Research in the Phonetics Laboratory is focused on three questions:
- How do listeners perceive speech sounds?
- How is their perception of speech sounds influenced by the contexts in which those sounds occur?
- How does the perception of speech sounds influence their phonological patterning?
Presently, our work is concentrated on three more specific versions of these questions:
- When does a listener’s knowledge that a particular string of sounds is a word influence their perception of an ambiguous sound in that string?
- Does the order of two sounds in a string influence how they influence one another’s perception?
- How does a sound’s own intensity or the relative intensity of a neighboring sound influence its perception.
Facilities: The Phonetics Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst consists of four rooms, used for:
- Preparing stimuli (Praat), setting up and running experiments (PsychToolBox), and analyzing data (R)
- Presenting stimuli and collecting responses from up to four participants at once,
- Collecting electroencephalographic (EEG) data with a 64-electrode EGI net,
- Recording speech in a single-walled sound-attenuating chamber.
Faculty: John Kingston (director), Kristine Yu
Undergraduate students: Emily Knick, Timafei Hushchyn, Sam Wasson, Levi Logan, Ella LeClaire, Gwen Van Allen