Recent posts

Siri- vs. human-DS paper accepted to Journal of Phonetics!

I’m thrilled that my paper with Georgia Zellou and Bruno Ferenc Segedin has been accepted to the Journal of Phonetics!

The paper examines acoustic-phonetic adjustments when people talk to a Siri vs. a naturally recorded human voice. We find prosodic differences (e.g., increased intensity, smaller f0 range in Siri-DS) as well as some targeted adjustments (vowel hyperarticulation in response to an error made by Siri). Across two experiments varying in error rate, we see differences in the way these register adaptions emerge.

Honorable Mention – 2021 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research

I am thrilled to be awarded an ‘Honorable Mention’ for the 2021 UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research (Postdoc/Grad student category). Congrats to all undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty honored in the ceremony.

https://urc.ucdavis.edu/chancellors-award-excellence-undergraduate-research

2021 UC Davis Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research

Yesterday, I was thrilled to be awarded the UC Davis Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research!

CBS-13 Interview & Press release

Today, UC Davis published a press release and we did an interview with CBS-13 Sacramento on our project, Intelligibility of face-masked speech depends on speaking style: Comparing casual, smiled, and clear speech.

My co-authors, Anne Pycha (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and Georgia Zellou (UC Davis), and I had a blast working together on a new project: how wearing a fabric face mask (as is common these days) affects speech intelligibility.

[Take away: masks don’t simply reduce intelligibility! The speaker plays an important role]

Click here to read the paper in ‘Cognition’

CBS-13 Sacramento covered our recent face-masked speech paper on Feb. 2, 2021

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/speaking-and-listening-seem-more-difficult-masked-world-people-are-adapting