6th International Scientific Conference Slavic Scientific Reflections

Infrastructure for Speech Research in
the Humanities and Language Technologies

INVITATION

18th and 19th May 2023

University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts
Koroška cesta 160, Maribor, Slovenia

Organisers

University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts, Department for Slavic Languages and Literature
University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications
Slavic Association Maribor

Spontaneous spoken language use represents primary linguistic behaviour, exposes the great variety of language, provides a diverse set of linguistic data and includes elements not yet present in the written language use. Research of speech and speech communication is essential for comprehensive language knowledge and its understanding, and it often plays a key role in the interdisciplinary co-operation of linguistics with other sciences. The lack of spoken language resources and the associated research infrastructure is currently the main obstacle in speech and speech communication research. In comparison to the written ones, the spoken language resources are rare and underdeveloped. This is due mainly to the fact that the creation of spoken language resources requires significantly more effort than the creation of the written ones, and, partly, also due to the fact that, in linguistics, the written word was, and still is, at the centre of its interest. On the other hand, speech technologies have, currently, been developing intensively. They are underdeveloped for the languages ​​with a small number of speakers like Slovenian, thus the speakers face the inaccessibility of advanced information and communication technologies with integrated speech technologies.

The conference`s purpose is, therefore, to encourage discussion on the development of spoken language resources and the associated research infrastructure, to research both speech and speech communication in a wide variety of disciplines.

The conference`s aim is to review the situation and define the needs for speech data and related research infrastructure in the various disciplines of Humanities, Social Sciences and Technical Sciences. At the conference we would like your contribution to follow one of the thematic areas:

  • State-of-the-art and perspectives in the usage of spoken language resources
  • Types of spoken discourse
  • Context of spoken discourse
  • Multimodality of spoken language communication
  • Speech and speech communication recording
  • Transcription standards
  • Types of corpus annotation
  • Speech and speech communication analysis tools

The conference is a part of the activities of the research project Basic Research for the Development of Spoken Language Resources and Speech Technologies for the Slovenian LanguageMEZZANINE.


Book of Abstracts

The Book of Abstracts of the 6th International Scientific Conference Slavic Scientific Reflections brings together abstracts from renowned national and international researchers in the fields of speech and spoken discourse from the humanities, social sciences and language technologies. The collected abstracts
provide an overview of the current state of the art and perspectives on the use of spoken resources, present and discuss topics related to different types of spoken discourse (e.g. political, dialect, theatrical), the context of spoken discourse (e.g.
sociolinguistics, linguistics of variation), the meaning and role of multimedia in spoken communication (e.g. sociolinguistics, linguistics of variation), the role of multimedia in spoken discourse (e.g. literary reading and in political discourse). Topics related to speech and speech communication recording, transcription standards and types of corpus annotation will also be presented, as well as, from a linguistic-technological point of view, topics on speech and speech communication analysis tools. The collected abstracts are connected by the finding that understanding the laws of spoken language significantly complements linguistic knowledge in general.

Scientific monograph

One of the conference results will be a scientific monograph,
which is expected to be published by the end of 2023.

Contributions for the monograph are to be submitted by June 23rd 2023 31st August 2023
to the e-mail address: mira.krajnc@um.si.

When preparing your contribution, please make sure to follow the template available here.

Important dates

28th March 2023 Submission deadline for the paper title and the abstract
14st April 2023 Notification of acceptance
26th April 2023 The registration fee payment deadline for participants with paper
10th May 2023 The registration fee payment deadline for participants without paper

18th, 19th May 2023 The conference
31st August 2023 Submission deadline for the paper for the monograph

Registration

Registration can be done via email to mira.krajnc@um.si.

Please provide the following information:

  • the title of your contribution in one of the Slavic languages and in English,
  • your name and surname,
  • title and address of your institution,
  • your e-mail address.

If there are several authors, please provide the same information for all co-authors as well. Along with the registration the paper the abstract needs to be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail. It should be up to 500 words long and written in one of the Slavic languages, as well as in English.

Please use the abstract draft available here.

Conference participants without paper are asked to fill in the application form by 8th May, 2023.

Registration fee

The registration fee is 100 EUR, and includes the costs of editing and publishing the book of abstracts and the scientific monograph, as well as lunches on site. If the paper is co-authored, only one of the authors pays the registration fee, the other author(s) pay the conference lunches only.

Head of the conference:

Associate Prof. Dr. Mira Krajnc Ivič
University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts, Department for Slavic Languages and Literature

Organising committee

Izr. prof. dr. Mira Krajnc Ivič, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts, Department for Slavic Languages and Literature
Izr. prof. dr. Darinka Verdonik, University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications
Izr. prof. dr. Melita Zemljak Jontes, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts, Department for Slavic Languages and Literature
Izr. prof. dr. Natalija Ulčnik, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts, Department for Slavic Languages and Literature
Izr. prof. dr. Gjoko Nikolovski, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts, Department for Slavic Languages and Literature

International Programme committee

Marko Alerić, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Arts
Blanka Bošnjak, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts
Tamara Gazdić-Alerić, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Teacher Education
Marlena Gruda, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Institute of Slavonic Studies
Boris Kern, ZRC SAZU, Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language
Mihaela Koletnik, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts
Mira Krajnc Ivič, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts
Iva Nazalević Čučević, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Arts
Nikola Ljubešić, Jožef Stefan Institute
Marko Liker, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Arts
Gjoko Nikolovski, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts
Davor Nikolić, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Arts
Dejan Sredojević, University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Arts
Natalija Ulčnik, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts
Darinka Verdonik, University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Branislava Vičar, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts
Melita Zemljak Jontes, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts
Andreja Žele, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts