Workshop "Rate and Rhythm in speech Recognition (R3)"

13 December 2019 09:00 - 13 December 2019 17:45
Max Planck Institute. Registration is free.

Speech is fast: talkers can produce spontaneous speech with syllables that last only a tenth of a second. Speech is also a pseudo-rhythmic signal. It contains pronounced amplitude fluctuations driven by the ebb and flow of words in canonical vs. reduced form, stressed vs. unstressed syllables, loud vowels vs. softer consonants. Together, these temporal aspects of speech are crucial for communication: if the rhythm of speech is destroyed, intelligibility drops dramatically. Yet which perceptual, cognitive, and neurobiological mechanisms support the temporal processing of speech remains unclear. This workshop brings together rate and rhythm researchers from the field of phonetics, psycholinguistics, language development, and cognitive neuroscience in an attempt to bridge the methodological, conceptual, and terminological divides. The workshop will provide a multidisciplinary perspective on some of the key questions in the field, including:

  • Attention to context: How is the perception of the temporal properties of speech guided by the phonetic, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic properties of the surrounding speech? What is the role of attention in these context effects?
  • Multimodal processing: Does the processing of rate and rhythm involve domain-general or also domain-specific cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms that only contribute to the processing of spoken, musical, or visual (e.g., lip movements, beat gestures, etc.) rhythmic signals?
  • Individual variation: What drives variation in human listeners’ rhythmic processing skills? What speech and language pathologies may be results of atypical rhythmic processing?
  • Neurobiology: Which temporal processing properties of the brain constrain the way that speech is recognized and comprehended? Can neural stimulation techniques provide promising avenues for facilitating speech comprehension?

The workshop will work towards a more comprehensive understanding of rate and rhythm processing in general, and in spoken language in particular. The workshop will be held on Friday December 13th, 2019, at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


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Registration is free of charge but compulsory if you wish to attend the workshop. Places are limited. Please register here.

Poster session

The workshop includes a poster session for researchers that work in fields related to the topic of the workshop. However, spaces are limited and poster submissions will be evaluated by the organizers for relevance and quality. Submit your poster abstract of max. 200 words here. Deadline: October 4, 2019.


This R3 workshop is organized by the TEMPOS research group, headed by Hans Rutger Bosker.


Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Wundtlaan 1, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

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