Special Issue on Forms, Factors and Functions of Phonetic Convergence
• 大类 : 工程技术 - 4区
• 小类 : 声学 - 3区
• 小类 : 计算机：跨学科应用 - 4区
Speech communication is a dynamic and multi-dimensional process, highly shaped by the characteristics of conversational partners, (e.g. age, dialect, social status), communication settings (e.g. formal vs informal), channels (e.g. face to face, telephone) and background conditions (e.g. noisy, quiet). The efficiency and effectiveness of such a complex process is greatly enhanced if the conversational partners converge in perception and production to one another’s verbal and nonverbal behaviour. Despite the fact that convergence is a key ingredient for successful interpersonal interactions, and it has been widely studied in the past, the nature of phonetic convergence, the multifaceted forms it can take on and which functions it serves are far from being understood. With this special issue, we will take a multidisciplinary perspective on forms, factors and functions of phonetic convergence in human-human and human-machine interactions. Speech communication will be viewed comprehensively, including paralinguistic components of speech like laughter or gestures.
We are especially interested in contributions which tackle:
1) mechanisms and social functions leading to accommodation in speech perception and production;
2) the influence exerted by sources of between speaker variability (e.g. age, gender, cultural and language background, dominance in conversation) and of speech extrinsic variability (i.e. channel variability, background conditions) on the degree and direction of phonetic convergence;
3) forms which convergence can take on speech acoustics, articulatory kinematics, perceptual assessments;
4) effect of audio-visual information on acoustic, articulatory and perceived convergence;
5) challenges phonetic convergence creates for speech applications;
6) methodological issues for measuring and analysing phonetic convergence.