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.

Rémi Lamarque joins SIRL and presents in Nice

We are proud to annonce that Rémi Lamarque was awarded a PhD scholarship in June and has joined the SIRL team.  Rémi presented his work at the annual conference of the RFP 2016 (Réseau Français de Phonologie – French Network of Phonology) at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis from June 30 to July 2, 2016, in a talk entitled « Évolution dans la dérivation des emprunts abrégés composés en japonais » (“Evolution in the derivation of compound abbreviated loanwords in Japanese”).  (See abstract).

Welcome, Rémi!

SIRL hosts Penny Eckert

SIRL was honored to host Penny Eckert at the Laboratoire Parole et Langage from June 21 to 24.  Penny’s work on the social meaning of variation has been an inspiration to the SIRL Project, as well as her interest in integrating sociolinguistic research with other linguistic fields such as phonology.

Penny met with a number of members of the LPL during her stay and held a round table with members of the SIRL team. She gave a talk on June 22 on “The meaning of variation” (see summary below), and was interviewed by LPL sociolinguists on her work.

Seminar, 22 June 2016, LPL

Penny Eckert, Stanford University

Title: The meaning of variation

Abstract: The origins of variation studies in dialectology and sound change have had a profound effect on the theoretical foundations of the field. The focus on macro-social correlations has yielded a limited view of the social meaning of variation, and the focus on sound change has precluded serious thought about speaker agency. This talk will present what has come to be known as the “Third Wave” perspective on variation. This perspective takes as given that meaningful variation is a design feature of language, as the ability to convey social information non-propositionally is essential to human sociality. Variation is a robust system of signs capable of expressing the full range of social concerns. And tied as it is to the construction of meaning in social life, variation is integral not only to linguistic, but to social change. I will examine some types of variables that emerge when one approaches variation from the perspective of meaning, and discuss the place of variation in the larger meaning system of language.

SIRL Workshop abstracts and slides

The SIRL Kickoff Workshop took place on November 20th and 21st, 2015 at the Laboratoire Parole et Langage in Aix-en-Provence. The slides and/or abstracts of the participants are provided below.

Click on the title of the presentation to access slides and on the participant’s name to access abstract

Seung Kyung Kim

Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, LPL UMR 7039

The effect of emotional prosody on word recognition
Tim Mahrt

Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, LPL UMR 7039

Effects of perceived gender on prominence perception
Médéric Gasquet-Cyrus

Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, LPL UMR 7039

Changing city, changing accents: Identity, conflict and linguistic change in Marseille
Ben Munson

University of Minnesota

Improving the auditory-perceptual assessment of phonological acquisition
Noël Nguyen

Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, LPL UMR 7039

That voice sounds like mine
Julie Abbou

University of Lorraine

Accommodation and performativity: How to find a convergence between post-structuralist social theories and sociophonetics?
Oriana Reid-Collins

Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, LPL UMR 7039

Rhythmic convergence of Indian and American English in interactional speech
Cristel Portes, Amandine Michelas, & James Sneed German

Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, LPL UMR 7039

Interpreting intonation depends on regional indexing