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About Campinas

 

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Campinas, the name is originated from a Portuguese word which means grass fields. It is Southeastern Municipality of São Paulo State in Brazil. This region is characterized by a landscape showcasing an array of dense forests, rivers and range of hillocks covered with shrubby vegetation.

Barreto Leme founded Campinas on July 14, 1774. During the first half of 19th century, Campinas prospered with farming of coffee, cotton and sugarcane along with its growing and thriving inhabitants. Another reason for the development of this city is the railway link between São Paulo and Santos’ seaport. In later half of the same century slavery was abolished but farming and Industries continued progressing. The foreign immigrants from far countries like Italy provided the needed manpower and filled the gap created after the end of slavery.

Weather in the city of Campinas, range from dry and gentle winters to hot summers. The intermediate rainy season is warm and humid and autumn and spring add to the variety of seasons in Campinas. Though its name suggests, Campinas to resemble a lush grass field, actually it is quite the opposite. The discredit goes to the incessant the destruction of ecology to a great extent. Campinas, due to excessive deforestation and destroyed environment, face the threat of floods and subsequent silting.

The city of Campinas has grown to riches due to its coffee export. Its affluence is quite obviously visible with the appearance of opera house, shopping malls, theaters, business and financial buildings, cinema theaters. Campinas also has  radio stations, a philharmonic orchestra, newspapers, impressive public education services, health-care facilities for everyone from the well-off citizens to the poor people through charity service.

Campinas has progressed and so did its faculties like a research institutes for agriculture, nanotechnology and biosciences. A highway all to the city of São Paulo is an assurance for interstate connectivity and future business prospects. The Economical landscape of the city is also promising with growth of industries like petrochemicals, IT, Automobiles, Telecommunications in addition to the original vocation of agriculture and farming.

The Conference

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