Workshop on Phonetic Learner Corpora

Satellite workshop of ICPhS at 12 August 2015 in Glasgow

Most of the data used to explore and explain phonetic variation in the speech of foreign language learners was recorded on a small-scale in experimental research. Likewise language learner corpora are usually based on written rather than on spoken data whereas phonetically annotated corpora of various speech styles do not explicitly consider language learners as speakers. However, we notice a growing number of research using large-scale collections of phonetic learner data as well as the development and investigation of full-fledged phonetic learner corpora.

The aim of this half-day workshop is to bring together researchers working with large-scale data sets of speech in a background of foreign and second language learning. The target audience comprises colleagues setting up learner corpora, experts in phonetic corpora, researchers with phonetic and phonological experiments in L2 acquisition, and those with an interest in phonetic aspects of L2 teaching and non-native speech in general.

Invited Speakers

Invited speakers are Anke Lüdeling (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany), as well as Sylvain Detey (Waseda University, Japan) and Isabelle Racine (Geneva University, Switzerland).


(Programme updated at 27-July-2015)

Location of the workshop is the room Boisdale 2 in SECC Glasgow, the ICPhS Congress site.

You can download the Book of Extended Abstracts as a single pdf document.

13.45 - 14.00


Invited talk
14.10 - 14.50
Sylvain Detey, Isabelle Racine
The Interphonology of Contemporary French (IPFC): An international corpus-based L2 phonology research programme

Regular talk
14.50 - 15.10
Jacques Koreman, Olaf Husby, Keivan Hedayatfar & Øyvind Bech
Learning from L2 learners to improve pronunciation training

Poster session 1
15.10 - 15.15
Flash demonstrations of posters of session 1

15.15 - 16.00
Coffee/tea break with poster session 1

Helene N. Andreassen, Nadine Herry-Bénit, Takeki Kamiyama & Véronique Lacoste
The ICE-IPAC project: Testing the protocol on Norwegian and French learners of English

Nicolas Ballier
Determining learner pronunciation models with the K-NN algorithm

Mario Carranza
The influence of intelligibility, comprehensibility and degree of foreign accent in evaluating and categorizing non-native pronunciation errors

Christoph Draxler
BAS resources for phonetic learner corpora

Frank Zimmerer, Jürgen Trouvain & Anne Bonneau
One corpus, one research question, three methods - German vowels produced by French speakers

Invited talk
16.00 - 16.40
Anke Lüdeling, Simon Sauer, Malte Belz & Christine Mooshammer
Error annotation in spoken learner corpora

Regular talks
16.40 - 17.00
Rosemary Orr, David van Leeuwen, Jacky Zoë de Rode, Georg Lohfink & Hugo Quené
L1 phonetic drift in Dutch L2 speakers of English

17.00 - 17.20
Calbert Graham, Andrew Caines & Paula Buttery
Phonetic and prosodic features in automated spoken language assessment

Poster session 2
17.20 - 17.25
Flash demonstrations of posters of session 2

17.25 - 18.10
Refreshment break with poster session 2

Taekehiko Makino
English read by Japanese phonetic corpus

Einar Meister & Lya Meister
Development and use of the Estonian L2 corpus

Adrien Méli
Adressing phonemic acquisition: A normalization-dependent procedure?

Riikka Ullakonoja, Hannele Dufva, Mikko Kuronen, Maria Kautonen & Elina Tergujeff
Using language testing corpora to investigate L2 pronunciation

Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie, Fabián Santiago & Hi-Yon Yoo
The extended COREIL corpus: first outcomes and methodological issues

Regular talks
18.10 - 18.30
Mária Gósy, Dorottya Gyarmathy & András Beke
The development of a Hungarian-English learner speech database and a related analysis of filled pauses

18.30 - 18.50
Malte Belz, Simon Sauer, Anke Lüdeling & Christine Mooshammer
Repair behaviour of advanced German learners in the Berlin Map Task Corpus

18.50 - 19.00


Colleagues who are not first authors of a presentation can register for the workshop by sending us an e-mail with your family name, first name/s and your affiliation. There will be a small workshop fee of 10 Euros to be paid in cash during the workshop.

Important Dates

  • 15 May 2015 submission deadline of a two-page abstract (please use the ICPhS paper template)
  • 31 May 2015 extended submission deadline of a two-page abstract
  • 5 June 2015 notification of acceptance
  • 15 July 2015 late registration deadline
  • 12 Aug 2015 workshop


  • Jürgen Trouvain (Saarland University, Saarbrücken)
  • Frank Zimmerer (Saarland University, Saarbrücken)
  • Mária Gósy (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)
  • Anne Bonneau (LORIA, Nancy)

The workshop is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Agence Nationale de Recherche (ANR) through the project IFCASL.