Presentations from UCI faculty at AMP and AWC
- October 7, 2021
- Richard Futrell and Connor Mayer recently presented work at the Annual Meeting on Phonology and Acoustics Week in Canada
UCI Language Science Faculty Richard Futrell and Connor Mayer recently presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting on Phonology. Futrell’s paper was a collaboration with Huteng Dai titled Learning phonotactics in a differentiable framework of subregular languages. The paper presents a framework for learning probabilistic variants of several subregular languages and compares their performance on several long-distance phonotactic restrictions. Mayer’s paper was a collaboration with Travis Major and Mahire Yakup titled “Are neutral roots in Uyghur really neutral? Experimental and structural evidence”, which argues against a purported covert phonemic vowel contrast in Uyghur.
Mayer also recently presented a collaborative project with Bryan Gick and Chenhao Chiu at Acoustics Week in Canada 2021. The paper was titled “Biomechanical simulation of lip compression and spreading”, and describes a simulation study using a biomechanical model of the vocal tract that details the properties of muscle activations driving two commonly attested labial speech postures.