Journal Information
Speech Communication (Speech Com)
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Speech Communication is an interdisciplinary journal whose primary objective is to fulfil the need for the rapid dissemination and thorough discussion of basic and applied research results. In order to establish frameworks to inter-relate results from the various areas of the field, emphasis will be placed on viewpoints and topics of a transdisciplinary nature. The editorial policy and the technical content of the Journal are the responsibility of the Editors and the Institutional Representatives. The Institutional Representatives assist the Editors in the definition and the control of editorial policy as well as in maintaining connections with scientific associations, international congresses and regional events. The Editorial Board contributes towards the gathering of material for publication and assists the Editors in the editorial process.

Editorial Policy:
The journal's primary objectives are:
• to present a forum for the advancement of human and human-machine speech communication science;
• to stimulate cross-fertilization between different fields of this domain;
• to contribute towards the rapid and wide diffusion of scientifically sound contributions in this domain.

Subject Coverage:
Subject areas covered in this journal include:
• Basics of oral communication and dialogue: modelling of production and perception processes; phonetics and phonology; syntax; semantics and pragmatics of speech communication; cognitive aspects.
• Models and tools for language learning: functional organisation and developmental models of human language capabilities; acquisition and rehabilitation of spoken language; speech & hearing defects and aids.
• Speech signal processing: analysis, coding, transmission, enhancement, robustness to noise.
• Models for automatic speech communication: speech recognition; language identification; speaker recognition; speech synthesis; oral dialogue.
• Development and evaluation tools: monolingual and multilingual databases; assessment methodologies; specialised hardware and software packages; field experiments; market development.
• Multimodal human computer interface: using speech I/O in combination with other modalities, e.g., gesture and handwriting.
• Forensic speech science: forensic voice comparison; forensic analysis of disputed utterances; speaker identification by earwitnesses.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2019-11-24
Special Issues
Special Issue on Pluricentric Languages in Speech Science and Technology
Submission Date: 2020-11-30

Pluricentric languages (PLCLs) are a common type among the languages of the world. Presently 43 languages have been identified as belonging to this category. Languages like English, Spanish, Portuguese, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu etc. fall into this category. A language is identified as pluricentric if it is being used in at least two nations where it also has an official function and if it forms national varieties of their own with specific linguistic and pragmatic features. In addition to the variation on the level of national standard varieties, there is also so called “second level variation” on a regional and local level that is often used in diglossic speech situations where code switching is a salient feature with two or more varieties being used within the same utterance. The amount of linguistic variation in pluricentric languages is considerable and poses a challenge for speech recognition in particular and human language technology in general. The topic of pluricentric languages overlaps in some aspects with the topic of low-resourced languages. In contrast to “low-resourced” languages, pluricentric languages may already have plenty of resources (e.g., English, French, German), but variant sensitive or variant-independent technology is likely to be absent. In contrast to activities in the field of dialect recognition, the “non-dominant” varieties of pluricentric languages are the standard language in the respective countries and thus are also printed and spoken in media, parliaments and juridical texts. The motivation for this special issue is the observation that pluricentric languages have so far mainly been described linguistically but not sufficiently been dealt with in the field of speech technology. This is particularly the case with the so-called “non-dominant varieties”. Given the current state of research in the field, we are especially interested in contributions which: Investigate methods for creating speech and language resources, with a special focus on “non-dominant varieties” (e.g., Scots, Saami, Karelian Finnish, Tadczik, Frisian, as well as diverse American and African languages: Aymara, Bamabara, Fulfulde, Tuareg, etc.). Develop speech technologies such as speech recognition, text-to-speech and speech-to-speech for the national varieties of pluricentric languages; on the level of standard varieties and on the level of so-called “informal speech”. Investigate novel statistical methods for speech and language technology needed to deal with small data sets. Study the (automatic) processing of speech for code-switched speech in national varieties of pluricentric languages. Investigate methods on how to use speech technology to aid sociolinguistic studies. Present empirical perception and production studies on the phonetics and phonology of national varieties of pluricentric languages. Present empirical perception and production studies on learning a pluricentric language as a second language and on developing computer aided language learning (CALL) tools for pluricentric languages. Study effects on speech technology on language change for pluricentric languages (e.g., compare developments of non-dominant varieties in comparison of dominant varieties for which speech and language technologies are available). This special issue is inspired by the Sattelite Workshop of Interspeech “Pluricentric Languages in Speech Technology” held in Graz on September 14, 2019 ( The special issue invites contributions from participants of the workshop as well as from others working in related areas. Papers of interdisciplinary nature are especially welcome! Manuscript submission to this Virtual Special Issue is possible between December 1, 2019 and November 30, 2020.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2020-01-04
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