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Phonetics and Phonology

Drs. Christian DiCanio, Jeffrey C. Good, and Karin Michelson

Prof. DiCanio is a phonetician and fieldworker by training. His research has focused broadly on the production and perception of tonal and phonation contrasts, corpus phonetics, and vowel production. His current projects include speech production research on the prosody-tone interface in two endangered languages of Mexico (Itunyoso Triqui and Yoloxóchitl Mixtec) and the development of computational methods for analysing the phonetics of spoken endangered language corpora. Both projects are part of his current NSF grant. Collectively, this work examines the extent in which the suprasegmental   units of speech organize the production of sounds in human language.

In addition to a having a general interest morphophonological typology and the phonology-syntax interface, Prof. Good works on the typology of Bantoid tone systems and the phonetics and phonology of tone and accent in Saramaccan, a creole of Suriname.

Prof. Michelson’s focus has been in the Northern Iroquoian languages, especially Oneida and Mohawk and particularly in the accent systems, intonational phonology, and boundary phenomena. More recently she worked on a phonetic study of Oneida plosives /t/ and /k/.