Category Archives: Current Projects

A list of current projects going on in the lab.

Tucson MALD

Thank you for your interest in our paid experiment! We’re investigating how people talk, understand speech, and identify words in collaboration with the Douglass Phonetics Laboratory at the University of Arizona.

  • Who: monolingual native speakers of English (experience studying a non-English language as a teenager or adult is not a problem)
  • Task: your visit to the lab will include a basic hearing test, pressing buttons on a button box to respond “word” or “nonword” to stimuli, and typing words in response to prompts
  • Duration: less than one hour; the experiment may be completed up to 3 times on separate days, and you will receive a small amount of money for your participation
  • Where: Douglass Phonetics Laboratory (Douglass 316) in the Douglass Building at the University of Arizona

To sign up, click on this link and and make an appointment on Google Calendar: https://goo.gl/nEMwSe. Please make sure your default Google Calendar is set to the Arizona time zone, or else the times will not display correctly.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to participate and none of the posted time slots work for your schedule, please send an email to Matt Kelley at mckelley@email.arizona.edu. Please include the phrase “Tucson MALD” in the subject line.

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Learning nonnative words

Thank you for your interest in the experiment. The results of this study will help us understand how adults learn nonnative speech sounds. The experiment consists of two main parts: learning and testing. In the learning phase, you will hear words in an unfamiliar language and you may see the word presented on the computer screen. Your task is to listen carefully to these words. In the testing phase, you will hear two words and you have to decide whether they are the same word or different words based on what you have learned earlier in the experiment. The experiment will take an hour at most and you will receive $10 for your participation.

Four smiley fingers on a blackboard saying hello in English, French, Chinese and Spanish.

 

In order to participate, you have to create an account on SONA. This will allow you to access timeslots in which we are running the experiment.

 

Creating an account & Signing up

  1. Go to: ualbertaling.sona-systems.com
  2. Scroll to the bottom and click on the big green “Reboothsquest Account” button
    1. You will fill in the blanks to create an ID name.
    2. Your Password will then be sent to the email you filled in.
  3. Once you’ve received your password, log onto your account. You can then go to “My Profile” and change your password to something you will remember.
  4. Once you’ve logged into SONA click the big green “View Available Studies” button.
  5. Choose “Learning nonnative words
  6. Read the study information carefully to make sure you meet the requirements for this particular study.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of the study and click the green button that says “View time slot for this study”
  8. You will then be able to view ALL of the available time slots. Click the green “Sign Up” button to select that specific time and day.

Cancellations 

If for any reason you need to cancel or change the timeslot that you signed up for,

  1. Click “My Schedule/Credits” found on the green header near the top of the page.
  2. You will then be able to view all of the timeslots you are signed up for. Simply click the green “Cancel” button on the right of the particular study.
  3. Scroll down and click “Yes I want to cancel” to complete your cancellation.

Directions to APhL Lab – Assiniboia Hall

Single MALD

Single MALD Speech Perception Experiment

Thank you for your interest in our experiment. In this experiment we are investigating language comprehension and are looking for native speakers of Western Canadian English, 18 – 30 years old. Before being selected a brief interview will establish whether you can participate. We are looking for participants who can commit to approximately 35 one hour visits to the lab (The Alberta Phonetics Lab, 4-02 Assiniboia Hall), 3-5 times a week. Chosen participants will receive 10$ per visit (approximately 1 hour), plus 100$ upon completing all visits.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please send an email to:
apl@ualberta.ca

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Listening Experiment

Thank you for your interest in our experiment!

Purpose: to investigate language comprehension in Canadian English speakers

Eligible participants are:

  • Monolingual Canadian English speakers (knowledge of different languages is ok as long as English was the only language spoken at home while growing up)
  • 30 years old and above

Participation includes:

  • Basic hearing test
  • Listening to words and nonwords, pressing a button to indicate “word” or “nonword”, typing words
  • 1 hour participation; $10 Compensation
  • Can participate up to 3 times on separate days

Locations (click on links for directions)

4-02 Assiniboia Hall, North Campus, University of Alberta (a parking space can be made available)

Enterprise Square 2-936A (Jasper Ave and 102 St)

Sign Up Options:

  1. Call us at 780-248-1409
  2. Email us at apl@ualberta.ca
  3. Create a SONA account to view and select timeslots that are most convenient for your schedule.

Creating a SONA account

  1. Go to: ualbertaling.sona-systems.com
  2. Scroll to the bottom and click on the big green “Request Account” button
    1. You will fill in the blanks to create an ID name.
    2. Your Password will then be sent to the email you filled in.
  3. Once you’ve received your password, log onto your account. You can then go to “My Profile” and change your password to something you will remember.
  4. Once you’ve logged into SONA click the big green “View Available Studies” button.
  5. You can then choose between two study titles:
    • Decades – Is this a word…? – ASSINIBOIA”
    • “Decades – Is this a word…? – DOWNTOWN”
      Both of these studies are exactly the same, they only differ by location. The “Assiniboia” location is on the University of Alberta North Campus and the “Downtown” location is located in Enterprise Square on Jasper Ave. Click on the study that provides the best location for you.
  6. Read the study information carefully to make sure you meet the requirements for this particular study.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of the study and click the green button that says “View time slot for this study”
  8. You will then be able to view ALL of the available time slots. Click the green “Sign Up” button to select that specific time and day.

Cancellations 

If for any reason you need to cancel or change the timeslot that you signed up for,

  1. Click “My Schedule/Credits” found on the green header near the top of the page.
  2. You will then be able to view all of the timeslots you are signed up for. Simply click the green “Cancel” button on the right of the particular study.
  3. Scroll down and click “Yes I want to cancel” to complete your cancellation.

MALD: Massive Auditory Lexical Decision

How do humans recognize speech? How do factors such as native language, age, and dialect have an effect on the way in which words are recognized? A common concern among people as they get older is age related decline; in other words, does our cognitive ability decline with age? Ramscar et al. (2014) show that it may not be the case that older readers are slower due to cognitive decline. Will similar result be found for listeners when they hear language? Additionally, interactions with speakers of other dialects can be a relatively common occurrence. How is it that there are some dialects that are easy to understand and that other dialects are more difficult to understand? Are there aspects of these dialects that are more difficult to adapt to than others (Clarke & Garrett, 2004)? The present proposal seeks to
investigate these and other questions regarding spoken language recognition. There are many ways in which answers to these questions can be found, one way is by creating and conducting large studies.

This megastuIMG_5507dy contains over 26,000 words and 9,600 non-words from a male speaker of Western Canadian English. Participants (largely from Edmonton, AB) will span ages ranging from 20-70 years. Participants will also be expanded to include additional dialect regions (Arizona, USA; Nova Scotia; New Zealand).

This project will contribute to the ongoing investigation of language comprehension. Novel and
theoretical contributions emerging from this research program:
– testing and creation of models of spoken word recognition
– creation of an open source dataset which can be used by a wide range of researchers
– insight into how age related anatomical changes in the voice affect spoken word recognition
– insight into how aging affects spoken word recognition
– insight into how dialect affects spoken word recognition

Forensic Science Research

Volunteers Wanted for Forensic Science Research:

We are conducting research on forensic voice comparison, and we are looking for volunteers to help us with this research.

The purpose of the research is to demonstrate how to perform forensic voice comparison under conditions reflecting those of an actual case. We are basing this research on the conditions of an element of the Saskatchewan robocall scandal in which the outgoing voicemail message of a speaker of known identity had to be compared with the outgoing voicemail message of a speaker of questioned identity.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Tories+admit+they+sent+Saskatchewan+robocall/7922470/story.html

Our approach is based on relevant data, quantitative measurements, and statistical models, and we test the validity and reliability of our system under conditions reflecting those of the case under investigation.

Volunteers will be asked to make five telephone calls over the course of a week and each time leave the message: “You’ve reached Haste Research. Please leave your name, phone number and reason for call, and I’ll return your call as soon as possible.”

Volunteers completing the task will be given a gift certificate of $25 value.

If you are an adult male speaker of Canadian English, and are interested in participating, please send the following e-mail message to <apl@ualberta.ca> with subject line “potential volunteer”.

I am interested participating in the forensic voicemail research study. Please contact me by e-mail and telephone to give me more information so I can decide whether I want to participate. My telephone number is _______

Alberta Phonetics Laboratory
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E7
Canada
tel: (780)248 1409 mailbox 0
fax: (780) 492 0806
e-mail: apl@ualberta.ca
website: http://aphl.artsrn.ualberta.ca/

Principal Investigator:
Dr Geoffrey Stewart Morrison
http://geoff-morrison.net/

Corpus of Spontaneous Multimodal-Interactive Language

Drs. Jarvikivi and Tucker have received funding to begin the project Corpus of Spontaneous Multimodal-Interactive Language. This is an interdisciplinary collaborative initiative (with Drs. S. Rice, H. Colston, E. Nicoladis, S. Moore, A. Arppe, C. Boliek) to design, systematically collect and code, and publish a digital resource for the study of natural human spoken interaction in multimodal context. Thank you to the Kule Institute for Advance Studies for funding this project.

Articulography recordings during speech production

PARTICIPANTS WANTED 
 
Is English your native language? Are you 18 or older? Want to participate in a cool experiment and get an awesome Facebook/Twitter profile pic out of it?
 
Sign up for our study!
 
Using an electromagnetic articulograph, we will record the movement of your lips, tongue and jaw while you read out loud or speak English words. The study investigates how your tongue, jaw and lips work together while you produce speech. In order to track the movement of your tongue, lip and jaw movements, we will fit you with small metal sensors (just like Hollywood magic!).
 
Watch an entertaining YouTube video we made about the experiment process: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blFkVdj9Wbo
 

 
Pay rate is $15 per hour and the experiment is about 1.75 hours long.
 
Time slots are scheduled between the May 6th-23rd in the Alberta Phonetics Laboratory at the University of Alberta. There are three different time slots available every day.
 
For more information about the experiment and to sign up, email Fabian at: tomasche@ualberta.ca
 
NOTE: If you have a pacemaker, you can not participate in this experiment.

Online Phonetics Class

Dr. B. Tucker and Dr. K. Pollock (Speech Pathology) with Dr. Tim Mills are currently working to enhance introductory phonetics by developing online interactive laboratory activities and also developing and offering a fully-online version of the course. This project is funded by the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund from the University of Alberta.