LabPhon 13
The 13th Conference on Laboratory Phonology

Stuttgart, Germany, July 27-29, 2012

Advancing Prosodic Transcription
for Spoken Language Science and Technology

A satellite workshop held in conjunction with LabPhon 13
in Stuttgart, Germany, July 30, 2012

Organizers: Jennifer Cole (U Illinois, USA) and Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel (MIT, USA)
Sponsored by the Association for Laboratory Phonology

This workshop addresses the challenge of prosodic transcription for research in spoken language sciences and for the development of computer speech technologies. Invited speakers and poster presenters include developers of transcription systems as well as researchers who are using these systems in their investigation and/or developing large prosodically labelled corpora. The goal is to discuss current best practices in prosodic transcription relating to the goals of linguistic and speech technology research, and identify directions for future development.

  • Date of Workshop: Monday July 30, 2012

Inquiries can be sent to the organizers at or

This workshop is sponsored by the Association for Laboratory Phonology, and ALP members will pay a reduced registration fee. For information on membership visit

Please register here: Registration


The workshop will be held on day following LabPhon conference at the Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS), which is located on the Stuttgart University main campus in Vaihingen. The venue can be reached by public S-Bahn from the city center and the main conference location (lines S1, S2, S3; S-Bahn stop "Universität", 10 minutes from main station). Trains go every 10 minutes during the day, every 5 minutes during rush hour.

Map of IMS on university campus: .pdf

Information for Presenters

Poster boards will be in 120 x 150 cm portrait format (= 47 x 59 inches).
Please note that the 120 cm width allows for A0 landscape (which is 118.9 cm x 84.1 cm, or 33.11 x 46.81 inches).

There will be two short oral sessions of Poster Micro-presentations (before and after lunch), in which each poster will be introduced with at most one slide and a brief 3-minute "advertisement" of the poster. Please send your slide to Jennifer Cole ( in Powerpoint or PDF format by July 29th. All slides will be presented from the same computer.

Program (click titles to access abstracts)

Time Session
9:00 - 9:30 On-site registration, coffee
Session I: Developers of prosody transcription systems
9:30 - 12:00 Pilar Prieto & José I. Hualde
Universitat Pompeu Fabra & University of Illinois
Martine Grice
Universität zu Köln
Laura Dilley
Michigan State University
12:00 - 12:30 Poster previews micro-presentations (I)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch on your own
Session II: Comments and discussion from researchers who use prosody annotated speech materials for their research
14:00 - 15:30 David Escudero-Mancebo
Universidad de Valladolid
Michael Wagner
McGill University
Jennifer Cole
U Illinois
15:30 - 16:00 Poster previews micro-presentations (II)
Poster Session with coffee
16:00 - 18:00 V. Anufryk U Stuttgart An approach to the prosodic annotation of a bilingual speech corpus
G. Aurrekoetxea
I. Gaminde
A. Iglesias
L. Gandarias
UPV/EHU Proposal for the prosodic transcription of the Basque language
M. Avanzi
A. Lacharet
N. Obin
U Neuchâtel
U Paris Ouest & IRCC
Transcription of prosody in continuous speech: Prosodic encoding the spoken French corpus Rhapsodie
N. Bacuez U Texas-Austin Graded categories of intonation contours
A. Brugos
S. Shattuck-Hufnagel
Boston U
A proposal for labelling prosodic disfluencies in ToBI
Y. Congosto Martin
M. D. Ramirez Verdugo
U Sevilla
UA Madrid
Analyzing the prosody of Californian Spanish: A multi-level prosodic annotation of proesla
M. D'Imperio
R. Bertrand
C. Portes
L. Prévot
U d’Aix-Marseille
& Laboratoire Parole et Langage, CNRS
Transcribing prosodic breaks in French spontaneous speech: the role of discourse genre and discourse content
D. Escudero
F. Vizcaino
M. Cabrera
E. Estebas-Vilaplana
U Valladolid
U Las Palmas Gran Canaria
U Las Palmas Gran Canaria
U Nacional de Educación a Distancia
Analysis of bias introduced in label assignment by computer assisted prosodic labeling
S. Frota
M. Cruz
U Lisbon The Interactive Atlas of the Prosody of Portuguese: Two questions on prosodic transcription
M. Garellek UCLA Importance of coding the Utterance domain in prosodic transcriptions
S. Hellmuth
R.A. Almbark
U York Stimulus design and transcription issues in cross-varietal investigation of spoken Arabic prosody
I.Y. Kim U Paris Denis Diderot Transcribing prosody of Korean spontaneous speech
K. Mády
B. Gyuris
Research Institute for Linguistics, HAS Low phrase-initial boundary tone in Hungarian exclamatives
P. Mertens U Leuven Transcription of tonal aspects in speech and a system for automatic tonal annotation
A. Schweitzer Stuttgart U Perceptually motivated parameters for automatic prosodic annotation
A. Vella
M. Spagnol
S. Grech
F. Chetcuti
S. Agius
U Malta Transcribing the relationship between degrees of prominence and boundary strength in Maltese
C. Smith
P. Edmunds
U New Mexico Listeners’ perceptions of phrasing produced by native and non-native readers in English
18:00 - 18:30 General Discussion, Closing remarks

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