Workshop on Dynamic Modeling 11-12 June 2015 in Cologne

Speech communication does not take place in a vacuum, but develops in a social and cultural space. The interplay between speakers generates an overwhelming variety of gradient phenomena of mental and linguistic behaviour. However, many traditional linguistic frameworks cannot capture quantitative aspects of cognitive behaviour since they are restricted to qualitative descriptions of discrete categories.
Dynamical systems approaches are a promising step towards the integration of discrete and gradient phenomena. These approaches aim to model speech in terms of articulatory gestures, movement patterns of invertebrates, bird songs, atypical speech, or abstract word recognition patterns. They have in common that they focus on the time-varying aspects of a system’s behavior. Rather than studying phenomena in isolation, they seek to study the interaction between different phenomena and synthesize insights from different fields.
The aim of this workshop is primarily to bring together people doing research on different dynamical systems, as well as related areas, to pool resources and exchange ideas in an interdisciplinary context. We will address questions such as the following: What do we learn from the movement patterns of invertebrates about human tongue movements in spoken language? What do birds songs tell us about human intonation patterns? What do we learn from atypical speech when linguistic constituents seem to be blurred? Is there a line between prosody and segments? How can we model articulatory behaviour with respect to perception?

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Doris Mücke (IfL Phonetik Köln)
Anne Hermes (IfL Phonetik Köln)
Louis Goldstein (USC & Haskins Lab)