IPA News

20 Feb 2024

John Kelly, phonetician, phonologist and Africanist, died in Leeds on 30 December 2023 at the age of 87. He was born in Davyhulme, a small town on the outskirts of Manchester on 23 August 1936.

John read French and German as an undergraduate at the University of Manchester and in 1961 began postgraduate study at Edinburgh in the Department of Phonetics under David Abercrombie. He was an assistant
lecturer in phonetics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 1961 to 1964, and a lecturer in phonetics at the University of lbadan, Nigeria, from 1964 to 1965. He then became a lecturer in phonetics and linguistics at SOAS moving to the Department of Language, as it then was, at the University of York in 1972 to teach Swahili and Phonetics. He retired as Reader in Phonetics and Linguistics in 1998.

John was an astonishingly acute auditory and impressionistic phonetician as anyone who observed him working with language consultants will testify. He was also an innovative and creative phonologist working in the framework of Firthian Prosodic Analysis. He published on a variety of African languages including Swahili, Fang, Xhosa and Urhobo as well as North Welsh and English dialects. He was the driving force behind the series of York Colloquia in Prosodic Analysis and the creation of the Firthian Prosodic Archive at York. He had a longstanding interest in the History of Phonetics and in his retirement he was working on a study of the early phonetician Alexander Ellis.

A gentle, wise and caring man. He is greatly missed.

Obituary by John Local

11 Feb 2024

The IPA is co-sponsoring Speech Prosody 2024, to be held in Leiden, the Netherlands, 02–05 July 2024. IPA is offering up to six Awards covering the student early-bird registration fees. Applicants for these Awards must be:

  • sole author or first and presenting author of an oral or poster presentation accepted by SP2024, and
  • an eligible student member of the IPA: student member, unemployed member, member under age 35, or member from a low-income-level country.

Applications for IPA membership can be lodged via our website here. A full list of member benefits can be found on this page. To apply for an Award, eligible members of the IPA should log in to the website with their membership details and fill in the application form here. Students should upload their paper and notification of acceptance. The deadline for applications is Μarch 22, 2024. The registration fees will be reimbursed after the completion of the event and upon receipt of confirmation of participation at the conference. This will include photographs that can be posted on the IPA social media.

22 Jun 2023

Nine new Group 3 members of the Permanent Council for the Organization of ICPhS were elected for the period 2023-2031 by members of the Permanent Council. The 9 elected members are:

  • Prof. Adrian Simpson (Jena University, Germany)
  • Prof. Doris Mücke (University of Cologne, Germany)
  • Prof. Ghada Khattab (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Prof. James Kirby (Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany)
  • Prof. John Kingston (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA)
  • Prof. Jonathan Harrington (Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany)
  • Prof. Sonia Frota (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Prof. Taehong Cho (Hanyang University, Soul, South Korea)
  • Prof. Thaïs Cristófaro Silva (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)

Their term will begin at the 20th ICPhS meeting in August in Prague. Congratulations to the new members.

2 May 2023

The IPA announces 41 student members receiving IPA Student Awards and 28 IPA members (student members, unemployed members, members under age 35, members from countries where funding resources are limited) receiving Travel Bursaries and Gösta Bruce Scholarships for participation in ICPhS 2023.

A total of 140 applications were received, 74 for IPA Student Awards and 66 for Travel Bursaries/Gösta Bruce Scholarships. Following paper evaluation, 41 papers were selected for the IPA Student Awards and 28 for the Travel Bursaries/Gösta Bruce Scholarships. The six highest scoring papers from the latter category were selected for the Gösta Bruce Scholarships: three papers on prosody and three on other areas of phonetics as per the terms of the Gösta Bruce Memorial Fund.

The 6 awardees for the Gösta Bruce Scholarships are: Francesco Burroni, Johanna Cronenberg, Claire Honda, Peng Li, Janne Lorenzen, Miriam Oschkinat. Congratulations!

The 22 awardees for the Travel Bursaries are: Terumichi Ariga, Nicoline Butler, Xuanda Chen, Drew Crosby, Angelo Dian, Alessa Farinella, Max Freeman, Sarah Harper, Claire Honda, Katie Jonard, Tori Keeping, Matthew Kelley, Hyoju Kim, Kirsten Meemann, Dušan Nikolić, Jasmin Devi Nuscheler, Alexandra Pfiffner, Xiaomu Ren, Francesco Rodriquez, Simon Roessig, Tuende Szalay, Liang Zhao. Congratulations!

The 41 awardees for the IPA Student Awards are: Nicholas Aoki, Marc Barnard, Philipp Buech, Jessica Campbell, Changhe Chen, Jessica L. L. Chin, Megan Dailey, Bianca Maria De Paolis, Fengting Du, Sean Foley, Hadley Forst, Kei Furukawa, Amber Galvano, Zhe-chen Guo, Sungwok Hwang, Lucy Jackson, Nelleke Jansen, Ye-Jee Jung, Benjamin Lang, Jiyoung Lee, Hongmei Li, Aini Li, Yanyu Li, Sishi Liao, Youran Lin, Massimo Lipari, Suyuan Liu, Yevgeniy Melguy, Marine Mouquet, Thomas Packer-Stucki, Lena Pagel, Kyle Parrish, Maida Percival, Lavinia Price, Claudia Raines, Jae-Eun Shin, Malin Spaniol, Abhilasha Thakuria, Xinyi Wen, Heather Weston, Xiaotong Xi. Congratulations!

IPA Student awards cover the early-bird student registration fee and accommodation expenses. For ICPhS 2023, they are for an amount of up to 600 GBP. Travel Bursaries and Gösta Bruce Scholarships subsidize students’ travel costs. This year awards are for up to 500, 400, or 200 GBP, depending on travel distance. The Gösta Bruce Scholarships are partially funded by the Gösta Bruce Memorial Fund, which honors the previous IPA president.

In total, 69 awards are offered by the Association for ICPhS 2023 for a total budget of 34000 GBP (24600 for Student Awards and 9400 for Travel Bursaries/ Gösta Bruce Scholarships).

Committee on Conference Sponsorships and Student Awards: Patrice Beddor, John Esling, Jonathan Harrington, Katerina Nicolaidis (chair), Masaki Taniguchi.

15 Oct 2022

The International Phonetic Association is offering IPA Student Awards, Travel Bursaries and Gösta Bruce Scholarships for ICPhS 2023. The Gösta Bruce Scholarships are supported by donations to the Gösta Bruce Memorial Fund, which honors the previous IPA president. Details on eligibility, financial benefits and evaluation criteria are available below.

The application period is from April 1st to April 10th 2023. Awards will be announced by May 2nd, giving awardees time to register for the ICPhS in advance of the 5th May unique early-bird registration deadline (see https://www.icphs2023.org/ for details).

To apply for an Award, eligible members of the IPA should log in to the website with their membership details and fill in the application form here. Candidates should upload their paper, notification of acceptance and reviews. Awards will be made available to successful applicants in advance of the ICPhS on receipt of the relevant supporting documentation (further details of which will be provided to awardees).

Please note that if you are joining as a new member, it may take up to 2-3 days for your membership to be activated. Students should allow an additional 2-3 days for their student status to be approved.

The application is now closed.

Further details of the IPA's ICPhS support schemes

Objective

To support student and other eligible members as described below to present their research at ICPhS.

Types of Awards and Financial benefits

  1. Student Award: up to 40 awards for an amount of up to GBP600 towards costs of early-bird student member conference registration fee and accommodation.
  2. Travel Bursary and Gösta Bruce Scholarship - up to GBP600 towards travel costs to ICPhS. The IPA aims to support as many eligible members as possible within the budget allocated for Travel Bursaries and Gösta Bruce
    Scholarships.

Eligibility

IPA Student Awards and Gösta Bruce Scholarships are granted to student members of the Association who are first or sole author of a paper or poster.

Travel Bursaries are granted to Association members who are first or sole author of a
paper or poster from any of the following groups:
(i) student members,
(ii) unemployed members,
(iii) members under age 35,
(iv) members from countries where funding resources are limited.

Proof of student or other relevant status must be submitted with the application.

Eligible members can apply for either a Student Award or a Travel Bursary/Gösta Bruce Scholarship.

Applications

Information about the availability of, and mode of application for, these awards is provided by the IPA and the conference organizers.

Selection criteria

Papers of award applicants are reviewed by the IPA Committee on Conference Sponsorships and Student Awards. The highest scoring papers of student members from the Travel Bursary type of Awards will be selected for the Gösta Bruce Scholarships, with the stipulation that at least half of those scholarships will be awarded for research on prosody (and that first or sole authors of those papers are not previous Gösta Bruce Scholarship recipients). The remaining awards will be made based primarily on paper scores, but with additional attention to distribution to members from a variety of countries.

Committee on Conference Sponsorships and Student Awards: Patrice Beddor, John Esling, Jonathan Harrington, Katerina Nicolaidis (chair), Masaki Taniguchi.

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