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Computing the reliability of acoustic information in speech

Invited talk presented at the Dept. of Linguistics, Northwestern University, May 2013.

Abstract: Many researchers have observed that speech sounds vary considerably across different contexts, an issue known as the lack of invariance. Given this variability, how much information is conveyed by individual acoustic cues? That is, how reliably do specific cues distinguish phonological contrasts?.. Read more →

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Task effects on prosodic prominence

Buxó-Lugo, A., Toscano, J. C., & Watson, D. G. (2013, March). Paper presented at the 26th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing.


Most prosody research is conducted on spoken corpora or on speech samples collected from laboratory studies. However, laboratory studies often use referential communication tasks in which speakers talk to a computer and the communicative “stakes” are low... Read more →

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Using computer games to study language processing

One of the questions about language processing that we’re interested in is how people provide information by emphasizing different words. For example, someone might say “Give me the RED one”, and emphasize the word RED to contrast it with a different color. How does the talker indicate this in the way they pronounce the word RED? .. Read more →

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