Forms, Factors and Functions of Phonetic Convergence

  in Special Issue   Posted on March 6, 2020

Information for the Special Issue

Submission Deadline: Mon 30 Mar 2020
Journal Impact Factor : 1.417
Journal Name : Speech Communication
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Special Issue Call for Papers:

Speech communication is a dynamic and multi-dimensional process, highly shaped by the characteristics of conversational partners, (e.g. age, dialect, social status), communication settings (e.g. formal vs informal), channels (e.g. face to face, telephone) and background conditions (e.g. noisy, quiet). The efficiency and effectiveness of such a complex process is greatly enhanced if the conversational partners converge in perception and production to one another’s verbal and nonverbal behaviour. Despite the fact that convergence is a key ingredient for successful interpersonal interactions, and it has been widely studied in the past, the nature of phonetic convergence, the multifaceted forms it can take on and which functions it serves are far from being understood. With this special issue, we will take a multidisciplinary perspective on forms, factors and functions of phonetic convergence in human-human and human-machine interactions. Speech communication will be viewed comprehensively, including paralinguistic components of speech like laughter or gestures.

We are especially interested in contributions which tackle:

1) mechanisms and social functions leading to accommodation in speech perception and production;

2) the influence exerted by sources of between speaker variability (e.g. age, gender, cultural and language background, dominance in conversation) and of speech extrinsic variability (i.e. channel variability, background conditions) on the degree and direction of phonetic convergence; 

3) forms which convergence can take on speech acoustics, articulatory kinematics, perceptual assessments;

4) effect of audio-visual information on acoustic, articulatory and perceived convergence;

5) challenges phonetic convergence creates for speech applications;

6) methodological issues for measuring and analysing phonetic convergence.

This special issue was inspired by the “Workshop on Accommodation in Speech Communication” held in Zurich, Switzerland, in December 2018 (​ C)​ . However, this is an open call for papers, inviting everybody working in pertinent areas of research to submit their work.

Review Process

Manuscripts will be submitted through the Special Issue portal and will undergo peer review by a minimum of two independent reviewers. Once a manuscript is accepted, it will go into production, and it will be simultaneously published in the current regular issue and pulled into the online Special Issue. Articles from a Special Issue will appear in different regular issues of the journal, though they will be clearly marked and branded as Special Issue articles.


1) Date for opening the system for Special Issue: as soon as possible (latest: 31. December 2019)

2) Deadline for submission of full paper: 31​ March 2020

3) 1st round reviews: 30​ June 2020

4) Submission of 1st revised version: 30​ September 2020

5) 2nd round review: 31​ October 2020

6) Submission of 2nd revised version: 30​ November 2020

7) Final decision: 31​ December 2020

8) Date for closing the system for Special Issue: 31​ January 2021

Guest Editors

Dr. Volker (V.) Dellwo, Universität Zürich

Dr. Elisa (E.) Pellegrino, Universität Zürich

Prof. Dr. Jennifer (J.) Pardo, Montclair State University

Dr. Bernd (B.) Möbius, Universität des Saarlandes


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