Message from the organisers


It is a great pleasure for our labs to host the fourth International Conference on Speech Prosody in Campinas, Brazil. Speech Prosody 2008 is the fourth conference of a series promoted by the Special Interest Group on Speech Prosody (SProSIG) of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA). The first one was held in Aix-en-Provence, France, in 2002, followed biennally by Nara, Japan (2004), and Dresden, Germany (2006). Now time has come for a change of place and hemisphere by welcoming prosody researchers in Brazil.

About Campinas

Campinas is São Paulo State’s second major city with about 1 million inhabitants. It is the city of Carlos Gomes, a famous classic composer of the XIXth century and author of the Guarani opera. The name of the city, meaning “meadows”, derives from its longer, older name, Campinas do Mato Grosso, a resting place settled for theBandeirantes expeditions, going to the Caminho dos Goiases, during the XVIIIth century. The city was widely known in the XIXth century for the sugar cane and coffee plantations, which can be seen even nowadays in the outskirts of the city.

Speech Prosody

Speech prosody covers a multidisciplinary area of research involving scientists working on the suprasegmental aspects of speech, having very different backgrounds and coming from different traditions, including linguistics and phonetics, conversation analysis, semantics and pragmatics, sociolinguistics, acoustics, speech synthesis and recognition, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, speech therapy and language teaching, among others.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers will be delivered by May 2007, inviting participants to contribute in all areas of speech prosody. We particularly invite the community to renew and broaden the interest in Rhythm Analysis and Modelling, Grammar and Discourse, Pathological Speech Prosody, as well as L2 Acquisition Prosody.

Best Regards,
The Organising Committee

César Reis Sandra Madureira Plínio A. Barbosa
Chair Vice-Chair Program Chair
Phonetics Lab/UFMG LIAAC/PUC-SP Speech Prosody
Studies Group/Unicamp