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Wazaat?: Aging and Spontaneous Speech

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  • SSHRC IG awarded 2022: This project asks how does our ability to produce and understand conversational reduced speech change as speakers age at the phonetic, lexical, and phrasal levels? To address this research question this project proposes the creation of a cross-sectional (different age groups sampled at a similar time) speech corpus and the design of a series of perception experiments to investigate the effects of aging, context, and reduction. The first phase of the proposed project is to create a corpus of spontaneous aging speech. We will begin by recording speakers between the ages of 65 and 85, as well as a comparison group of 18- to 25-year-olds. The second phase of the corpus will expand the speaker groups to include speakers between the ages of 25 and 65. We will use the corpora to investigate differences between older and younger speakers. With the corpus data from the first phase of the corpus creation, we will use the speech from the corpus to conduct listening experiments that investigate how older and younger listeners understand speech and make use of context to better understand speech at the phonetic, lexical, and phrase levels.

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    ©️Tucker, Benjamin. All rights reserved other than by permission. This document embargoed to those without UAlberta CCID until 2029.