The Institute for Chinese Studies is pleased to co-sponsor the Department of Linguistics' Colloquium series lecture:
Alan C. L. Yu
Professor, Department of Linguistics
University of Chicago
"In Search for a Perception-Production Link from an Individual Difference Perspective: Two Case Studies"
Abstract: Recent studies have highlighted tremendously individual variability in speech perception and production alike. While some studies found a positive correlation between individual perception and production behaviors, others either failed to observe a relationship or found inconsistencies across tasks. In this talk, I report two case studies (sibilant-vowel coarticulation among speakers of American English and tone perception and production among Chinese and South Asian speakers of Hong Kong Cantonese), illustrating the nuance nature of the perception-production link and discussing how individual variation might be modeled within current theories of speech perception and production.
Bio: Alan Yu, Professor of Linguistics and the College at the University of Chicago, is a linguist who is currently working on questions related to language variation and change. He is particularly interested in tackling the so-called actuation problem: What causes the inception of language change, if the linguistic conditions favoring particular changes are always present? He approaches this question from the point of view of individual differences, focusing particularly on how differences in cognitive processing styles (particularly traits related to the Broad Autism Phenotypes) lead to variability in perceptual and production norms across individuals and how such variability relates to socio-indexical factors. He also works on Cantonese and on Washo, the latter a Native American language spoken in California and Nevada.
This event is organized by OSU's Department of Linguistics, and co-sponsored by the Institute for Chinese Studies, East Asian Studies Center.