Laboratory of Phonetics & Psycholinguistics

Laboratory Reservations
For KUPPL Users

The University of Kansas
15 Blake Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045-3129

Phone: 785-864-3414
Fax: 785-864-5724


KUPPL well represented at ASA meeting in Kansas City

The fall 2012 meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Kansas City will include a record 12 presentations by students and faculty from the Linguistics department:

High variability training increases mismatch negativity responses to L2 contrasts
Wendy Herd; Robert Fiorentino; Joan Sereno

American Chinese learners" acquisition of L2 Chinese affricates /ts/ and /tsh/
Jiang Liu; Allard Jongman

Delayed use of fundamental frequency (F0) rise in non-native speech segmentation
Caitlin E. Coughlin; Annie Tremblay

Speakers of tonal and non-tonal Korean dialects use different cue weightings in the perception of the three-way laryngeal stop contrast
Hyunjung Lee; Allard Jongman; Stephen Politzer-Ahles

Perceptual cues in Korean fricatives
Goun Lee; Allard Jongman

Lexical tone in Mandarin spoken word processing
Joan Sereno; Hyunjung Lee

Influence of recent linguistic exposure on the segmentation of an unfamiliar language
Jui Namjoshi; Annie Tremblay; Mirjam Broersma; Sahyang Kim; Taehong Cho

Acoustic correlates of breathy voice in Marathi sonorants
Kelly Berkson

An acoustic analysis of lexical stress in Uyghur
Mahire Yakup

A production and perception study on tonal neutralization in Nanchang Chinese
Jiang Liu; Jie Zhang

An experimental study of Korean rhythm structure on the basis of rhythm metrics
Eun-Sun Tark

The role of phonological alternation in speech production: Evidence from Mandarin tone Sandhi
Stephen Politzer-Ahles; Jie Zhang


Sereno and Jongman organize special session at ASA meeting in Kansas City

The fall 2012 meeting of the Acoustical Society of America will be held in Kansas City (Oct. 22-26, 2012). Joan Sereno and Allard Jongman will host a special session entitled "The nature of lexical representations in the perception and production of speech".

Lee wins second prize in best student paper competition at meeting of the Acoustical Society of America

Graduate student Hyunjung Lee won second place in the best student paper competition at the 162nd meeting of the Acoustical Society of America which was held in San Diego in November 2011. Lee's poster was entitled "Perception of initial stops in tonal and non-tonal Korean".

KUPPL presentations at the 2011 fall meeting of the Acoustical Society of America

The following KUPPL members will present their research at the 161st meeting of the ASA in San Diego (Oct. 31- Nov. 4, 2011):

Allard Jongman and Bob McMurray (Iowa): "Deriving invariance by integrating cues computed relative to expectations"

Joan Sereno, Hyunjung Lee, and Allard Jongman: "Perceptual accommodation to rate, talker, and context in Mandarin"

Hyunjung Lee and Allard Jongman: "Perception of initial stops in tonal and non-tonal Korean".


KUPPL presentations at the 2010 spring meeting of the Acoustical Society of America

The following KUPPL members presented their research at the 159th meeting of the ASA in Baltimore (April 19-23, 2010):

Wendy Herd: "Perceptual and production training of allophones and phonemes in Spanish"

Wendy Herd

Joan Sereno and Hyunjung Lee: "Temporal changes in Mandarin tone due to speaking rate variation"

Joan Sereno

Hyunjung Lee and Allard Jongman: "Effects of tone on the three-way laryngeal distinction in Korean: An acoustic and aerodynamic comparison of Seoul and South Kyungsang dialects"

Hyunjung Lee and Allard Jongman

Allard Jongman elected ASA Fellow

Allard Jongman, Professor and Chair of Linguistics, was elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America for his contributions to the nature of phonetic representations. Presentation of the award was made during the plenary session of the spring 2010 ASA meeting in Baltimore.

Joan Sereno receives NSF grant

Prof. Joan Sereno obtained NSF funding for her project “The contribution of speaking rate, talker and coarticulation to lexical tone processing: Effects of language background and training.”Read the abstract.

Prof. Gandour to present second Frances Ingemann Lecture

Jackson T. Gandour , Professor of Speech Language & Hearing at Purdue University will deliver the second Frances Ingemann Lecture on May 1st, 2009 at 4:00 pm in Alderson Auditorium.

Jie Zhang receives NSF grant

Prof. Jie Zhang obtained NSF funding for his project "Testing the productivity of Chinese tone sandhi". Read the abstract

Wendy Herd receives NSF dissertation grant

Graduate student Wendy Herd obtained an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for her project "The perceptual and production (re)training of allophones and phonemes in L2 Spanish". Read the abstract

Allard Jongman publishes book

Prof. Allard Jongman, together with Prof. Henning Reetz (Frankfurt), published Phonetics: Transcription, Production, Acoustics, and Perception. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.Click here for more information

Prof. Sussman lecture

Harvey M. Sussman, R. P. Doherty Sr. Centennial Professor in Communication at The University of Texas at Austin gave a lecture on Friday, October 24th, 2008. The title of his talk was "A neurobiological perspective of resolving phonetic variability".

Head-mounted eye-tracker installed

Funds from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have allowed us to purchase a head-mounted eye-tracker (EyeLink II) for psycholinguistic research.

Prof. Blumstein presents first Frances Ingemann Lecture

Sheila E. Blumstein, Albert D. Mead Professor of Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences at Brown University visited KU in the first week of May to deliver the inaugural Frances Ingemann Lecture. Prof. Blumstein presented her latest research in a talk entitled "Neural Systems Underlying Variability and Constancy in Speech and Lexical Processing:   Evidence from Lesion and Neuroimaging Investigations".

Students present their research at the 2008 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Two Linguistics majors presented their research at the 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, held on April 12th, 2008. Jana Johnston gave a talk entitled "A phonetic description of Jopara: Analysis of the phonetic influence of Spanish and Guarani on Jopara". Zak Davidson presented a poster on "Orthographic influence in the acquisition of Quechua by native English speakers".

Zak Davidson and Jana Johnston in front of Zak's poster.

KU's linguistics department marks 40th anniversary, creates lecture series

LAWRENCE - The Department of Linguistics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas celebrated its 40th anniversary by establishing the annual Frances Ingemann Lecture in honor of the department's founder.

"Frances has been the most influential person in the history of the linguistics department," said Allard Jongman, professor and chair of linguistics. "She started teaching linguistics when she arrived on campus 50 years ago and founded the department 40 years ago. The current department is to a large extent the fruit of her vision and persistence."

Ingemann was the first experimental phonetician on campus. She came to KU in 1957 after earning a doctorate in linguistics from Indiana University and is known for her pioneering research at Haskins Laboratories on speech synthesis.