Linguistics Department


The Phonetics laboratory brings together researches that are interested in a variety of issues related to sound structure and speech processing. Our work is interdisciplinary and the issues we investigate are related to prosody, stress, speech intelligibility, acoustic-articulatory mapping, perception and production in the first and second languages, and learning.

We work with monolingual speakers of various languages and language varieties, bilingual speakers, children, young adults, elderly, as well as populations with disorders, such as stutterers and cochlear implant users.

We focus on empirical data collection using production, perception and learning paradigms.

If you have any questions about specific research projects you can email lab members directly.

Representative publications

Crowhurst, M. & S. Trechter. In press. “R-Metathesis in Guarayu (Tupí-Guaraní)”.  International Journal of American Linguistics.

Crowhurst, Megan & Amador Teodocio O. In press. ‘The joint influence of duration and intensity on the subjective grouping of rhythmic speech among Zapotec and English speakers.’ Phonology.

Clopper, Cynthia and Rajka Smiljanic (Under revision). Regional variation in temporal organization in American English. Journal of Phonetics.

Van Engen, Kristin, Jasmine Phelps, Rajka Smiljanic and Bharath Chandrasekaran (Under revision). Sentence intelligibility in N-talker babble: effects of context, modality, and speaking style. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Gilbert, Rachael, Bharath Chandrasekaran and Rajka Smiljanic (2014). Recognition memory in noise for speech of varying intelligibility. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America,135 (1). 389-399.

Sussman, H.M. (2013).  Neuroethology in the Service of Neurophonetics. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 26m No. 5, 511-525.

Yi, Han-Gyol, Jasmine Phelps, Rajka Smiljanic and Bharath Chandrasekaran (2013). Reduced efficiency of audiovisual integration for nonnative speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 134(5). EL387-393.

Smiljanic, Rajka and Douglas Sladen (2013). Acoustic and semantic enhancements for children with cochlear implants. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56. 1085-1096.

Rimikis, Stacey, Rajka Smiljanic, and Lauren Calandruccio (2013). Nonnative English Speaker Performance on the Basic English Lexicon (BEL) Sentences. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56, 792-804.

Sjerps, Matthias, and Rajka Smiljanic (2013). Compensation for vocal tract characteristics across native and non-native languages. Journal of Phonetics, 41. 145-155.

Smiljanic, Rajka (2013). Can older adults enhance the intelligibility of their speech? Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 133(2). EL129-135.

Smiljanic, Rajka and Bharath Chandrasekaran (2013). Processing speech of varying intelligibility. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 19, 060102, 1-4.

Smiljanic, Rajka, Stan Sheft, Bharath Chandrasekaran and Valeriy Shafiro (2013). Effect of speech clarity on perception of interrupted meaningful and anomalous sentences. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 19, 060109, 1-5.

Byrd, C. T., Vallely, M., Anderson, J. D., & Sussman, H.  (2012).  Nonword repetition and phoneme elision in adults who do and do not stutter.  Journal of Fluency Disorders. Advance online publication.  doi: 10.1016/j.jfludis.2012.03.003

Sussman, H.M. “On the relation between linguistic categories and neural systems,” Talking Brains: News and Views on the Neural Organization of Language;  March 19, 2012.

Van Engen Kristin, Bharath Chandrasekaran and Rajka Smiljanic (2012). Effects of Speech Clarity on Recognition Memory for Spoken Sentences. PLoS ONE 7(9): e43753. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043753

Smiljanic, Rajka (2012). Second-Language Speech Learning. In Cohn, A. C., Fougeron, C., Huffman, M. eds., The Oxford Handbook of Laboratory Phonology, 417-425. Oxford University Press. (Invited contribution).

Calandruccio, Lauren and Rajka Smiljanic (2012). New Sentence Recognition Materials Developed Using a Basic Non-Native English Lexicon. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55: 1342-1355.

Myers, S. (2012). Final devoicing: Production and perception studies. In T. Borowsky, S. Kawahara, T. Shinya, and M. Sugahara (eds.) Prosody Matters: Essays in Honor of Elisabeth Selkirk. Equinox Publishing, London. 148-180.

Munshi, Sadaf & Megan J. Crowhurst. 2012. “Weight sensitivity and syllable codas in Srinagar Koshur”.  Journal of Linguistics 48: 427-472.

Clopper, Cynthia and Rajka Smiljanic (2011). Effects of gender and regional dialect on prosodic patterns in American English. Journal of Phonetics 39. 237-245.

Crowhurst, Megan J. 2011. “Constraint conjunction”, In M. Oostendorp et al (eds.) Companion to Phonology, Vol. III.  Blackwell Publishers. Pp. 1461-1490.

Lindblom, B. & Sussman, H.M. (2011).  Dissecting coarticulation: How locus equations happen. Journal of Phonetics,  vol. 40, issue 1, 1-19.

Myers, S. (2010). Regressive voicing assimilation: Production and perception studies. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 40. 163-179.

Bradlow, A., Clopper, C., Smiljanic, R., and Walter, M. (2010) "A perceptual phonetic similarity space for languages: Evidence from five native language listener groups." Speech Communication special issue: Non-native speech perception in adverse conditions: imperfect knowledge, imperfect signal. Edited by Maria-Luisa Garcia-Lecumberi, Martin Cooke and Ann Cutler.

Smiljanic, R. and Bradlow, A. (2009) "Speaking and hearing clearly: Talker and listener factors in speaking style changes." Language and Linguistics Compass, 3.1. 236-264. Oxford: Blackwell.

Crowhurst, Megan J. (2008). "Bolivia: Language Situation", in Keith Brown (Editor-in-Chief) Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Elsevier Publishers.

Agwuele, A., Sussman, H. & Lindblom, B. (2008). The effect of speaking rate on consonant vowel coarticulation. Phonetica.

Smiljanic, R. and Bradlow, A. (2008) "Temporal Organization of English Clear and Plain Speech." Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 124.5. 3171-3182.

Smiljanic, R. and A. Bradlow (2008) "Stability of temporal contrasts across speaking styles in English and Croatian" Journal of Phonetics, 36.1. 91-113.

Myers.S. & Hansen, B. (2007) The origin of vowel length neutralization in final position: Evidence from Finnish speakers. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Lindblom, B., Agwuele, A., Sussman, H.M., & Eir Cortes, E. (2007). The effect of stress on consonant vowel coarticulation. J. Acous. Soc. Am. 121, 3802-3813.

Smiljanic, R. and A. Bradlow (2007) "Clear speech intelligibility: Listener and talker effects." Proceedings of the XVIth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Saarbrucken, Germany.


CLA 4.722
University of Texas at Austin
Department of Linguistics
Austin TX 78712-0198

Lab director:

  • Department of Linguistics

    University of Texas at Austin
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