The Lab

The Phonology and Phonetics Laboratory is a place where students, scientists, and budding scientists work together to research human speech and language.  The lab providing resources for speech analysis, recording, and for running experiments and computational models.  Current activities probe the nature of humans’ mental representations of speech sounds and their unconscious knowledge of the sound pattern of their native language. The kinds of questions asked include:

  • How can we characterize the sound patterns of different languages?
  • What principles account for the variation of sound patterns across languages, and what principles account for the limits of this variation?
  • What role do various factors play in how children might learn the sound patterns of their language?
  • What is the relationship between perception and production of speech?

Jeffrey Heinz and Irene Vogel are the primary investigators working in the lab.


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