Prosody and Meaning

Workshop on Prosody and Meaning: Information Structure and Beyond

Université (AMU), Aix-en- Provence, France, 8 November 2018

Call for Papers

We invite submissions for the Workshop Prosody and Meaning: Information Structure and Beyond, to be held at the Laboratoire Parole et Langage, Aix-Marseille Université (AMU), Aix-en- Provence, France, 8 November 2018.

The Workshop is co-located with the 22nd SemDial Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, 8-10 November 2018.


Signaling the information structure of utterances has been shown to be one of the main dimensions of prosodic meaning in many languages, and remains a driving force behind the research on the typological variety of prosodic systems. Other aspects of prosodic meaning that have been investigated are the role of prosody in the generation of implicatures, in speech-act dynamics, in dialogue management, or in the marking of various kinds of questions, owing much to collaborations between phonologists and
semanticists/pragmaticists. Other recent advances in the field are supported by the development of corpus resources and of new experimental methods for the investigation of the empirical validity of specific theoretical claims. This workshop aims at bringing together theoretical and psycholinguists working on the prosody/meaning interface in different languages as well as computational linguists developing tools for prosody-meaning corpus annotation, exploration and processing.

Invited Speakers

Michael Wagner, McGill University
Pilar Prieto, ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • prosodic reflexes of information structure in different languages and their relationship with other grammatical reflexes of information structure (morphological or syntactical),
  • the relationship between information structure, ellipsis or clause fragments and prosody,
  • the interplay between information structure and other aspects of prosodic meaning such as speech acts, attitude signaling, or turn-taking management,
  • more generally, the role of prosody in the management and interpretation of discourse and dialogue



We invite the submission of abstracts for oral or poster presentations. Abstracts should be anonymous, in English, and should not exceed one page (2.5 cm margins, 12pt font size), with an extra page for examples, figures and references.

Abstract deadline: 27 May 2018
Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2018
Workshop: 8 November 2018

Cristel Portes, Laboratoire Parole et Langage (LPL), Université d’Aix-Marseille (AMU),
Arndt Riester and Uwe Reyle, Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung (IMS), Universität

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