My latest paper on the bag-beg-vague merger in the Pacific Northwest has been accepted to the Journal of Phonetics! The title explains: Production and perception of prevelar merger: Two-dimensional comparisons using Pillai scores and confusion matrices. I've been considering ways to compare the two types of data for a long time, so I'm very pleased with this one. Special thanks to Santiago Barreda for the direction on confusion matrices (and bootstrapping confidence intervals on stats that don't normally provide things like p-values).
OSU at ASHA
This Thursday, I'm giving a poster workshop with Nathan Horton for the TESL/Ling professional development series. We'll go over the basics of conference sessions and poster design, then talk about upcoming student projects and presentations.
Panel on Oklahoma dialect research
This week, I was on an invited panel at the Center for Oklahoma Studies to showcase current work on dialectal features of Oklahoma English. I talked about pre-lateral mergers (phonetics), Sara Loss talked about personal datives (syntax), Nathan Horton talked about generational perceptions of "good" English in Oklahoma, and Sara's students Madalyn Peck and Maghin Brewer talked about the RODEO project and making available the data Dennis Preston's students collected during his years at OSU. It was held in the beautiful reading room in the library, and various faculty, students, and librarians attended and asked great questions. It was a great opportunity to present work to a wider audience and put our discrete studies in a broader context.
This has been a busy few weeks, with three revisions recently submitted to journals:
OSU at OSLHA
My department - both faculty and students - made a great showing at our state conference, the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Faculty gave several talks and workshops, all 8 posters were from OSU students and faculty labs, and our students beat our rivals OU at the first annual Praxis Bowl! Students from my lab presented two posters about our Deaf Experience, Deaf Expression (DXDX) Project: Bailey Smith and Mary Vang described the process of creating the video interview corpus with teams of students in a project-based course, and grad student Tess Meyer presented her thematic analysis of sudden situational loss of communication due to things like noisy restaurants, dead hearing aid/cochlear implant batteries, taking off devices for swimming, masks, and Zoom. I was very proud of all our students, and I'm so glad to see our state conference back to full activities and providing so many opportunities for student involvement.
Part 3 accepted
DXDX at FOOLS
This week, three students and I presented three posters about the Deaf Experience, Deaf Expression (DXDX) Project at the Friends of Oklahoma Language Studies meeting. I used last year's ASHA poster to introduce the project, Bailey Smith and Mary Vang practiced their presentation for the upcoming OSLHA conference about student involvement in the project, and Tess Meyer practiced her OSLHA presentation about her thematic analysis. The project was well received, and people had great questions and ideas for further uses of the corpus. All three students did a great job presenting their work!
Funding has been renewed for a computer science student to work on my Deaf Experience, Deaf Expression (DXDX) Project. The OSU College of Arts and Sciences' Advancing Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (AURCA) program funds work-study for research projects. My student will build a public database of searchable video clips from my interviews with d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing people.