This talk is co-sponsored by the Institute for Chinese Studies (East Asian Studies Center).
Recent studies have highlighted tremendously individual variability in speech perception and production alike. While some studies found a positive correlation between individual perception and production behaviors, others either failed to observe a relationship or found inconsistencies across tasks. In this talk, I report two case studies (sibilant-vowel coarticulation among speakers of American English and tone perception and production among Chinese and South Asian speakers of Hong Kong Cantonese), illustrating the nuanced nature of the perception-production link and discussing how individual variation might be modeled within current theories of speech perception and production.
Alan Yu teaches in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago.