Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Phonetics and Phonology Laboratory (LPP) in Paris is associated with Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle University and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research), France. The LPP is a Mixed Research Unit (UMR 7018) specialized in teaching and research in experimental phonetics and in phonology.

It has more than forty members and five themes of current research: 1. Spontaneous speech and production variants: phonetic studies and links with the lexical and phonological representations 2. Clinical phonetics: physiology, larynx, pathological speech and singing 3. Prosodic Interfaces: phonetics / phonology / syntax and informational structures 4. Modeling of phonological systems and modeling of their phonetic expression 5. Improved tools for research and teaching. Concerning Clinical Phonetics, the LPP is currently a multi-disciplinary research team, which includes medical doctors and speech therapists, along with phoneticians and phonologists. LPP has recently assembled a research platform for investigating the behavior of each speech organ involved in speech production.

The PEP2 platform is elaborated by a joint effort between engineers, phoneticians and clinicians. It provides tools to investigate various phenomena of coordination and compensation across speech organs that are observed in the production of speech by normal or pathological speakers, foreign language learners, and singers. Non-invasive instrumentation techniques are located at LPP to be open to a broader public of researchers. Mildly invasive techniques are applied at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital (otolaryngology department) for diagnostic purposes and for research by the members of LPP. This is why the expertise of LPP in the use of sensors to study speech production, is also applicable for the song and its learning.