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Speech Production, Acoustics and Perception Laboratory


Lab Meetings: Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm, room 7303

Mission Statement

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

Principal Investigator:

Douglas H. Whalen, Ph.D. 
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences,
Graduate School and University Center,
City University of New York,
365 Fifth Ave
New York, New York 10016-4309

Phone: 212-817-8806
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