Discussant Sessions

ICPhS 2015 will feature Discussant Sessions, which will take the place of Special Sessions in previous congresses. In the Discussant Sessions, a thematic selection of thought-provoking studies will be highlighted and discussed by leading specialists.

In order to select the discussants, we invited suggestions from the community in the spring of 2014. Our call yielded 135 recommendations. On the basis of these recommendations, we invited leading specialists, and as a result we are now happy to announce that ICPhS 2015 will offer discussant sessions on the following topics and with the following discussants:

* Tone and intonation (Dr Yi Xu, University College London)
* Speech production and articulatory phonetics (Prof. Bryan Gick, University of British Columbia)
* Phonetics-phonology interface and laboratory phonology (Prof. Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)
* Phonetics of first language acquisition  (Prof. Mary Beckman, The Ohio State University)
* Sound change and speech evolution (Dr Andrew Wedel, University of Arizona)
* Forensic phonetics and speaker characteristics (Prof. Francis Nolan, University of Cambridge)
* Sociophonetics (Prof. Paul Foulkes, University of York)
* Speech perception (Prof. Valerie Hazan, University College London)
* Phonetic corpora and big data (Dr. Martine Adda-Decker, LPP Univ. Paris 3 & LIMSI-CNRS)
* Phonation and voice quality (Dr Christian DiCanio, University of Buffalo)

When submitting a paper to ICPhS 2015, participants will be offered the opportunity to select a maximum of two discussant sessions for which their paper would be considered. If the paper is accepted, the relevant discussants may choose to include it in their session. Each discussant session will include the presentation of the selected papers, plus a preceding introduction and a following discussion.  Accepted papers that are not selected for discussant sessions will form part of the regular programme.

We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow!

The local advisory board of ICPhS 2015