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Phonetic Variation in Sounds and Talkers: When do we see adaptation?

Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 14, 2019. 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Building 46, Room 126
Workshop: 
Cognition and Language Workshop
Meeting Description: 

Phonetic variation may refer to within-category distributional descriptions or characterize auditory-acoustic properties that are associated with a particular talker or a demographic group. Adaptation in speech can be used to describe, for example, phonetic retuning to specific, isolated shifts or listeners’ (in)ability to comprehend speech in adverse listening conditions. In this talk, Molly Babel considers how category typicality seems to affect retuning, but when familiarity is controlled, social evaluation does not. In contrast, socially derived expectations affect listener adaptation to adverse listening conditions. Together, these results underscore that there is a balance of weighing top-down expectations and bottom-up signal characteristics in speech processing.

Molly Babel is professor of linguistics at the University of British Columbia.

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