Posted Date: :2012-5-26 23:32:13 | Posted In: News | Hit: 1970

The Sixth International Conference on Speech Prosody (SP 2012), was held May 22-25, 2012 at Grand Central Hotel, Shanghai, China.


Speech Prosody 2012, themed as “Prosody in the real world: Understanding and approaching human prosodic performance”, is the only recurring international conference focused on prosody as an organizing principle for the social, psychological, linguistic, and technological aspects of spoken language. It is the first time of opportunity that China has been the host country to held the conference. On Tuesday morning, PEI Gang, president of Tongji University, made a welcome speech during the opening ceremony. Rüdiger Hoffmann, professor of TU Dresden, delivered the keynote speech: “Analysis-by-Synthesis in Prosody Research”. On Friday, the conference was held at Yi-fu Building, Tongji University, Dean of SFL, Chair of organizing committee, professor MA Qiuwu made the keynote speech:" Bidirectional Tone Sandhi in Tianjin Dialect: Problem and Analysis.” Afterwards, five Best Student Paper awards were conferred at the closing ceremony, congratulations to winners: Alejna Brugos, Chuchu Li, Candise Lin, Miaomiao Wang and Timo Röttger. Later, a farewell banquet and Pujiang Tour ended the memorable and remarkable Speech Prosody 2012.


The five-day conference mixed in keynote speeches, oral sessions, poster sessions, tutorial, workshops and other exciting social events. A gathering of almost three hundreds scholars and researchers from various nations participated in the conference, such as Chairman of SProSIG, professor Keikichi Hirose, the founder of SProSIG, professor Daniel Hirst, Director of research at the CNRS, Elisabeth DELAIS-ROUSSARIE and many other gurus. 189 qualitative research papers addressing multi-aspects of the science and technology of prosody have been collected. The conference provided a great platform for those who are interested in speech prosody to exchange the news and resources of latest achievements and to promote the study and diffusion of knowledge about Speech Prosody in general.