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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 306
Title: SBE Grand Challenge: Understanding the complexity and variability of spoken and signed languages
Lead Author: Warner, Natasha
Abstract: How do humans (learn to) manage the complexity and variability of speech in everyday language, or equally, the complexity and variability of sign in signed languages? Complexity pervades all aspects of the spoken and signed forms used in the worlds languages. Variability arises from the interplay of cognitive and physiological factors governing the production and perception of speech and sign, biological and cognitive factors governing human social behavior, and cultural factors governing linguistic communication. Complexity and variability demand an interdisciplinary approach to investigating spoken and signed utterances from a broad spectrum of individuals, communities, social functions and settings. We propose to advance the investigation of spoken and signed languages by (1) creating new interdisciplinary learning and training programs that bring talented students and scholars from all relevant disciplines together in sustained collaborative learning and research interactions, (2) creating new, large speech and sign databases that represent the full variety of styles, speakers/signers, dialects, and languages (3) advancing capabilities for intelligent datacapture (e.g., multichannel high speed AV and sensor networks), signal processing, and machine learning. This proposal builds on the successful approach of laboratory phonology, using research methods and tools from across the social and behavioral sciences, computer science and engineering.
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