The First Nijmegen Speech Reduction Workshop

In June, 2008, Mirjam Ernestus (Radboud University) and Natasha Warner (University of Arizona and at the time Max Planck Institute for Linguistics) organized the First Nijmegen Speech Reduction Workshop (Program).  The workshop was sponsored by a European Young Investigator Award to Mirjam Ernestus, by the Max Planck Institute, and by the Radboud University Nijmegen.

The workshop included 27 talks and approximately 50 participants.  Participants came from several countries of Europe, Asia, and North America.  The talks addressed reduced speech through the fields of phonetics, psycholinguistics, automatic speech recognition, and L1 and L2 acquisition.

List of speakers and titles:

Martine Adda-Decker (CNRS, LIMSI)
Exploring production variation in large oral corpora using automatic speech recognition systems: methodological aspects and results

Katharine Barden, Antje Heinrich & Sarah Hawkins (University of Cambridge)
Perceptual learning about systematic phonetic variation in connected speech

Dorthe Bleses (University of Southern Denmark)
The struggle of Danish word-learning babies: the role of sound structure in word learning in a cross-linguistic framework

Susanne Brouwer1, Holger Mitterer1 & Mirjam Ernestus1,2
(1Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, 2Radboud University Nijmegen)
Lexical competition in casual speech: Evidence from eye-tracking

Audrey Bürki & Ulrich H. Frauenfelder (Université de Genève)
Psycholinguistic investigation of the production of words with and without their schwa in French

Danielle Duez (CNRS, Université de Provence)
Variations in spontaneous French speech: An acoustic study of voiced and unvoiced plosives

Cécile Fougeron1, Audrey Bürki2, Cédric Gendrot1 & Ulrich Frauenfelder2
1CNRS - Paris3/Sorbonne Nouvelle,
2Université de Genève)
Schwa-zero alternation in French: nature of the vowel, nature of the process

Koji Iwano (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Analysis of spectral reduction and its effects on speech recognition performance

Esther Janse1,2, Mirjam Ernestus3,2, & Inge van de Sande3,2
1Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, 2Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, 3Radboud University Nijmegen)
Processing of reduced speech in elderly listeners

Klaus Kohler (University of Kiel)
On the notion of ‘fine phonetic detail’ in communicative phonetic science: The case of speech reduction

Mikko Kurimo (Helsinki University of Technology)
Large vocabulary continuous speech recognition of spontaneous speech

Kikuo Maekawa (The National Institute for Japanese Language)
Allophonic Variation of Japanese /z/ in Spontaneous Speech

Christine Meunier & Robert Espesser (CNRS, Université de Provence)
Vowel reduction in conversational speech: is there a lexical effect?

Holger Mitterer1, Mirjam Ernestus2,1, & James McQueen1 (1Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, 2Radboud University Nijmegen)
Different processing mechanisms for apparently similar reductions

Oliver Niebuhr (CNRS, Université de Provence)
Identification of highly reduced words by differential segmental lengthening

Janet Pierrehumbert (Northwestern University)
Mechanisms of reduction

Mark Pitt1 & Laura Dilley2 (1The Ohio State University, 2Bowling Green State University)
Are there multiple solutions to recognizing reduced word forms?

Isabell Racine (Université de Genève)
Schwa deletion in French: the role of variant frequency and orthography on spoken word recognition

Leendert Plug (University of Leeds)
H&H in context: On phonetic reduction and pragmatic organisation in Dutch conversation

Kevin Russell1 & Mirjam Ernestus2,3
(1University of Manitoba,
2Radboud University Nijmegen, 3Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Frequency increases reduction, but reduction lowers subjective frequency

Linda Shockey (University of Reading)
Understanding casual English pronunciation: poles apart

Rachel Smith1 & Mirjam Ernestus2,3 (1University of Glasgow, 2Radboud University Nijmegen, 3Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Phonetic detail of highly reduced word forms: A case study of the Dutch eigenlijk

Helmer Strik (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Corpus-based research on reduction in extemporaneous speech

Shu-Chuan Tseng (Academia Sinica)
From speech reduction to syllable merger in natural speech

Benjamin V. Tucker (University of Alberta)
The processing influence of speech style as context on the processing of reduced North American English flaps

Marco van de Ven1, Mirjam Ernestus1,2& Rob Schreuder1,2
(1Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, 2Radboud University Nijmegen)
The role of different types of context in the understanding of reduced words

Christina Villafaña Dalcher (City University London)
Lenition as a derived construct: data reduction as a method for evaluating speech reduction

Natasha Warner1,2 & Benjamin V. Tucker3 (1University of Arizona, 2Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, 3University of Alberta)

Production (or non-production) of American English intervocalic stops