The goal of the Wildcate Voices project is nothing less than 100% coverage of the entire UK student population. We want every student, from every language background, to make their voice a part of our speech corpus. Please participate today and share the link with your friends. tweet. tumbl. snapchat. We can do this with your help.
Kelly Wright & McGowan are collaborating on a replication and extension of Purnell, Idsardi and Baugh (1999); a matched-guise study on voice-based discrimination in leasing. The replication addresses possible methodological concerns while expanding the cities, regions, and speakers studied. Crucially, this replication includes a detailed survey of rental professionals themselves -- in the hope of better understanding who is answering the phone and how that matters. This work combines Wright's previous experience with lexically reified bias with McGowan's previous research on expectation mismatches in matched guise studies.
Marisa Youngs, a doctoral of musical arts student in the College of Fine Arts, is working with our lab to investige the physical process of teaching vowel formation and consonant articulation in trumpet pedagogy. She is interested in the effect that native language and dialect have on trumpet technique and how this affects the learning process.
Jamison Nielsen, a high school student from Lexington's STEAM academy and our intern lab manager, is working on a project with real safety implications for teens and adults everywhere. What role does the social aspect of speech perception play in distracted driving? Using a series of psychological tasks and a driving simulator, Jamison is working on ways to make talking to a friend on your phone as safe as listening to a podcast.