A brilliant piece from Haley Peterson, Cal Poly 2012
“I would know that voice anywhere!” – Robert Remez on phonetic sensitivity
TOMORROW Monday, April 19, 2010, 4pm, 709 Hamilton
Robert Remez, professor of psychology, joined the faculty of Barnard in 1980. His teaching focuses on the relationships among perception, cognition and language. Since 1985, Professor Remez’s research has been supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders under the project “Sensory and Perceptual Factors in Spoken Communication.” One line of his research examines the perceptual organization of speech and seeks to explain how listeners can follow speech amid the sounds that strike the ear. In a second line of research, he studies the perceptible differences between individual talkers and the phonetic and qualitative aspects of these indexical properties
The International Linguistic Association presents a talk tomorrow by Michael Newman, Associate Professor of Linguistics at Queens College.
How can you sound Asian in American English?: A dialect recognition and sociophonetic study of Korean and Chinese Americans’ native English
In paired dialect identification tasks, differing only by speakers’ sex, more than 200 CUNY students were asked to identify the race and national heritage of other New Yorkers. Each task included two Chinese Americans, two Korean Americans, two European Americans, a Latino, and an African American. Listeners were mostly successful at identifying speakers’ races but not at differentiating the Chinese from Koreans. An acoustic analysis identified breathier voice as a factor separating those Asian Americans most frequently identified, on the one hand, from non-Asians and Asians least successfully identified, on the other. Also, the Chinese and Latino men’s speech appeared more syllable timed than the others’ speech. These results support extending the robust US tendency for linguistic differentiation by race to Asian Americans, although this differentiation does not rise to the level of a systematic racial dialect as it does for racially-specific varieties like African American English.
The talk will take place tomorrow (Saturday, February 13, 2010), at 11 AM here:
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Conference Room, Department of English (7th Floor)
619 West 54th Street (between 11th and 12th Avenues)
New York, NY 10019