Using the tools of (experimental) phonetics and (laboratory) phonology, our research seeks to observe and characterize speech articulation, the underlying dynamical systems that give rise to it, and the output speech signal. We do so by analyzing acoustic patterns of the speech signal, physical and physiological properties as well as kinematic patterns of the speech organs, and behavioral patterns of the speech perception system across a wide range of speaking modes and sociolinguistic settings and in connection with and with reference to their grammatical functions and communicative roles. Framing our work within the theory of Articulatory Phonology (Browman & Goldstein) and the computational implementation of this theory in the speech production system by the Task Dynamics model of sensorimotor control and coordination (TaDA) (Saltzman & Munhall), we view speech as a self-organizing and embodied system specified for public and social use.
This is a forum for students and faculty interested in any aspect of phonetics and phonology! We gather biweekly to talk about our research, to learn about new developments in our field, to prepare for research presentations and job interviews, and, most of all, to enjoy our community and some coffee together.