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ANU-CoEDL ZOOM Seminar: Draft Design for Phonological & Phonetic Comprehension & Production Tasks, Josh Roberts, 2 July

Australian National University, Outreach

Date: 18 June 2021

Seminar: Draft Design for Phonological and Phonetic Comprehension and Production Tasks

Speaker: Josh Roberts

When: 2 July 2021, 3pm-4.30pm (AEST)

Where: via zoom (please email for zoom link invitation)


This talk is a preliminary discussion with an eye towards gathering feedback regarding experimental design. My PhD research examines how Indigenous children in Alice Springs acquire their phonological systems and pronunciation of their languages. Specifically, the families involved in the project are families who identify as Arrernte, no matter the ways in which they communicate. As a part of this research, my colleagues and I will be employing two experimental tasks to gather data regarding these children’s phonological and phonetic development at various ages. These tasks are designed to target the voicing contrast of stops in English and the four-way contrast in coronal stops in Western Arrernte and in Eastern and Central Arrernte.  

The first of these tasks is a mispronunciation detection task to ascertain which distinctions are phonemic in the participants’ phonological systems. The second task is a picture naming task to obtain recordings of children saying words containing the target phonemes for acoustic analysis. In this talk I will go through the design methodology of these tasks, including the proposed design and running of each task, the stimuli chosen and the reasons why, and the method of recording and data collection using these tasks. I will also discuss the planned method of analysis for the data which is collected. 

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