Keynote speakers


Liesbeth Degand

Liesbeth Degand is a professor of General and Dutch linguistics at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain, Belgium). She holds her PhD from the same university (1997). She lead and participated in several international and national research projects in the area of spoken and written discourse structure, grammaticalization and intersubjectification, discourse annotation, fluency and disfluency markers. She was the chair of the European COST network TextLink (2014-2018), aiming at bringing together functional-cognitive and computational work on the annotation of discourse relational devices in more than 20 different languages. She is currently involved as a working group leader in the European ITN project « Communicating Brains » on prediction and alignment in interactive discourse and in a national project on insubordination, coordination and subordination. Her publications reflect her research interests directed towards discourse annotation, spoken discourse segmentation, the semantics and pragmatics of discourse markers, and contrastive (corpus) linguistics, with a focus on the interface between discourse and grammar.

Vered Silber Varod

Vered Silber-Varod is the director of the Open Media and Information Lab (OMILab) at the Open University of Israel. She is an expert is speech prosody and studied various aspect in the field for over 15 years. Her disfluency research is rooted in her PhD dissertation which was focused on prosodic junctures in spontaneous Hebrew and their syntactic interface. As a linguist, her studies are concerned with the phonological, phonetic, and socio-linguistic aspects of filled pauses, prolongations, and silent pauses. Her recent (dis)fluency related work includes studies of the acoustic-prosodic aspect of dialogues.

Special Day

Bridget Walsh

Dr. Bridget Walsh is a licensed speech-language pathologist and Assistant Professor at Michigan State University who researches the behavioral and physiological bases of childhood stuttering. With support from the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health, she is conducting a longitudinal study that examines the development of stuttering in preschool children. In her research, Dr. Walsh uses a comprehensive, multilevel approach to map the development of neurological, behavioral, and experiential factors to learn how these factors unfold over time and contribute to different stuttering outcomes in individual children—persistence or recovery.