Ph2 Presents: Rania Habib

As part of the Ph2 Presents Speaker Series, Professor Habib from Syracuse University will be presenting "Children’s deviation in the acquisition of variable linguistic gender patterns" on March 16th at 4:30 p.m. in Morrill 106, followed by a reception. She will also present "Effect of TV and internal vs. external contact on variation in Syrian rural child language" on March 17th at 12:20 p.m. in Morrill B11; lunch will be provided.

Cornell PLab presentations at LSA 2017

The following PLab members presented at the Linguistics Society of America (LSA) 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, January 5-8:

Naomi Enzinna: "How speakers select synthetic and analytic forms of English comparatives: an experimental study"
Robin Karlin: "Effects of anticipatory dissimilation on the F0 and alignment of Thai contour tones"

Welcome to LabPhon15!

A warm, summery welcome to everyone joining us for LabPhon15 this week! For more information, including registration details, campus maps, and the conference schedule, please be sure to visit

PLab goes to Boston

PLab members will be busy next week in Boston at Speech Prosody 2016:

At the conference:

Hao Yi: Phrasal Stress in Beijing Mandarin: an investigation using focus.
Jixing Li: Early prosodic manifestation of disfluency.
Sam Tilsen: A shared control parameter for F0 and intensity.

At the Common Prosody Platform (CPP) Satellite meeting:

Hao Yi and Sam Tilsen: Modeling interaction between intonation and lexical tone: an Articulatory Phonology perspective.
Sam Tilsen: Modeling pitch gesture imitation: only targets and relative timing are controlled.

Congratulations to JIXING! for receiving an IPA travel grant to SpeechProsody!

PLab cleanup and bowling party gets trashy

The PLab is clean. The PLab members, not so much.

Scoring irregularities call into question Karl's defeat of Sam in round 2.

Naomi Enzinna presenting at Miami FLing 2016

Naomi Enzinna will be presenting her paper "Spanish-influenced prosody in Miami English" at Miami FLing 2016: Linguistics Matters Festival at Florida International University, March 10-11, 2016.

Cornell PLab presentations at LSA 2016

The following PLab members will be presenting at the Linguistics Society of America (LSA) 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., January 7-10, 2016:

Jixing Li & Sam Tilsen: "Phonetic Evidence for Two Types of Disfluency"
Naomi Enzinna: "Spanish-influenced rhythm in Miami English"

2015 Upgrades to the Phonetics Lab Sound Booth

During 2015 we significantly upgraded the Phonetics Lab Sound Booth audio hardware and software. We enhanced our existing experimental software suite with a license for Neurobehavioral System's Presentation® software for neuroscience stimulus delivery and experimental control. And we improved our sound booth audio monitoring and stimulus by integrating a PreSonus V2 audio monitor with a new broadcast-quality Shure BRH44 headset and new studio-quality Yamaha HS8 stereo loudspeakers.

Phonetics Lab Fall Hike Avoids Fate of the Donner Party

Fueled by ancient grain granola, apple cider, and roasted cookies, the intrepid pioneers of the Cornell Phonetics Lab braved the elements for the annual Lab hike on Sunday.
Here are some key hike stats:

[interesting [rock piles]] seen: 2
[[interesting rock] piles] seen: 0
bobcats sighted: 0
Jixings sighted: 0
rock piles constructed: 1
rock piles destructed: 2

Cornell PLab presentations at NWAV 44

The following PLab members will be presenting at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 44 in Toronto, October 22-25, 2015:

Abby Cohn (with Maya Ravindranath & Thomas Pepinsky): "Modeling social factors in language shift"
Naomi Enzinna: "The influence of Spanish on Miami English rhythm"
Ferdinan Kurniawan: "Intergenerational language transmission in Jakarta Indonesian: Evidence from the pseudo passive in adults and children naturalistic corpora"