The Italian Association of Speech Sciences (AISV) is happy to announce the AISV Annual Conference 2019 and the call for the submission of extended abstracts.

What AISV 2019 aisv
Where Arezzo, Italy
When 14-16 February 2019
About Dipartimento di Scienze della formazione, scienze umane e della comunicazione interculturale, audio archives at the crossroads of speech sciences, digital humanities and digital heritage

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: 25 sept. 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 oct. 2018
  • Conference dates:  14-16 febr. 2019
  • Full papers submission: 15 march 2019


Conference Topics

Audio archives are common in different disciplines within the social sciences and humanities and Information and Communications Technology, from the various fields of linguistics (phonetics, phonology, dialectology, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, etc) and speech technologies (natural language processing, automatic speech recognition, etc), to oral history, ethnography, sociology, anthropology, and psychology.

They contain vast amounts of information relevant to social sciences and humanities but at the same time they are underutilized material of intangible cultural heritage. Crucially, the fragmentation of archives, repositories, and data centres undermines the accessibility and reuse of oral archives.

The conference aims at discussing possibilities for a closer collaboration between speech scientists, conversation analysists, speech technologists and oral historians.

Potential questions include

  • What are the challenges involved in the re-use of speech and oral archives collected for other purposes?
  • What kind of opportunities do oral archives provide for speech technology?
  • What do linguistic uses of historical narratives look like? What are the opportunities and challenges of using oral history archives in linguistic research? What are the opportunities and challenges of phonetic tools for oral history and social sciences? In what ways could oral historians profit from a closer collaboration?
  • What are the challenges involved in the long-term preservation and in the metadata description of digital archives? What are the challenges and the risks associated to legal and ethical issues?
  • What are the opportunities and the threats associated to online audio archives sharing? What are the long-established standards and the welcomed ones? What are the online share-platforms and the forthcoming projects? What are the opportunities at EU level for the preservation and maintenance of audio archives?

Following the tradition of AISV conferences, the programme will also include open sessions on any aspect of speech science research.

The languages of the conference are Italian and English. Power Point presentations and posters should be written in English.

How to submit your abstract

Authors are invited to submit an abstract by 25 September. Abstracts should be written in English or Italian, and should be restricted to 4000 characters (including spaces) and two pages in A4 format, including graphs and references. Abstracts should be submitted in .pdf format via;conf=aisv2019

Invited speakers

  • Franciska de Jong| Universiteit Utrecht | Executive Director CLARIN ERIC
    “Spoken Word Archives as Societal and Cultural Data”
    special session (supported by CLARIN ERIC)
  • Christoph Draxler, Florian Schiel – Bavarian Archive for Speech Signals Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany
    "Creating, Managing and Analysing Speech Databases using BAS Services and Emu: A Hands-On Tutorial"

Previous AISV Conferences

Proceedings of selected papers from previous AISV Conferences

Organizing Committee

  • Fabio Ardolino (Università di Pisa)
  • Silvia Calamai (Università degli Studi di Siena)
  • Letizia Cirillo (Università degli Studi di Siena)
  • Caterina Pesce (Università degli Studi di Padova)
  • Duccio Piccardi (Università di Pisa)

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Please, take into account that CLARIN agreed on a possibility of awarding more than one candidate per a category and also that there is a possibility to give an award to a team.

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