Sociolinguistic, Psycholinguistic, and Formal Perspectives on Meaning

SIRL member James Sneed German and collaborators will be presenting two papers at the workshop on Sociolinguistic, Psycholinguistic, and Formal Perspectives on Meaning in Paris from July 2-3, 2018.

The first paper, by James Sneed German, is entitled “Lee Kuan Yew at the barbecue: When social enrichment interacts with propositional content.” 

The second, co-authored by Kiwako Ito, James Sneed German, Caterina Petrone and Elisa Sneed German, is entitled “Effects of intonation on the multi-dimensional interpretation of requests and offers.”

IGALA 10 – International Gender and Language Association Biennial Conference

SIRL member LeAnn Brown, in collaboration with other SIRL team members, will be presenting two papers at the IGALA biennial conference in Gaborone, Botswana from June 20-22, 2018:

Quantifying qualitative listener assessments of gender ambiguous speakers: Coding lexical
data to measure social distance
Brown, L., Abbou, J., Reid-Collins, O., Mahrt, T., and J. German
Voice-based sexual orientation ratings: Exploring phonetic indexation and potential effects
on social outcomes
Brown, L.

LeAnn Brown and Karl Neergaard have joined SIRL

We are very pleased to announce that our team has grown: LeAnn Brown and Karl Neergaard joined us in June as postdoctoral researchers on the SIRL project. LeAnn is a Canadian sociolinguist, specializing in sociophonetic variation and change with a focus on the perception of gender and sexual orientation. Karl has focused on psycholinguistic experimentation of speech perception and production.

AMLaP 2017

Seung Kyung Kim and James Sneed German will be presenting a poster at AMLaP (Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing) 2017 held in Lancaster, UK from September 7-9, 2017.  Click here for the abstract of the poster, entitled “Facial Expressions and Phonetic Recalibration in Speech Perception”.

Tone and Intonation (TIE 2016)

SIRL members and collaborators participated in the TIE 2016 Conference from September 1 to 3, 2016 at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

Talks and posters included the following subjects:

Perception of contrastive focus by L2 learners  — Shinobu Mizuguchi, Koichi Tateishi & Tim Mahrt

Realization of the French initial accent: Stability and individual differences — Pauline Welby, Roxane Bertrand, Cristel Portes, Corine Astésano


SIRL members and collaborators also contributed to LabPhon15: Speech Dynamics and Phonological Representation from July 13-16, 2016 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

The posters presented included the following (click on the title for the abstract):

Perception of acoustic, informational and structural prominence in English, French, and Spanish Jennifer Cole, José Hualde, Caroline Smith, Christopher Eager, Timothy Mahrt, Ricardo Napoleão de Souza

Speech Prosody 2016

A number of SIRL project members and collaborators participated in this year’s Speech Prosody conference at Boston University from May 30 to June 3, 2016.

The talks and posters include the following (click on the title for the proceedings):

Sentence final particles in Singapore English: Are they pragmatic or phonological?  James Sneed German, Laurent Prévot

The perception of phrasal prominence in English, Spanish and French conversational speech José I. Hualde, Jennifer Cole, Caroline L. Smith, Christopher D. Eager, Timothy Mahrt & Ricardo Napoleão de Souza

Intonation in the processing of contrast meaning in French: an eye-tracking study  Núria Esteve-Gibert, Cristel Portes, Amy Schafer, Barbara Hemforth, Mariapaola D’Imperio

Effects of emotional prosody on skin conductance responses in French  Caterina Petrone, Francesca Carbone & Maud Champagne-Lavau

Effects of prosody in processing speaker commitment in French  Caterina Petrone, Alessandra Lonobile, Christelle Zielinski & Kiwako Ito

The Influence of F0 Discontinuity on Intonational Cues to Word Segmentation: A Preliminary Investigation  Pauline Welby, Oliver Niebuhr

Individual variability in the distributional learning of L2 lexical tone  Seth Wiener, Kiwako Ito, Shari R. Speer

In addition, James Sneed German co-organized a special session on Sentence-final particles and intonation: Similarities, interactions, and historical relationships.