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The Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta has established itself as a major centre, both nationally and internationally, for graduate education and research in the empirical study of human language. Our faculty and graduate students are actively involved in a wide range of data-driven linguistic research with a strong focus on the empirical study of language through observation, fieldwork, and experimentation. We are also home to several major research grants in the areas of language acquisition, psycholinguistics, acoustic phonetics, phonology, field linguistics, corpus linguistics, and language revitalization.
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  1. Reading aloud: Acoustic differences between prose and poetry [Download]

    Title: Reading aloud: Acoustic differences between prose and poetry
    Creator: Filip Nenadić
    Description: Research on silent reading has shown that text genre influences the way texts are read, including differences between prose and poetry (e.g. Zwaan, 1994; Hanauer, 1998). There is little data examining whether text layout (prose vs. poetry) affects the way it is read aloud by non-expert readers, and, if yes, how do readers express those differences acoustically. Native speakers of English (N = 37) read aloud twenty short texts in their native language. Stimuli were original texts that were acceptable as both prose and poetry, written by young published authors. Each text was formatted in four layouts (prose left aligned and justified, a single stanza and verses in multiple stanzas). Each participant saw each text in only one of these layouts. Separate mixed effects logistic regression analyses were performed for each language, testing whether prose vs. poetry layouts influenced the silent period and utterance duration, pitch, and intensity values of the productions. Differences and similarities between reading prose and poetry are discussed.
    Subjects: literary reading, poetry, prose, acoustic analysis, reading aloud
    Date Created: 2017/6/23
  2. Cues to perception of reduced flaps [Download]

    Title: Cues to perception of reduced flaps
    Creator: Natasha Warner
    Description: Natural, spontaneous speech (and even quite careful speech) often shows extreme reduction of many speech segments, even resulting in apparent deletion of consonants. Where the flap ([ɾ]) allophone of /t/ and /d/ is expected in American English, one frequently sees an approximant-like or even vocalic pattern, rather than a clear flap. Still, the /t/ or /d/ is usually perceived, suggesting the acoustic characteristics of a reduced flap are sufficient for perception of a consonant. This paper identifies several acoustic characteristics of reduced flaps based on previous acoustic research (size of intensity dip, consonant duration, and F4 valley), and presents phonetic identification data for continua that manipulate these acoustic characteristics of reduction. The results indicate that the most obvious types of acoustic variability seen in natural flaps do affect listeners' percept of a consonant, but not sufficiently to completely account for the percept. Listeners are affected by the acoustic characteristics of consonant reduction, but they are also very skilled at evaluating variability along the acoustic dimensions that realize reduction.
    Subjects: Speech perception
    Date Created: 2009
  3. MALD1_ItemData.Rda [Download]

    Title: MALD1_ItemData.Rda
    Creator: Tucker, Benjamin V.
    Description: Data files from MALD1 - Massive Auditory Lexical Decision
    Subjects: Massive Auditory Lexical Decision
    Date Created: 2017/08/17
  4. MALD1_ResponseData.Rda [Download]

    Title: MALD1_ResponseData.Rda
    Creator: Tucker, Benjamin V.
    Description: Data files from MALD1 - Massive Auditory Lexical Decision
    Subjects: Massive Auditory Lexical Decision
    Date Created: 2017/08/17
  5. MALD1_ResponseData.txt [Download]

    Title: MALD1_ResponseData.txt
    Creator: Tucker, Benjamin V.
    Description: Data files from MALD1 - Massive Auditory Lexical Decision
    Subjects: Massive Auditory Lexical Decision
    Date Created: 2017/08/17
  6. MALD1_SubjectData.Rda [Download]

    Title: MALD1_SubjectData.Rda
    Creator: Tucker, Benjamin V.
    Description: Data files from MALD1 - Massive Auditory Lexical Decision
    Subjects: Massive Auditory Lexical Decision
    Date Created: 2017/08/17
  7. MALD1_SubjectData.txt [Download]

    Title: MALD1_SubjectData.txt
    Creator: Tucker, Benjamin V.
    Description: Data files from MALD1 - Massive Auditory Lexical Decision
    Subjects: Massive Auditory Lexical Decision
    Date Created: 2017/08/17
  8. MALD1_ItemData.txt [Download]

    Title: MALD1_ItemData.txt
    Creator: Tucker, Benjamin V.
    Description: Data files from MALD1 - Massive Auditory Lexical Decision
    Subjects: Massive Auditory Lexical Decision
    Date Created: 2017/08/17
  9. Honours Theses (Linguistics)

    Title: Honours Theses (Linguistics)
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: The Honours Thesis is a piece of original research written by undergraduate students with the guidance of a faculty member over the final two semesters of the student's program.
    Subjects:
  10. Massive Auditory Lexical Decision (MALD) Database

    Title: Massive Auditory Lexical Decision (MALD) Database
    Creator:
    Description: The Massive Auditory Lexical Decision (MALD) database is an end-to-end, freely available auditory and production data set for speech and psycholinguistic research, providing time-aligned stimulus recordings for over 26,000 words and 9,500 pseudowords, and response data for auditory lexical decisions. The data set is meant to make it easy to explore, build and test theories, and compare a wide range of models.
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