Dr. Zellou was awarded a 2018 Amazon Faculty Research Award for her project, "Applying human “speech rules” to Alexa: Impact of acoustic-phonetic modifications on device engagement and perceived naturalness".
For more about the award, see: https://ara.amazon-ml.com/about/#faculty
See below for the recording for the 5 Minute Linguist (5ML) competition, emceed by John McWhorter, at the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting in New York City. The aim of the competition to communicate a research project to a general audience in just 5 minutes (and with no notes!).
We are thrilled that two talks selected as finalists were from our lab!
Talk 1 (0:00 - 8:22)
Michelle Cohn (University of California, Davis): Phonologically motivated phonetic repair strategies in Siri- and human-directed speech
Talk 2 (9:45 - 15:43)
Bruno Ferenc Segedin (University of California, Davis) & Georgia Zellou (University of California, Davis): Lexical frequency mediates compensation for coarticulation: Are the seeds of sound change word-specific?
Congratulations to the other presenters, as well!
We were thrilled to learn that two talks from our lab have been selected as finalists to compete in the 5 Minute Linguist (ML) competition at the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) meeting in 2019.
* Phonologically motivated phonetic repair strategies in Siri- and human-
directed speech. Presenter: Michelle Cohn
* Lexical frequency mediates compensation for coarticulation: Are the seeds of sound change
word-specific? Presenters: Bruno Ferenc Segedin & Georgia Zellou.
Click here to see the official finalist announcement:
We are excited to have several talks/posters at the upcoming Linguistic Society of America (LSA) and American Dialect Society (ADS) annual meetings in New York City this January.
Linguistic Society of America (LSA) Annual Meeting (New York City, NY)
* Santiago Barreda. A Theoretical and Statistical Investigation of Vowel Normalization Procedures
* Michelle Cohn, Bruno Ferenc Segedin, & Georgia Zellou. Phonologically motivated phonetic repair strategies in Siri- and human-directed speech
*Georgia Zellou & Bruno Ferenc Segedin. The distribution of phonetic variation influences patterns
of perceptual adaptation
* Santiago Barreda & Zoey Liu. The Effect of Linguistic Experience on the Perception of Talker
Height from Speech
2019 American Dialect Society (ADS) Annual Meeting (New York City, NY)
* Chloe Brotherton, Michelle Cohn, Georgia Zellou, Santiago Barreda. Regional Variation in Vowel Positioning and Diphthongization in TRAP Allophones in California
The Phonetics Lab in the Department of Linguistics at UC Davis is recruiting applications for undergraduate research assistant (RAs) positions for Fall 2018- Winter 2019 (with possibility of extension). RAs are expected to work approximately 6-8 hours a week in the lab and will receive 2 units of LIN 199 credit per quarter (4 units count as upper division elective toward LIN major).
Application deadline: September 20, 2018
To apply, email the following to Dr. Michelle Cohn (email@example.com)
A team led by Georgia Zellou has begun a collaborative research effort exploring how people adjust their speech to digital devices, such as Siri or Alexa.
For example, recent Ph.D graduate, Michelle Cohn, has been recording conversations with Gunrock, a social bot created by Zhou Yu's lab that is currently in the semifinals for the Amazon Alexa Prize. You can talk to it yourself if you have an Alexa-enabled device: just say "Let's chat!" and it will randomly invoke one of the three social bots in the running for the grand prize.
Above you can see our microphone next to the Amazon Echo, capturing the interaction
We are delighted to host the 2019 Summer Linguistic Society of America (LSA) Institute for the first time at Davis!
For more information, see the following link: