UTsoundLab is a growing and diverse group of faculty, postdocs, and students conducting empirical research in the areas of speech production, perception, and processing in a variety of languages. See our Research and Members page to find out more about us.

Principal Investigator

Rajka Smiljanic is the Principal Investigator of the UTsoundLab and the director of the Phonetics Lab. She is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work is concentrated in the areas of experimental phonetics, cross-language and second language speech production and perception, clear speech, intelligibility, and prosody. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and Russian Languages and Literatures at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and her MA and PhD from the Linguistics Department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After receiving her doctorate, she worked as a Research Associate and Lecturer in the Linguistics Department at Northwestern University. She also taught in the Communications Disorders and Sciences Department at Rush University. She has published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, Journal of Phonetics, and Frontiers in Psychology. She has been a member on the Acoustical Society of America Speech Communication TC since 2008. She was elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2018. She is currently serving as an Associate Editor for JASA EL in Speech Perception.

See Smiljanic_CV-2018 for more details and Google Scholar Citation Page. You can contact Rajka at rajka (at) mail (dot) utexas (dot) edu

Get in touch with us!

By mail: UTsoundLab, Department of Linguistics, RLP 4.722
305 E. 23rd Street, Mailcode B5100, Austin, TX 78712
Or by email at: utsoundlab (at) gmail (dot) com

Where to find us?

We are located in the beautiful Patton Hall (RLP) building at the University of Texas in Austin, room 4.722. RLP is off 23rd street and the San Jacinto Circle (305 E. 23rd Street). The building is on the east mall of campus, surrounded by the SAC (Student Activity Center), the JGB building (Geoscience), the Texas Alumni Center, and not far from Gregory Gym. The building, formerly known as CLA, has been renamed Patton Hall, and is now searchable as RLP on the campus maps: https://maps.utexas.edu/#/utm.

The lab

Once inside the RLP building, take the elevator to the 4th floor. From the 4th floor elevators, turn right and then turn right again down the main hall. Enter the Department of Linguistics, go to the end of the short hall and turn left. The lab is the 2nd door on the left (4.722).


We used to be located in 518 Calhoun hall

Our former location, in 518 Calhoun hall.