Speech Production, Acoustics and Perception Laboratory
Lab Meetings: Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm, room 7303
The goals of the Speech Production, Acoustics and Perception Lab (SPAPL) are to understand the organization of the articulatory underpinnings of linguistic structure, to find the critical components of the acoustics for perceiving speech, and to explore the interrelationship between the two. Research in production currently focuses on examining tongue shape with ultrasound, tracking the movement of the jaw with both video and electro-articulometry data, measures to distinguish the speech of persons who stutter from those that do not, a physiological study of the Japanese nasal mora, and using ultrasound for feedback in second-language speech production. Research in perception has ongoing projects in the realization of voicing of stops when they don’t contrast in voicing, vowel production in Down syndrome, tuning of formants to harmonics in singing, and effects of aging on articulatory organization.
Current Research Topics
Articulatory/acoustic relations in vowels
Tongues grooves in constant harmony
Second language acquisition of Russian palatals
Articulation in aging and in Down syndrome
Voicing characteristics in speech and singing
Transcription and acoustics of babbling
Phonetics of endangered languages
Douglas H. Whalen, Ph.D.
Graduate School and University Center,
City University of New York,
365 Fifth Ave
New York, New York 10016-4309