Lab Director

Richard Wright

Associate Professor (Linguistics)

Office: Guggenheim 415B

Email: rawright[AT uw DOT edu]

Webpage: http://depts.washington.edu/phonlab/people/wright.htm

Research interests: Phonetics, speech perception and spoken word recognition, sources of variability in spoken language, Austronesian langauges of Taiwan, Endangered languages of the Northwest, speech technology.

 

Faculty Lab Members

Betsy E. Evans

Assistant Professor (Linguistics)

Office: Padelford A-214

Email: evansbe[AT uw DOT edu]

Webpage: http://faculty.washington.edu/evansbe/

Research interests: sociophonetics, Pacific Northwest English, imitation of dialects, attitudes to language variation.

 

Zev Handel

Assistant Professor (Asian Languages and Literature)

Office: Gowen 245

Email: zhandel[AT uw DOT edu]

Webpage: http://faculty.washington.edu/zhandel/

Research interests: Chinese linguistics, historical phonology, minority languages of China.

 

Sharon Hargus

Professor (Linguistics)

Office: Padelford A-211

Email: sharon[AT uw DOT edu]

Webpage: http://faculty.washington.edu/sharon/

Research interests: Laboratory phonology, phonology-morphology interface, historical phonology, Sahaptin linguistics, Athabaskan linguistics.

 

Ellen M Kaisse

Professor (Linguistics)

Office: Padelford A-210-B

Email: kaisse[AT uw DOT edu]

Research interests: Phonological theory, intonation, the phonetics and phonology of Turkish, Greek, and Argentinian Spanish.

 

Gina-Anne Levow

Assistant Professor (Linguistics)

Office: Guggenheim 418D

Email: levow[AT uw DOT edu]

Webpage: http://faculty.washington.edu/levow

Research interests: Computational linguistics, prosody in spoken language understanding, discourse and dialog.

 

Alicia Beckford Wassink

Associate Professor (Linguistics)

Office: Padelford A-217

Email: wassink[AT uw DOT edu]

Webpage: http://faculty.washington.edu/wassink/

Research interests: Sociophonetics, spectral overlap and trajectory analysis in vowel systems, dialect contact and contact-induced change, Pacific Northwest English, Jamaican Creole phonetics and phonology.

 

Students

Laura Panfili

Linguistics

Email: lpanfili[AT uw DOT edu]

Research interests: Sociolinguistics, phonetics, non-modal phonation.

 

Esther S Le Grezause

Linguistics

Email: elg1[AT uw DOT edu]

Webpage: http://catalyst.uw.edu/workspace/elg1/43144/306981

Research interests: acoustic phonetics, disfluencies, speech technology, discourse analysis, phonology, stuttering, Hindi, Marathi.

Advisor: Richard Wright

 

Sarala Puthuval

Linguistics

Email: puthuval[AT uw DOT edu]

Webpage: http://sarala.puthuval.net

Research interests: Language contact, language maintenance and shift, sociolinguistics, phonetics, phonology, Mongolian.

Advisor: Sharon Hargus

 

Maria Burgess

Linguistics

Email: mapnea[AT uw DOT edu]

Research interests: Phonetics, phonology, Mixtec, Nahuatl, Mexican dialects of Spanish, Linguistic syncretism, language policies.

 

Valerie Freeman

Linguistics

Email: valerief[AT uw DOT edu]

Webpage: http://students.washington.edu/valerief

Research interests: Sociophonetics, dialect differences, phonetic correlates of discourse functions.

Advisor: Richard Wright

 

Jennifer Haywood

Linguistics

Email: jhaywood[AT uw DOT edu]

Research interests: Phonetics, phonology, speech perception, language acquisition.

 

Wendy C. Kempsell Jacinto

Linguistics

Email: kempsell[AT uw DOT edu]

Research interests: Sociolinguistics, Phonetics, language mixing, Spanish, Turkish.

Advisor: Alicia Beckford Wassink

 

Kathleen A. Langr

Linguistics

Email: klangr[AT uw DOT edu]

Research interests: Phonetics, syntax, other as yet undecided things.

 

Meghan Oxley

Linguistics

Email: what[AT uw DOT edu]

Webpage: http://students.washington.edu/what/

Research interests: Sociophonetics, language attitudes, folk linguistics, perceptual dialectology, regional identity, Southern United States English.

Thesis: (ay) Monopthongization in Deer Park, Texas

Advisor: Alicia Beckford Wassink

 

John M. Riebold

Linguistics

Email: riebold[AT uw DOT edu]

Webpage: http://students.washington.edu/riebold/

Research interests: Sociolinguistics (Northwest English, vowel raising and merger), phonetics (lenition, glottalization, voice quality), sociophonetics.

Advisors: Alicia Beckford Wassink & Richard Wright

 

Alumni

Michael Scanlon

Email: ms27[AT uw DOT edu]

Webpage: http://students.washington.edu/ms27/

Research interests: Research areas: dialect contact, social networks, sociophonetics, African American English.

 

Stella Podgornik

Graduate Student, Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK

Webpage: http://www.stellamarie.net/

MA Year: 2012

Thesis: Automatic Detection of Language Levels in L2 English Learners

Advisor: Gina Levow

 

Kathy Nagle

Email: kfnagle[AT uw DOT edu]

Research interests: Articulation & voice disorders, acoustic & articulatory phonetics, speech perception.

Advisor: Tanya Eadie

 

Julia Colleen Miller

Email: jcmiller[AT uw DOT edu]

Research interests: Athabaskan phonetics, tone and tonogenesis, language contact, language/dialect variation, cartography, fieldwork.

 

Ruiqin Miao

Visiting Researcher, Feb 2011 - Feb 2012 (Linguistics)

Office: Padelford A-216

Email: rmiao[AT uw DOT edu]

Webpage: http://sfl.sjtu.edu.cn/en/index.php?case=archive&act=show&aid=284

Research interests: phonetics, phonology, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, Chinese.

 

Jamie Andrus

MA year: 2009

Advisor: Alicia Beckford Wassink

 

Misty Azara

User interface program manager, IAS, Microsoft

MA year: 2002

Thesis: The role of pitch accent in discourse.

Advisor: Richard Wright

 

Lesley Carmichael

Project manager, Speech Group, Microsoft

PhD year: 2005

Thesis: Situation-based intonation pattern distribution in a corpus of American English.

Advisor: Richard Wright

 

Haewon Cho

Lecturer II, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan

MA year: 2004

Thesis: Intonation transfer in second language acquisition: An analysis of English intonation by Korean speakers.

Advisor: Richard Wright

 

Emily Curtis

Post-doc, Linguistics, University of British Columbia

PhD year: 2003

Thesis: Geminate weight: Case studies and formal models.

Advisor: Sharon Hargus

 

Lisa Galvin

MA year: 2005

Thesis: Dubliners in Seattle: A sociophonetic analysis of Irish-English in the U.S.

Advisor: Alicia Beckford Wassink

 

Jessica Giesler

School of Medicine, University of Washington

MA year: 2004

Thesis: A conflicting cue study examining the relative strength of consonant transition cues as affected by vowel, noise, and position.

Advisor: Richard Wright

 

Kelley Kilanski

PhD year: 2009

Webpage: http://www.kelleykilanski.com/

Thesis: The Effects of Token Frequency and Phonological Neighborhood Density on Speech Production for Native and Non-Native Speakers of English

Advisor: Richard Wright

 

Soohee Kim

Senior Lecturer (Korean), Department of Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington

PhD year: 1999

Thesis: Sub-phonemic duration difference in English /s/ and few-to-many borrowing from English to Korean.

Advisor: Sharon Hargus, Richard Wright

 

Jinyeoun Kwon

MA year: 2005

Thesis: Effects of oral-nasal consonantal contexts on the perception of English consonant contrasts by Korean listeners.

Advisor: Richard Wright

 

Susannah Levi

Assistant Professor, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, NYU

Webpage: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/faculty_bios/view/Susannah_Levi

Thesis: The representation of underlying glides: A crosslinguistic study.

Advisor: Ellen Kaisse

 

Lotus Jo-Fu Lin

Postdoctoral Fellow, ILABS, University of Washington

Research interests: Second language learning, bilingualism, interactions of memory and cognition in language acquisition, neuroimaging methods.

Advisor: Patricia Kuhl

 

Daniel McCloy

Postdoctoral fellow, Laboratory for Audiotory Brain Science and Neuroengineering, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, University of Washington

Email: drmccloy[AT uw DOT edu]

Webpage: http://dan.mccloy.info

Research interests: Acoustic phonetics, speech perception, auditory neuroscience, phonetic & phonological typology.

Thesis: Prosody, intelligibility and familiarity in speech perception.

Advisor: Richard Wright

 

David Montero

MA year: 2007 (Romance Linguistics)

Webpage: http://www.davidmontero.net/

Thesis: The Perception of the Acoustic Correlates of Stress: A Cross-linguistic Study on English, French, and Spanish.

Advisor: Richard Wright

 

Steven Moran

Postdoctoral research associate, Department of General Linguistics, University of Zurich

Email: stiv[AT uw DOT edu]

Research interests: Computational linguistics, documentary linguistics, language technology.

Thesis: Phonetics Information Base and Lexicon

Advisors: Emily Bender, Richard Wright

 

Jay Munson

Program Manager, Text-to-Speech, Microsoft

PhD year: 2005

Thesis: The relative degree of difficulty of L2 Spanish /d, t/, trill and tap by L1 English speakers: Auditory and acoustic methods of defining pronunciation accuracy.

Advisor: Alicia Beckford Wassink

 

Melissa Preston

MA year: 2003

Thesis: An acoustic study of Turkish vowel harmony.

Advisor: Richard Wright

 

Lorna Rozelle

PhD year: 2003

Thesis: The structure of Sign Language lexicons: Inventory and distribution of handshape and location.

Advisor: Sharon Hargus

 

Setsuko Shirai

Assistant Professor, Ming Dao University (Taiwan)

PhD year: 2005

Thesis: Lexical effects in Japanese vowel reduction.

Advisor: Richard Wright

 

Miriam Stone

MA year: 2005

Thesis: Hemispheric lateralization for linguistic intonation: a dichotic listening study.

Advisor: Richard Wright

 

Alice Taff

PhD year: 1998

Thesis: Phonetics and phonology of Unangan (Eastern Aleut) intonation.

Advisor: Sharon Hargus

 

Gabriel Webster

PhD year: 2002

Thesis: Toward a psychologically and computationally adequate model of speech perception.

Advisor: Richard Wright

 

Chih-Chi Wen

MA year: 2003

Thesis: Phonological change in Atayal.

Advisor: Alicia Beckford Wassink

 

Yungdo Yun

PhD year: 2004

Thesis: Glides and high vowels in Korean.

Advisor: Ellen Kaisse