguistics and linguistic typology in the semantics/syntax interface.

Tommaso Raso is Full Professor of Linguistics at Federal University of Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte). His research interests range from philology and historical linguistics, Italian linguistics, pragmatics, speech analysis to Corpus Linguistics. He is currently working in projects directed to the compilation and exploitation of spoken Brazilian Portuguese corpora, with focus on the analysis of illocution and information structure based on spontaneous speech corpora. He is co-director of the C-ORAL-BRASIL project, in constant collaboration with the Italian C-ORAL-ROM project group, working on cross-linguistic spontaneous speech corpora.

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