Chris Montgomery at LEL seminar

Posted on January 31, 2020 by

Next Tuesday, 4th of February 2020, we will have Chris Montgomery from the University of Sheffield giving a paper on “What can real-time reactions to voice samples tell us about ‘salient’ features?” in SamAlex A101 at 4.15pm. Below is a short teaser:

“This paper will report on the results of two perception studies in which respondents were asked to react to spoken data in real time. Real-time reactions to speech have been of interest to researchers for some years (e.g. Watson & Clark 2013; 2015), most typically for what these reactions can tell us about how evaluations change as listeners hear a speaker (see Levon et al. 2019). The work I discuss here takes a different approach and is interested in the features that listeners consider to be indexical of regional speech.

To this end, I will present data relating to perceptions of two samples of speech from the Isles of Scilly (Montgomery & Moore 2018), as well as data collected in response to a sample from Stoke-on-Trent (Leach & Montgomery in preparation). I will demonstrate in respect of the samples from the Isles of Scilly that context is of vital importance for listeners as they attempt to identify regional features. The data from the Stoke-on-Trent sample will allow me to explore three issues: the realisation and placement of features in the audio sample; linguistic distance from Standard Southern British English (SSBE); and local and non-local indexical meanings of features.

Consideration of these factors will permit me to discus the complex ways in which listeners retrieve certain types of meaning from the speakers that they encounter in their everyday lives.”

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