Workshop on Accommodation in Speech Communication

13 December 2018, University of Zurich, room KO2 F 152, Karl Schmid Strasse 4, 8006 Zürich, 09:30 - 18:00

Organized by Elisa Pellegrino, Volker Dellwo, Yshai Kalmanovitch, Wolfgang Kesselheim

Workshop description and call for oral / poster presentations

URPP Language and Space of the University of Zurich is pleased to announce the Workshop on Accommodation in Speech Communication. The workshop, bringing together researchers working in the areas of phonetics and speech sciences, multimodality, interaction analysis, linguistics, psychology and computer sciences, aims to provide a forum for discussing corpora, methods and measures, currently applied in accommodation research to quantify convergence in speech communication.

As the phenomenon of accommodation occurs at several linguistic and extra-linguistic levels, and its dynamics may vary noticeably depending on speaker-specific, linguistic and situational factors, topics for which contributors are invited include:

  • Acoustic/articulatory measures of convergence in interactive and non-interactive speech tasks
  • Multimodal synchronization in face-to-face interactions
  • Lexical, grammatical, syntactic and conversational alignment in speech communication
  • Indexical, linguistic and contextual factors affecting degree and direction of accommodation
  • Code-mixing/switching in language contact situations

Given that accommodation is not a prerequisite of human-to-human speech interactions, we also encourage the submissions of proposals dealing with:

  • Accommodation in written interactions
  • Accommodation in animal communication
  • Human-to-machine, machine-to-human accommodation

Guest speakers

  • Rivka Levitan, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science, Brooklyn College CUNY
  • Jennifer Pardo, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Speech Communication Laboratory at Montclair State University
  • Antje Schweitzer, Postdoc, Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung, Stuttgart University


Abstract submission

Abstracts for oral/poster presentation must be written in English and not exceed 300 words, excluding references. Abstracts should be submitted to the following email:

Accepted abstracts will be designated either for oral or poster presentation.

The workshop language is English, and the participation is free of charge.


Important dates

4 November 2018: Abstract submission deadline

7 November 2018: Notification of acceptance authors



The workshop is open and free of charge. All are welcome, but please sign up by sending an email to by 10 December 2018.



Seminarroom KO2 F 152, Karl Schmid Strasse 4, 8006 Zürich


Contact person: Elisa Pellegrino,




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