You can download the workshop programme here.

The book of abstracts is available for download.

Information for Presenters

The workshop will be held in the Hunter Building located at Kelburn campus. The registration, poster session, and morning/afternoon tea will take place in the Hunter Common Room (HU202). The presentations will be in the Hunter Lecture Theatre 119 (HULT119). There will be a registration desk in the Lecture Theatre where you can collect your workshop pack. You can find a map of the campus here.

Each talk slot is 25 minutes long. Talks should be 15-20 minutes, allowing 5-10 minutes for discussion and the changeover of presenters.

Posters must fit on the poster boards, which are 1200mm x 1200mm. We suggest A0 size (841 × 1189 mm – either landscape or portrait). Posters can be up on the boards throughout the workshop.

Poster presenters may choose to get their posters printed on campus at Fuji Xerox ( If so, the presenters must arrange everything with Fuji Xerox directly. Please e-mail your posters to them at least 2 days before collection.

Their wide format printer used for A0, A1, A2 size posters uses satin coated paper 200gsm. They also offer laminating for these sizes.

Price list:                                                                                                                                        Printing                    Laminating                                                                                                    A0       $38                      $22                                                                                                              A1        $27                      $14                                                                                                            A2       $15                       $9


Thursday, November 29

8:45 9:00                    Opening session

9:00 9:50                    Invited Speaker: Janet Fletcher

Intonation and contrastive focus marking strategies in two indigenous languages of Australia and Vanuatu

9:50 10:15                    Jason Brown and Karsten Koch

Prosodically driven focus movement in Urama

10:15 10:45                   Morning tea 

10:45 11:10                   Candide Simard and Aicha Belkadi

Are you by any chance a new referent NP in this narrative?

11:10 11:35                   Abiola Oyelere, Candide Simard and Anne Lacheret-Dujour

Prominence in the identification of the focus elements in Naija (Nigerian Pidgin)

11:35 12:00                  Olcay Turk

Coordination of gesture with prosodic and information structure in Turkish

12:00 12:25                 Francois Nemo, Gilles Cloiseau and Fanny Krimou

Prosodic marking of questions under discussions: Empirical and experimental approaches

12:25 13:35                   Lunch

13:35 14:25                  Invited Speaker: Anne Cutler

Sources and domains of variability in prosodic processing

14:25 – 14:50                  Hilary Wynne, Linda Wheeldon and Aditi Lahiri

The preparation of complex prosodic frames by L2 English speakers

14:50 – 15:15                  Timo Roettger, Michael Franke and Jennifer Cole

Listeners rationally adapt to unreliable intonation

15:15 – 15:45                    Afternoon tea

15:45 – 16:10                  Hong Zhang

Phrasal effect on Thai tone realization

16:10 – 17:00                  Invited Speaker: Jennifer Cole

Conventionalization in the prosodic encoding of information structure: An information-theoretic approach

17:00                                 Closing

18:30                                 Dinner


Friday, November 30 

8:45 – 9:35                     Invited speaker: Nicole Gotzner

The semantic and pragmatic function of focal pitch accents in German and English

9:35 – 10:00                  Yan Sun and Chilin Shih

Effects of semantic similarity and focus on the resolution of ambiguous sentences

10:00 – 11:30                  Morning tea & Posters

11:30 – 11:55                   Simon Wehrle, Timo B. Roettger and Martine Grice

Exploring the dynamics of backchannel interpretation: The meandering mouse paradigm

11:55 – 12:20                   Jesin James and Catherine Watson

The role of prosody and semantics in the perception of secondary emotions

12:20 – 12:45                  Angelika Hönemann and Petra Wagner

Local speech rate in attitudinal speech in German

12:45 – 13:55                    Lunch

13:55 – 14:45                   Invited Speaker: Bettina Braun

The role of pitch accent type and focus-sensitive particles in the activation of contrastive alternatives

14:45 – 15:10                   Mengzhu Yan and Sasha Calhoun

What primes alternatives? Investigating syntactic and prosodic focus priming of alternatives in English and Mandarin Chinese

15:10 – 15:40                   Afternoon tea

15:40 – 16:05                  Isabelle Franz, Gerrit Kentner, Luisa Bernius and Frank Domahs

The influence of rhythm and animacy on word order in three different age groups

16:05 – 16:30                 Ivan Yuen, Nan Xu Rattanasone and Katherine Demuth

Six-year-olds use pitch, not duration, to mark focus in Australian English

16:30 – 17:10                  Discussion

17:10                                   Closing


Poster Presentations

November 30, 10:00 – 11:30

Anna Dannenberg

How prosody affects perceiving syntactic boundaries in spontaneous speech

Daniele Scanzi, Jérémy Zehr, Francesca Foppolo and Florian Schwarz

Only vs. clefts: The incremental processing of presupposed vs. entailed content

Grażyna Demenko

Expressive speech as a key for human-computer communication

Hong Zou

A prosodic approach to the binding area of Chinese reflexive “Ziji”

Jun Xia and Xiaofang Cui

The prosodic constraints on the coordinate construction of incomplete names in mandarin Chinese

Katharina Zahner and Bettina Braun

F0 is not enough – when museum does not active musical in Australian English


Michael Howard

The intonational phonology of Sāmoan questions

Seppo Kittilä and Sonja Dahlgren

Prosodic marking of certainty contrasts: the case of Finnish modal-evidential particles

Shinobu Mizuguchi and Koichi Tateishi

Lexical accent and focal prominence in Japanese

Yue Cheng

Tone patterns of Du Fu’s pentasyllabic lines