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The Cornell Phonetics Lab is a group of students and faculty who are curious about speech. We study patterns in speech — in both movement and sound. We do a variety research — experiments, fieldwork, and corpus studies. We test theories and build models of the mechanisms that create patterns. Learn more about our Research. See below for information on our events and our facilities.

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Upcoming Events


  • 6th October 2022 04:30 PM

    Linguistics Colloquium Speaker: Maher Bahloul

    The Department of Linguistics proudly presents  Dr. Maher Bahloul, a Visiting Scholar and Cornell Linguistics alumnus (Ph.D 1994). 

    Location: Morrill Hall, Room 106
  • 7th October 2022 12:20 PM

    Phonetics Lab Meeting

    We'll read a draft of Simon's ICPhS paper (to be distributed this weekend), and give feedback.

    Location: B11, Morrill Hall
  • 12th October 2022 12:20 PM

    PhonDAWG - Phonetics Lab Data Analysis Working Group

    Bruce will give a tutorial on the Linux screen and rsync utilities.  

    Location: B11, Morrill Hall
  • 20th October 2022 04:30 PM

    Linguistics Colloquium Speaker: Gabriel Antunes de Araujo

    The Department of Linguistics proudly presents Dr. Gabriel Antunes de Araujo, Programme Coordinator of Master in Philosophy in Portuguese Language and Intercultural Studies at University of Macau.  Dr. Araujo will speak on "A Mandarin templatic language game".

    Language games are linguistic phenomema common in all languages. Basically, they have the following characteristics: the morphophonological system is limited to one or more mutually non-exclusive operations (infixation/affixation, templatic manipulation, reversal, and substitution); inserted affixes are limited to one or at most a handful of items, and the morphology is semantically empty.

     

    Here, we described a templatic language game in Mandarin. In addition, we analyzed its morphophonological aspects, such as syllables, tones, and compound integrity, from a generative linguistics point of view.

     

    Our investigation revealed that this Mandarin’s templatic language game allows the insertion of playful particles —such as le 了and de 的, among others —in the inner limits of an utterance, undoing the integrity of lexical compounds and the noun-classifier pair. In this way, a sequence as ai4爱 chi¹ 吃 luo² 萝 bo卜 he² 和 qing¹ 青cai4 菜‘they like to eat radishes and vegetables’becomes the playful sequence ai4爱 le 了 chi¹ 吃 le 了 luo² 萝 le 了 bo² 卜 le 了bo² 和 le 了 qing¹ 青 le 了 cai4 菜, with the insertion of the semantically empty particle le 了. In this example, the integrity of the compound luo² 萝 bo卜 ‘radishes’is undone by the insertion of the game’s particle. In the game output, additionally, a rising tone, bo²卜, is added to the second component in the compound luo² 萝 bo² 卜, originally toneless.

     

    Thus, from a linguistic point of view, the game allows us to address several issues in Mandarin, such as the tone attribution system, the integrity of syllables, and the nature of the lexical composition. Likewise, the description and analysis of this game allow us to compare it with other language games in an interlinguistic manner. Therefore, this presentation constitutes
    an original contribution to understanding language game phenomena in general and Mandarin in particular.

     

    Automatic captioning will be available for this talk.  Zoom connection information to be provided the week of the event.

    Location: Virtual Event

Facilities

The Cornell Phonetics Laboratory (CPL) provides an integrated environment for the experimental study of speech and language, including its production, perception, and acquisition.

Located in Morrill Hall, the laboratory consists of six adjacent rooms and covers about 1,600 square feet. Its facilities include a variety of hardware and software for analyzing and editing speech, for running experiments, for synthesizing speech, and for developing and testing phonetic, phonological, and psycholinguistic models.

BIOPAC MP-160 System

The Sound Booth Laboratory has a BIOPAC MP-160 system for physiological data collection.   This system supports two BIOPAC Respiratory Effort Transducers and their associated interface modules.

Language Corpora

  • The Cornell Linguistics Department has more than 800 language corpora from the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC), consisting of high-quality text, audio, and video corpora in more than 60 languages.    In addition, we receive three to four new language corpora per month under an LDC license maintained by a consortium of the Linguistics, Computer Science, and Information Science Departments.  

 

 

  • These and other corpora are available to Cornell students, staff, faculty, post-docs, and visiting scholars for research in the broad area of "natural language processing", which of course includes all ongoing Phonetics Lab research activities.   

 

 

Speech Aerodynamics

Studies of the aerodynamics of speech production are conducted with our Glottal Enterprises oral and nasal airflow and pressure transducers.

Electroglottography

We use a Glottal Enterprises EG-2 electroglottograph for noninvasive measurement of vocal fold vibration.

Ultrasound

Our GE LOGIQbook portable ultrasonic imaging system is used for studying vocal tract kinematics and dynamics.

Real-time vocal tract MRI

Our lab is part of the Cornell Speech Imaging Group (SIG), a cross-disciplinary team of researchers using real-time magnetic resonance imaging to study the dynamics of speech articulation.

Articulatory movement tracking

We use the Northern Digital Inc. Wave motion-capture system to study speech articulatory patterns and motor control.

Sound Booth

Our isolated sound recording booth serves a range of purposes--from basic recording to perceptual and psycholinguistic experimentation.