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"

Cornell Chronicle article features Speech Imaging Group Research

A recent study conducted by Cornell Phonetics Lab Director Sam Tilsen and Speech Imaging Group collaborators was featured in a Cornell Chronicle article

Cornell PLab guest lecture by Alan Yu

Alan Yu, a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Chicago, presented "Interspeaker variability and the perception-production link" in the Cornell Phonetics Lab on September 10, 2015.

Labphon15 Call for Papers

The LabPhon15 Call for Papers is now online!

LabPhon15: Speech Dynamics and Phonological Representation
July 13-16, 2016, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY USA

Phonological representations are dynamic, shaped by forces on diverse timescales. On the timescale of utterances, interactions between perceptual, motoric, and memory-related processes provide constraints on phonological representations. These same processes, embedded in learning systems and dynamic social networks, shape representations on developmental and life-span timescales, and in turn influence sound systems on historical timescales. Laboratory phonology, through its rich quantitative and experimental methodologies, contributes to our understanding of phonological systems by providing insight into the mechanisms from which representations emerge.

Congratulations to Chelsea Sanker!

Chelsea Sanker successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "Patterns of Misperception of Arabic Guttural and Non-guttural Consonants" and is headed to Rutgers University to teach for the upcoming year.

Cornell PLab presentations at ICPhS 2015

The following PLab members will be presenting at the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015) in Glasgow, UK, Aug 10th--14th:
Jixing Li (with Sam Tilsen), Phonetic evidence for two types of disfluency.
Abby Cohn and Sam Tilsen: Relation between syllable count judgments and durations of English liquid rimes.
Sam Tilsen: Structured nonstationarity in articulatory timing.

Cornell linguists to attend Linguistic Summer Institute 2015

Robin Karlin, Jixing Li, Yanyu Long, and Hao Yi will be attending the 2015 Linguistic Summer Institute, held at University of Chicago, from July 6-31, 2015

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