A single case study of articulatory adaptation during acoustic mimicry

Lawson, E., Scobbie, J.M. and Stuart-Smith, J. (2011) A single case study of articulatory adaptation during acoustic mimicry. In: ICPhS XVII, Hong Kong, 17-21 Aug 2011, pp. 1170-1173.



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The distribution of fine-grained phonetic variation can be observed in the speech of members of welldefined social groups. It is evident that such variation must somehow be able to propagate through a speech community from speaker to hearer. However, technological barriers have meant that close and direct study of the articulatory links of this speaker-hearer chain has not, to date, been possible. We present the results of a singlecase study using an ultrasound-based method to investigate temporal and configurational lingual adaptation during mimicry. Our study focuses on allophonic variants of postvocalic /r/ found in speech from Central Scotland. Our results show that our informant was able to adjust tongue gesture timing towards that of the stimulus, but did not alter tongue configuration.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lawson, Dr Eleanor and Stuart-Smith, Professor Jane
Authors: Lawson, E., Scobbie, J.M., and Stuart-Smith, J.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the authors

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
441472Looking variation and change in the mouth - developing the sociolinguistic potential of ultrasound tongue imagingJane Stuart-SmithEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)RES-000-22-2032CRIT - ENGLISH LANGUAGE