The Sociophonetics Lab is home to a variety of sociolinguistic and phonetic studies involving both typical speaker-hearers and those with hearing loss or speech disorders. Our sociolinguistic work is concerned with the relationships between language use and social factors -- including differences between social groups (region, age, gender, hearing status, etc.), shifts within language users (based on situation, audience, social role, etc.), and attitudes about speakers and language varieties. Our phonetic work involves acoustic analysis -- measuring components of sound from audio recordings (pitch, loudness, speech rate, resonance frequencies) -- and listeners' perceptions of differences between speech sounds. Many projects involve both socio- and phonetic aspects.
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