Presented my poster "Speech rate, rate-matching, and intelligibility: Evidence from cochlear implant users" at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting in Austin TX. It's normally warm there, but not this week :(. But it wasn't too cold to visit the capitol, UT campus, and some live music on the weekend. Plus, I missed my connecting flight home, so I had an unplanned day trip to Atlanta.
Also got to see a lot around Vienna, the Danube, and Bratislava. It was very easy to get around on public transit, and there is so much to see -- have to go back someday!
Just got notice of acceptance to the Saturday-morning LSA (Linguistic Society of America) poster session for "Speech rate, rate-matching, and intelligibility: Evidence from cochlear implant users" in Austin in January. The relationships between these linguistic factors are hard to determine in non-clinical populations because they normally function at ceiling, but we can learn more about them in clinical populations who show large individual differences, like CI users.
Presented a poster on the ATAROS corpus at CLiF here at IU. Very interesting to see all different kinds of corpora mined for very different topics, ranging from recipes to subordinate clauses in Twitter to "Darwin's Semantic Voyage."
Attended a joint meeting of the Midwest Speech and Language Days 2016 and the Midwest Computational Linguistics Colloquium at IU this weekend. An interesting mix of topics, including some I wouldn't have come across otherwise. Particularly interesting for linguistic theory was Charles Lin's experiment comparing the effects of two Chinese phonetic transcription systems (Pinyin transcribes segments, Zhuyin syllables) on responses in auditory phoneme identification tasks. Most useful new method goes to John Jang and Chilin Shih for using force plates (very cheap and easy-to-use equipment!) to measure balance as a reflection of cognitive load.
Going to Vienna in September (!) to present "Style-shifting of prevelar merger more sensitive to setting than task" at the 3rd Conference on Experimental Approaches to Perception and Production of Language Variation. I'm looking forward to meeting more European linguists, and I expect all the topics to be interesting -- all my research keywords are in the conference name, after all.
Attended the 20th Mid-Continental Phonetics & Phonology Conference (MidPhon) on the IU campus. A great introduction to the Ling. dept. here and the Midwest Phon. community. Plus reconnected with some conference buddies and found a roommate for ASA Jacksonville.