The Meeting Room

On the Meeting Room pages you will find ways to contact other people in the field of Speech and Hearing.


E-mail lists

To contact people using these lists, you first need to subscribe. This requires you to have an e-mail address. Some e-mail lists have their discussions archived to make them available on the web. See the specific entries

Topica PHONETICS Discussion List. PHONETICS is an internationally-oriented list for anybody learning, teaching or just interested in phonetics. Phonetics students are especially encouraged to join, to extend their involvement in phonetics beyond the classroom. Teachers can use the list to discuss things like favorite textbooks, effective ways to explain 'formants' to students, or good Web sites and phonetics software, like Praat and SFS.

The Auditory List. The Auditory list covers all aspects of hearing and psychoacoustics. Old postings are available in an archive.

The foNETiks mailing list. Join the mailing list for 'foNETiks', a monthly electronic newsletter containing news about meetings, new positions, and a range of other areas of interest to those studying and working in the areas of phonetics, phonology, and speech science.

The Linguist List. Join the mailing list for a large group of people interested in language and linguistics. [Also available on the web at Google groups forum: list.linguist]

PhoNet - U.K. Academic Phonetics Network. A list for the discussion of Phonetics and Phonetics teaching. Set up by academics in the U.K. but open to all. Tends to be naturally oriented to English phonetics.

ISCA Special Interest Groups. The International Speech Communication Association has a number of special interest groups which have mailing lists for members. List membership is usually open to anyone with an interest in the activities of the groups. Groups include: Speech Synthesis, Audio Visual Speech, Speech And Language Technology for Minority Languages, Integration of Speech Technology in (Language) Learning, Speaker and Language Characterization, Education in the field of speech communication, Speech Prosody, and the Groupe Francophone de la Communication Parlée.

Finally the Linguist list itself maintains a list of mailing lists that include more general areas in linguistics and in particular languages.

Discussion Groups

To access news groups directly, you need to have access to a newsgroup server. Not all internet service providers give access to news groups. In this case you may prefer to use the web interface at Google groups, or follow the particular links below.

comp.speech.research. Discussion forum for all aspects of speech signal processing, speech synthesis, speech and speaker recognition. Be sure to investigate the excellent comp.speech frequently asked questions.

comp.speech.users. Discussion forum for users of speech recognition and synthesis products.

comp.dsp. Discussion forum for all aspects of digital signal processing and speech signal coding. Discussions tend to be fairly mathematical. Also available: comp.dsp frequently asked questions. Discussion forum for all aspects of computational linguistics and natural language processing systems. Also available: frequently asked questions.

sci.lang. Discussion forum for all aspects of language and languages. Also available, a number of sci.lang frequently asked questions lists.

alt.english.usage. Discussion forum for the usage of the English language. Naturally attracts prescriptivists and pedants as well as normal users of English.

alt.sci.physics.acoustics. Discussion forum for the physics of sound and the study of acoustics. Also available: alt.sci.physics.acoustics frequently asked questions.

Professional Associations

International Speech Communication Assocation. The main goal of ISCA (formerly the European Speech Communication Association) is "to promote Speech Communication Science and Technology, both in the industrial and Academic areas", covering all the aspects of Speech Communication (Acoustics, Phonetics, Phonology, Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition, etc.).

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 97,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. The mission of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is to promote the interests of and provide the highest quality services for professionals in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing science, and to advocate for people with communication disabilities.

International Phonetic Association. The IPA is the major as well as the oldest representative organisation for phoneticians. It was established in 1886 in Paris. The aim of the Association is to promote the scientific study of phonetics and the various practical applications of that science. In furtherance of this aim, the Association provides the academic community world-wide with a notational standard for the phonetic representation of all languages - the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Acoustical Society of America. The premier international scientific society in acoustics, dedicated to increasing and diffusing the knowledge of acoustics and its practical applications.

The International Society of Phonetic Sciences. ISPhS is an international society for professional phoneticians. Its members also work in related fields like linguistics, phonology, physics, the speech sciences. The society was founded in 1938 to foster and develop the discipline of Phonetic Science in all parts of the world.

European Network in Language and Speech. ELSNET's objective is to bring two pairs of communities together: on the one hand the NLP and Speech community, and on the other the academia and industry. It is ELSNET's task to build a platform which ensures that all four parties have the opportunity for fruitful collaboration.


John Wells's Phonetics Blog. A fascinating tour through topics in phonetics and pronunciation.

Natural Language Log. Topically-driven items about language and linguistics.


Do you know of other lists, groups or associations? Send us a message.

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Last modified: 21:14 06-Jun-2010.