Great presence of the UTSoundLab at various events during the UT Undergraduate Research Week!  Karen Johnson, Michelle Dubois and Andrea Manrique did a fantastic job talking about our projects! Thanks to Elisa Ferracane and Cindy Blanco for their contributions and help!

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Two successful sounds dissertation defenses: Niamh’s “An Experimental Approach to the Production and
Perception of Norwegian Tonal Accent” and Lauren’s “An Investigation of Asymmetries of Rhythm in Speech
Production.” Congratulations both!!!

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Brunch with my awesome students to celebrate the end of the year/semester. Thank you for your great contributions to the lab! Congrats to Gaby for graduating! Karen and Andrea, we missed you!


Come see Jeff Elman give a talk today!!

Fri, May 16, 2014 • 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM • CLA 1.104

 I present this talk as a story. The story begins and ends with words, and it concludes with a proposal for a new way of thinking about the meaning of words. The suggestion is that words do not have meaning. Instead, words are cues to meaning.

The story follows four decades of research that led to this proposal (not to fear—it will not take that long to tell). It begins with the development of a computational mechanism to model time sequences, initially focused on words. Prediction emerges as a valuable tool for both learning and assessing learning, and ultimately leads to an unanticipated exploration of event knowledge, causation, inferencing, and language deficits. And from here the story returns to words and the development of the “words as cues” hypothesis.


Dr. Elman received his doctorate in linguistics from UT Austin in 1977.  He is the recipient of the Graduate School’s Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2014 and will be honored at the doctoral convocation on Saturday, May 17. Currently Dr. Elman is Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California San Diego, where he serves as the Dean of Social Sciences. He is also co-director of Kavli Institute for Brain & Mind.

For the text of the Graduate School’s announcement of Dr. Elman’s awards, see: http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/awards/news/prof-winners2014.html

Providence ASA

It was a great week of talks and poster presentations at the ASA meeting! Seeing old friends/collaborators and meeting new colleagues was a bonus! Rachael, Belle and Karen presented “Speaking style adaptations across the lifespan.”  Suzanne and Rajka gave a talk: “Timecourse of word recognition for listener-oriented speaking style adaptations.”   Finally, Rajka gave an overview of the Speech Communication research.

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Brandon successfully defended his dissertation titled: “An Acoustic Analysis of Contrastive Focus Marking in Spanish-K’ichee’
(Mayan) Bilingual Intonation.” Congratulations, Brandon! Good luck in Vermont!

We had great presence at the UT research week. We presented several posters and all URAs did great! Maddie Oakley, Cristabella Trimble-Quiz and Gaby Cook were honored as distinguished scholars at the UT honors day. Cindy Blanco has been awarded Named Continuing Fellowships for Academic Year 2014-15. Cristabella Trimble-Quiz received a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarship to study in Taiwan for 2014-2015. Maddie Oakley was accepted to the Teaching Assistant Program in France for the upcoming academic year.I couldn’t be more proud of all of you!! Congratulations2014-04-12 13.38.33 2014-04-12 15.57.35 2014-04-14 16.52.17 2014-04-14 16.52.46 2014-04-16 10.46.08 2014-04-16 10.59.00!!


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