speech, prosody
and articulatory
kinematics lab

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SPArK is going to ICPhS 2023!

SPArK is going to ICPhS 2023 in Prague this August! We will talk about:  A hierarchy of prominence: The production ...

SPArK went to HISPhonCog 2023!

SPArK went to HISPhonCog 2023 in Seoul in May, where we presented our work on Edgy articulation: the kinematic profile of Ac...
Jorge Rosés Labrada @ the Phonetics Circle!

Jorge Rosés Labrada @ the Phonetics Circle!

Thank you Jorge Rosés Labrada (University of Alberta) for sharing your work on “Glottalized Resonants in Kwak'wala (...
Nina Topintzi @ the Phonetics Circle!

Nina Topintzi @ the Phonetics Circle!

Thank you Nina Topintzi (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) for presenting your work “On the representati...

Congratulations to our UCSB SPArK graduates!

Congratulations to Caroline Crouch and Karen Tsai for successfully completing their Ph.D.! Caroline’s thesis is on Postca...
At SPArK, we study Speech, Prosody, and Articulatory Kinematics, with the aspiration to decipher the connection of the speech production system with the phonological component of grammar, and ultimately to offer a window onto human cognition and interaction. Our research focus in a nutshell: Coordination and timing in speech and communication; the relationship between grammar and speech planning; the role of prosodic structure is discourse, inter-speaker interaction and linguistic embodiment; the relationship of prosodic structure with morphological, syntactic and information structures; the relationship between lexical and phrasal levels of speech; prosodic and rhythmic typology; speech errors.
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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.

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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.