USC Phonetics and Phonology Group
Hosted by the University of Southern California
What does the USC Phonetics & Phonology Group do?
We study how the sound patterns of languages shape the form of words and phrases (phonology), and
What the articulatory, acoustic, and perceptual characteristics of those sounds are and how they are produced and processed (phonetics).
Recent & Past News
to Louis Goldstein for being made Fellow of the Linguistic Society of
Linguistics welcomes Assistant Professors Karen Jesney and Khalil
to post-doc Sam Tilsen on his appointment as Assistant Professor at
Dani Byrd has been appointed Vice Dean for Faculty in USC Dornsife.
textbook Discovering Speech, Words, and Mind
by Dani Byrd and Toby Mintz has been published by Wiley-Blackwell and
is intended for use in undergraduate courses such as Language and Mind
and introductions to psycholinguistics and cognitive speech science.
Ben Parrell for winning the Best Student Paper Award at the 2010
Speech Prosody V Conference for Parrell, Lee & Byrd, "Evaluation of
Juncture Strength using Articulatory
our three (!) phonetics lab members who were accepted for oral
presentations at LabPhon
12: Ben Parrell, Mike Proctor, and Sam Tilsen.
Michal Temkin Martinez on her appointment as Assistant Professor at
Boise State University.
Phonetics and Phonology group is delighted to congratulate Professor
Phonetics Laboratory and the USC Department of Linguistics welcomes Professor Louis
Goldstein as the
newest member of our faculty! (2007)
Professor Shri Narayanan of the USC Ming Hsieh Department
of Electrical Engineering (and the Dept. of Linguistics!) on his
appointment as the first holder of the Viterbi Professorship in
Engineering. The Dean's announcement can be found here.
Jelena Krivokapic on her appointment as Assistant Professor in the
Department of Linguistics at Yale University.
Campos-Astorkiza on her appointment as Assistant Professor at The Ohio
Byrd (PI) with Professors Shri Narayanan and Sungbok Lee was
awarded an R-01 from the National Institutes of Health NIDCD for
$2,844,550 (total costs) titled Prosody and Articulatory Dynamics in Spoken
2006 - August 2010).
We are all so saddened to learn of
the death of Professor Peter Ladefoged, Distinguished Professor
Emeritus of Phonetics at UCLA and Adjunct Professor at USC, on January
24th in London. Our
hearts are with Jenny and their children. A rememberance website is here,
the family asks that donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to the Endangered
Professor Shri Narayanan and his colleague Prof. Alex Potamianos
(Technical University of Crete) who have been awarded a 2005 Best Paper
the IEEE Signal Processing Society for their paper "Creating
interfaces for children."
And read about the USC Phonetics Laboratory and Speech Production Research Group. in the USC College Magazine (reprinted in Medical Science News and ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists).
Laboratory and the SAIL Laboratory are pleased to host the Happy Birthday,
Peter Ladefoged website in honor of Professor Ladefoged's
Narayanan of EE-Systems and Linguistics has been elected Fellow of
The Acoustical Society of America, effective November 1, 2005, "for
contributions in speech production and imaging."
The USC Chronicle
(7/7/05) features Professor Shri Narayanan's machine speech translation
Krivokapic for receiving the Acoustical Society
of America's 2005 Stetson Scholarship!
Professor Shri Narayanan
gave the "Hot
talk at the Vancouver meeting of the Acoustical Society
of America (May 2005).
We are pleased to announce that the National Institutes of Health NIDCD has awarded Shri Narayanan (PI) (EE, Ling, CS), Dani Byrd (Co-lead Investigator) (Ling), Krishna Nayak (EE), Sungbok Lee (Ling & EE), and Richard Leahy (EE) an award of $1,767,992 (May 2005-April 2009) for their research project entitled “Dynamics of Vocal Tract Shaping.” This is a brand new grant taking advantage of the real-time MRI technique recently developed by the group.
We are pleased to
announce that the Office of Naval Research has awarded its 5-year 5
million dollar Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
grant to a
collaboration among USC (Shri Narayanan [EE] & Dani Byrd [LAS]),
Stanford, and University of Washington (J. Blimes, PI) for a project
entitled Human-like Speech Processing, in response to its call
for “radically new approaches to speech-to-text conversion.” This
was the only award made for this announced MURI topic.
Daylen Riggs and Jason
Adams received an Honorable Mention in the USC Undergraduate Research
Symposium for their poster on “Interacting effects of syllable and
phrase position on consonant articulation.”
At the 75th Anniversary
of the Acoustical Society, Dani Byrd was invited to speak at a special
session on the Future of Acoustics. Her talk on the Future
in Speech Communication Research is available here.
In the news--emotion
research at Professor Narayanan’s Speech Analysis and Interpretation
Lab! A case study on automated call centers has attracted
national and international media attention recently! (C. M. Lee
& Narayanan, IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing, in
press.) In February, Professor Narayanan was interviewed about
system on: MSNBC--Countdown with Keith Olberman, MIT
Broadcast Corporation (locally on KPCC, Pasadena), Scotland
Sunday Herald, Germany’s Focus magazine, Inc. Magazine, and Inside
On November 14th, USC hosted a phonology workshop "Where are we going? Phonology at the edge."
Professor Shri Narayanan (USC EE--Systems, IMSC, & Linguistics) has been appointed a Faculty Fellow for the Provost's Center for Interdisciplinary Research for 2003-2004.
Professor Dani Byrd (with Professors Shri Narayanan, USC EE--Systems & IMSC, and Elliot Saltzman, BU) has been awarded $910,000 (total award to USC $1,470,220) over the next 4 years from NIH in ongoing support of research on Prosody and Articulatory Dynamics in Spoken Language.