Apr 10

The phonology of articulatory coordination

Mon, April 10, 2023 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm (1h) • Willis 204

In this talk, Christopher Geissler, candidate for the Visiting Assistant Professor position in Phonology, notes that traditional approaches to phonology rely on linearly-ordered sequences of discrete phonemes, which ignore the continuously overlapping, blended nature of the speech signal. Rather than being a problem, phonetic variation can be embraced: the structure within variation provides important information about what is under phonological control. Geissler argues that the relative timing of speech movements is a crucial part of lexical and phonological representation. In making this argument, Geissler draws from fieldwork and laboratory experiments on tone in Tibetan. Despite extensive differences, Tibetan speakers exhibit remarkably consistent patterns of timing. Geissler also presents new data from articulatory simulations that seek to understand the dimensions along which articulation can differ across tokens of the same word. These examples illustrate the importance of phonetic data in general, and temporal information in particular, to understanding the mental representation of language.

Event Contact: Cherlon Ussery

Event Summary

The phonology of articulatory coordination
  • Intended For: Students, Faculty
  • Categories: Lecture/Panel

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