We’re recruiting for participants in our study exploring natural language production and the perception of language differences at various linguistic levels including discourse analysis, conversational analysis, narrative analysis, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistic variation, phonetics, phonology and pragmatics. The research questions we are posing involve the intersections of cognition, agency, variation and social identity construction.
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As the SIRL project enters its last phases, we’ll be writing up some results of the different studies aiming at investigating the role of social variables in the production and perception of language. Stay tuned!
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.”
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
SIRL members and affiliates Julie Abbou, Aron Arnold, LeAnn Brown, James German, Tim Mahrt and Oriana Reid-Collins have been accepted to the Sociolinguistics Symposium 22 in Auckland, NZ from June 27 to 30th, 2018. Their paper is entitled “Gender and the voice: comparing metadiscourse in vlogs, interviews and scientific discourse”.
SIRL member Karl Neergaard will present a paper at the MeeTo 2018 conference in Turin, held from May 25 to 27, 2018. The talk will be on “Lexical competition between words, the body, and in social interaction”.
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.
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”.
Click here for the abstract from James Sneed German’s talk at the Phonology and Phonetics in Europe (PaPE) conference in Cologne, Germany from June 12 to 14, 2017. The talk was entitled “Implicit Social Cues Influence the Interpretation of Intonation”.
James Sneed German and Seung Kyung Kim will both be presenting at PaPE, to be held in Cologne, Germany from June 12 to 14, 2017.
SIRL member Seung Kyung Kim will present a poster at the Abstraction, Diversity and Speech Dynamics IPS Workshop in Herrsching, Germany from May 3 to 5, 2017.
SIRL member Rémi Lamarque will present a paper at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society held from February 3 to 5, 2017 at the University of California, Berkeley.
SIRL member Seung Kyung Kim will give a talk at the Linguistic Society of America’s Annual Meeting held from January 5 to 8, 2017, in Austin, Texas. The talk, scheduled in the Psycholinguistics panel on January 7, and is entitled “The Interaction of Word Length and Emotional Prosody“. (Click on the title for the abstract).
SIRL member Seung Kyung Kim presented a poster at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics as part of a conference on Linking Social Effects in Language Processing to Social Effects in Language Evolution from September 15 to 16, 2016. The poster was entitled “Effects of emotional prosody in lexical processing”.
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