We study the relationship between speech, language, and cognition by examining how speakers of the world’s languages produce and perceive speech. We use a number of methods in our research, including acoustic and articulatory analysis and behavioral perception studies. Our research takes us to language communities all over the world.
At the heart of our work lie questions about cross-linguistic variation in prosody and speech timing. We are interested in how these aspects of language are acquired, and how the structure of different languages shapes aspects of their temporal properties, as reflected in patterns of speech articulation and perception.