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International Workshop; "Speech audio archives: preservation, restoration, annotation, aimed at supporting the linguistic analysis" Extended deadline

Workshop theme

As is well-known, there are many audio corpora out there in Europe and all over the world, witnessing an extraordinary cultural and linguistic richness awaiting research and cultural heritage exploitation. One needs not spend a lot of words to underline the extreme importance of this diverse repository in terms of cultural heritage preservation. They are an endless mine of linguistic variability even within one and the same politically homogeneous territory. It is however equally well-known that these different corpora are based on a multiplicity of formats and stored in databases using incompatible standards, which make their interoperability impossible at the present stage. It is thus very important and urgent to develop intelligent tools to foster the attainment of such a crucial goal. During the past 50 years many resources have been collected and recorded by several national research centers (mostly dedicated to dialectological and sociolinguistic studies). They witness language usage by speakers differing in geographical origin, age and educational status. In quite a few cases, these materials constitute the living evidence of a language state that has now disappeared.
The European scientific community has in recent times turned more sensitive to problems relating to the maintenance and exploitation of oral archives witnessing important cultural layers of language diversity. But if we do not act now this treasure may be lost forever. The reason is simple: a great deal of the most valuable materials have been collected time back, and are still preserved on obsolete types of support, deemed to perish forever before long. This endangers their preservation and cramps their consultation.
In order to make these cultural assets available to a trans-national circulation, the speech materials have to be annotated, supplied with metadata for on-line searching queries, and – if necessary – restored. We need thus an interdisciplinary approach developing strong synergies among many disciplines.

The Organizing Committee has decided to extend the manifestation of interest submission deadline to September 1th 2016.

Call for papers
We invite submissions that deal with the following topics:

  • Linguistic annotations;
  • Audio digital restoration / speech enhancement;
  • Creation and organization of speech audio archives.

The official language of the Workshop is English. All papers, written in English (max 12 pages, figures, tables and references included) must concern the analysis of (at least) one of the files in the Workshop Speech Corpus (see below). The authors may also add other corpora to their analysis objects, but it is compulsory to develop a detailed analysis of (at least) one of the audio files of the Workshop Corpus. This constraint concerning the use of at least one of the audio files of the Workshop Speech Corpus stems from our will to provide all authors with a common background, and specially to develop and foster a possible and highly desirable dialog among scholars coming from different fields of the scientific community (linguists, phoneticians, engineers, computer scientists, etc.) during the Workshop. The redaction of the papers must follow this electronic form (download: Word Template).
The authors must send their manifestation of interest to submit a paper (containing authors, title, and a very very short abstract (up to 100 words), with the mention of the topic they refer to) to this address: convegni@lincei.it . Then they will send the full paper to the same address. The papers will be submitted to a peer review process and the evaluation will be send to the authors for acceptance/rejection, and – in case of acceptance – for the necessary improvements of the text. Maximum number of papers: a maximum of 15 papers will be accepted. For each paper, the Accademia dei Lincei will refund the travel fares up to 120 euros per paper (not per author!), and offer a room in its “Foresteria”. In case of papers by more than one author, the reimbursement will be sent just to the first one, and the room will be reserved just to one of the authors.

Workshop Speech Corpus
You can download the corpus here: Corpus.zip
You will find a list of audio files and a corresponding list of TextGrid (Praat) files, where the audio is roughly annotated. Of course, feel free to modify the annotation in the TextGrids, according to your evaluations and purposes.

Important dates
Deadline for manifestation of interest submission: August 1th, 2016
Deadline for full papers submission: December 1th, 2016
Deadline for full papers acceptance notification: Mars 1th, 2017
Camera-ready Paper due: April 1th, 2017
Workshop: May 18th-19th, 2017

The Proceedings will be published by the Accademia dei Lincei in the “Contributi del Centro Linceo Interdisciplinare ‘Beniamino Segre’" (ISSN 0394-0705). Moreover, the Scientific Committee will select a number of papers that will be proposed to an International ranked Journal for a thematic issue.

Scientific Committee

Silvia Calamai (University of Siena)
Sergio Canazza (University of Padova)
Amedeo De Dominicis (University of Tuscia and Lincei)
Brigitte Bigi (Laboratoire Parole et Langage, Aix-en-Provence)
Antonio Rodà (University of Padova)

For general info: Amedeo De Dominicis, e-mail

¹ The Ayoreo (Zamucoan) audio file comes from Luca Ciucci's personal archive. The source of CG5 audio file is the persistent id: hdl:11041/sldr000006 (actual link is http://hdl.handle.net/11041/sldr000006).



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