ISCA award for Janet Pierrehumbert

The International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) has awarded Trinity Professorial Fellow Janet Pierrehumbert its 2020 Medal for Scientific Achievement.

Established in 1989, the ISCA Medal recognizes and honours an individual each year who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of speech communication science and technology, and recognises the significant contributions Professor Pierrehumbert has made to the field of speech communication, and in particular to phonology.

Professor Pierrehumbert says: ‘I’m really moved to be chosen for this honour, because it places me in the company of some of the scientists I most admire. The first recipient, Gunnar Fant, was the legendary head of the speech research laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, where I had a very formative sabbatical in the 1980s. Some years later, the medal went to Ilse Lehiste, who did foundational work on prosody and intonation, which is the topic of my Ph.D dissertation.

‘The International Speech Communication Association has a splendid record in fostering international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the study of language. I really hope that it will be possible for the community to come together as planned for the October Interspeech meeting in Shanghai!’

Professor Pierrehumbert is Professor of Language Modelling at the Oxford e-Research Centre, in the Department of Engineering Science. She has undertaken pioneering research on the structure and dynamics of human languages. She developed a model of intonation patterns in speech that has been widely influential in speech technology, psycholinguistics, and theoretical linguistics. Her current research explores the interaction of social and cognitive factors in shaping lexical systems in individuals and in communities.

Posted: 27 April 2020

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