Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Ageing and Speech Prosody

Brigitte Zellner Keller

Institute of Psychology, Gerontology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne. Switzerland

Ageing is part of the normal evolution of human beings. Demographic projections to 2030 indicate that more than 60 countries will have at least 2 million people age 65 or older. Yet knowlegde about speech in the elderly is still dispersed and incomplete, in particular in the area of normal ageing.

Prosody within a linguistic community is triggered by a number of parameters which are investigated (see this conference). Yet, little is currently known about the longitudinal evolution of this speech component.

This paper is a first state of the art about speech prosody and ageing, with the hope that more researchers in speech sciences will investigate this domain.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Zellner Keller, Brigitte (2006): "Ageing and speech prosody", In SP-2006, paper 001.