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In Search for a Perception-Production Link from an Individual Difference Perspective: Two Case Studies

Alan Yu
University of Chicago
November 9, 2018 - 3:00pm
Margaret Jacks Hall, Greenberg Room (460-126)

Recent studies have highlighted tremendously individual variability in speech perception and production alike. While some studies found a positive correlation between individual perception and production behaviors, others either failed to observe a relationship or found inconsistencies across tasks. In this talk, I report two case studies (sibilant-vowel coarticulation among speakers of American English and tone perception and production among Chinese and South Asian speakers of Hong Kong Cantonese), illustrating the nuance nature of the perception-production link and discussing how individual variation might be modeled within current theories of speech perception and production.

Speaker bio
Alan Yu is a phonologist who is interested in issues related to sound change, language variation and change, and the morphology-phonology interface. In recent years, his work has focused on understanding the nature of individual variation in language and ramifications it has for grammatical theory and language change.
Event Type: 
Linguistics Colloquium