Topics in Laboratory Romance Phonetics and Phonology I

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This course is designed to introduce students to laboratory approaches to phonetics and phonology using examples from Romance, particularly French and Spanish. We will begin by providing the necessary theoretical background to undertake experimental studies via an overview of laboratory phonology, the phonetics-phonology interface, and phonetic theories of speech production and perception. Once presented, these theories will be illustrated with topics in first and second language acquisition, language contact, and sound variation and change.

Partial bibliography :

Ahn, S.-C. 2001. An optimality approach to chain shifts: Nasal vowel lowering in French. Language Research 37(2): 359-375.

Bullock, B. & C. Gerfen. 2004. Phonological convergence in a contracting language variety. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 7(2): 95-104.

Colantoni, L., & Steele, J. (2011) Synchronic evidence of a diachronic change: voicing and duration in French and Spanish stop-liquid clusters. The Canadian Journal of Linguistics, 56(2), 147-177.

Colantoni, L., & Steele, J. (2018) The mixed effects of phonetic input variability on relative ease of L2 learning: Evidence from English learners’ production of French and Spanish Stop-rhotic clusters. Languages, 3(12). (26pp) doi: 10.3390/languages3020012

Hualde, I. & M. Prieto. 2002. On the diphthong/hiatus contrast in Spanish: Some experimental results. Linguistics 40(2): 217-234.

Lindblom, B. 1986. Phonetic universals in vowel systems. In J. Ohala & J. Jaeger (eds.), Experimental phonology. New York: Academic Press, pp. 13-44.

Macken, M.A. & D. Barton. 1980. The acquisition of the voicing contrast in Spanish: A phonetic and phonological study of word-initial stop consonants. Journal of Child Language 7(3): 433-458.

McCarthy, J. 2002. A thematic guide to Optimality Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Miller, J. L., Mondini, M., Grosjean, F., & Dommergues, J.-Y. (2011). Dialect effects in speech perception: The role of vowel duration in Parisian French and Swiss French. Language and Speech, 54(4), 467-485.

Ohala, J. 1999. The relation between phonetics and phonology. In W. Hardcastle & J. Laver (eds.), The handbook of phonetic sciences. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 674-694.

Pierrehumbert, J. 2000. The phonetic grounding of phonology. Bulletin de la communication parlée 5: 7-23.

Steele, J., Colantoni, L., & Kochetov, A. (2018) Gradient assimilation in French cross-word /n/+velar stop sequences. Journal of the International Phonetic Association. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025100317000573

Evaluation :

In-class presentation (20%); Data analyses (25%); Term paper (45%); Participation (10%