KUPPL logoThe University of Kansas Phonetics and Psycholinguistics Laboratory (KUPPL) provides an integrated environment for the experimental study of speech and language, including its production, perception, and acquisition. Primary research areas are acoustic and auditory phonetics as well as spoken and written word recognition, all across a variety of languages.

Current and recent grant support

Zhang, J. Experimental investigation of tone sandhi in three Hakka dialects spoken in Taiwan. Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (the American Region).  Co-investigator: Dr. Yuwen Lai, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.

Sereno, J. The contribution of speaking rate, talker and coarticulation to lexical tone processing: Effects of language background and training. National Science Foundation, 2009-12. Abstract (pdf)

Zhang, A. Testing the productivity of Chinese tone sandhi. National Science Foundation, 2008-11. Abstract (pdf)

Recent publications

Apfelbaum, K.S., Bullock-Rest, N., Rhone, A.E., Jongman, A., and McMurray, B. (2014). Contingent categorisation in speech perception. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 29, 1070-1082.

Herd, W., Jongman, A., and Sereno, J. (2013). Perceptual and production training of intervocalic /d, ɾ, r/ in American English learners of Spanish. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133, 4247-4255.

Herd, W., Sereno, J., and Jongman, A. (accepted). Cross-modal priming differences between native and nonnative Spanish speakers. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics.

Lee, G., and Jongman, A. (to appear). Perceptual cues in Korean fricatives. Festschrift for Harvey Sussman. Equinox Publishing.

Lee, H., Politzer-Ahles, S., and Jongman, A. (2013). Speakers of tonal and non-tonal Korean dialects use different cue weightings in the perception of the three-way laryngeal stop contrast. Journal of Phonetics 41, 117-132.

Lee, H. and J. Zhang (2014). The nominal pitch accent system of South Kyungsang Korean. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 23.1: 71-111. 

Liu, J., and Jongman, A. (2013). American learners’ acquisition of L2 Chinese affricates /ts/ and /tsh/. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 18,060005 (10pages). http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4798223

Liu, J. and J. Zhang (in press). A production and perception study on tonal neutralization in Nanchang Chinese. Journal of Chinese Linguistics

Politzer-Ahles, S. and J. Zhang (in press). Preliminary evidence for the role of tone sandhi in speech production. Journal of Chinese Linguistics

Sereno, J., Lammers, L., and Jongman, A. (submitted). The relative contribution of segments and intonation to the perception of foreign-accented speech, Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics.

Sereno, J.A. and Lee, H. (2014). The contribution of segmental and tonal information in Mandarin spoken word processing. Language and Speech.

Vitevitch, M., Sereno, J., Jongman, A. and Goldstein, R.  (2013). Speaker sex influences the processing of grammatical gender. PLOS ONENovember 13, 2013. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079701

Yakup, M., Abliz, W., Sereno, J., and Perea, M. (in press). How is letter position coding attained in scripts with position-dependent allography? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Yakup, M., Abliz, W., Sereno, J., and Perea, M. (submitted). Extending models of visual-word recognition to scripts with position-dependent allography: Evidence from masked priming in Uyghur Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Yakup, M. and Sereno, J. (submitted). Acoustic correlates of lexical stress in Uyghur. Journal of the International Phonetic Association.

Zhang, J. (in press). 汉语方言变调系统的能产性与其理论分析 (The productivity of tone sandhi in Chinese dialects and its theoretical analysis). 当代语言学 (Contemporary Linguistics) 16.2. In Chinese. 

Zhang, J. (2014). Tones, tonal phonology, and tone sandhi. In C.-T. James Huang, Y.-H. Audrey Li, and Andrew Simpson (eds.), The handbook of Chinese linguistics. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. 443-464. 

Zhang, J. (2014). Tone sandhi. In Mark Aronoff (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics. Oxford University Press, New York.

Zhang, J. (2013). 实验音系学 (Experimental phonology). In Zhijie Wang and Dongdong Chen (eds.),《西方人文社科前沿述评》(Frontiers in Western humanities and social sciences research, Linguistics volume). People’s University Press, Beijing, China. 89-115. In Chinese. 


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