Investigating segmental, prosodic and fluency features in spoken learner corpora

Call for papers – Special Issue on “Investigating segmental, prosodic and fluency features in spoken learner corpora”

Following an increasing awareness of phonetic learner corpora for phonetic and phonological research and for corpus linguistics, we invite paper submissions for a special issue of the “International Journal of Learner Corpus Research” entitled “Investigating segmental, prosodic and fluency features in spoken learner corpora”.

With this issue we would like to promote research on speech of language learners in large-scale data settings. We would like to invite linguists, phoneticians, speech technologists, second/foreign language researchers as well as scientists from all other fields who share an interest in spoken learner corpora, particularly those with non-scripted L2 speech.

Papers on all topics related to spoken learner corpora are welcome, especially those focusing on the following topics:

  •  (Re-)examinations of theories and models of L2 phonology acquisition
  •  Segmental and prosodic characteristics of non-native speech
  •  Experimental research with data from phonetic learner corpora
  •  Contrastive phonetic studies of L1 and L2 speech based on corpus data
  •  Assessment and annotation of L2 speech
  •  Integration of learner corpora in computer-assisted spoken language training

In accordance with the guidelines of the journal, the length of full papers, i.e. original research papers reporting on completed learner corpus-based research, should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words including references.

Important dates

  •  First call for papers: December 2015
  •  Deadline for submission: 15 April 2016
  •  First review completed: 30 June 2016
  •  Revised manuscripts due: 15 August 2016:
  •  Second review completed: 30 November 2016
  •  Final submission of accepted papers: 15 February 2017

Guest editors:

  •  Jürgen Trouvain (Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany)
  •  Frank Zimmerer (Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany)
  •  Bernd Möbius (Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany)
  •  Mária Gósy (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary)
  •  Anne Bonneau (CNRS/LORIA, Nancy, France)

Submission Guidelines:
The guide for authors can be found on the journal homepage:
<>. All manuscripts should be submitted through Benjamins’ Editorial Manager: <>.
When submitting their manuscript, authors should select ‘Special issue: Phonetic Learner
Corpora’ under ‘Select Section/Category’ in the submission menu.