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Title: Linking speech production to speech perception: A cross-linguistic comparison of the phonological voicing contrast and its phonetic realization

Speaker: Dr. Daniel Pape, McMaster University

Date: May 1, 2018

Time: 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Location: TSH 203

How do we form phonemic categories? How is speech perception linked to the articulatory and acoustic production of speech? These are classic phonetic questions that are still controversially debated today.

I will present experimental and clinical phonetic data to approach these questions. Specifically, I will discuss (1) how the cognitive system is intricately linked to the speech production system based on the phonological voicing contrast, (2) how cross-linguistic differences in Romance vs. Germanic languages surface in perception compared to production, (3) how several acoustic cues of the speech signal are used with varying weights to form a robust phoneme identification and (4) how different anatomical and articulatory pattern shape the acoustic speech output in pathological speech for patients with glossectomy.

I conclude my talk with an excursion into audio-visual speech perception by presenting a phonetic experiment examining the effect of facial hair on speech intelligibility.