June 19, 2014

Seminar on Speech Production and fieldwork on Sorbian in Germany

Alexei Kochetov (faculty) and Phil Howson (Ph.D.) attended the 10th International Seminar on Speech Production was held in Cologne, Germany in May 5-8.

Alexei gave a talk, "Vowel coarticulatory effects on Kannada retroflex stops" (co-authored with N. Sreedevi, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing). Phil presented a poster, "An EMA examination of Czech alveolar and post-alveolar fricatives", co-authored with Alexei.

After the conference, Phil visited the Max-Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the University of Leipzig to collect phonetic data on Sorbian, an endangered Slavic language indigenous to the easternmost state of Saxony, Germany. He also visited the towns of Bautzen, Schleife, and Cottbus, the centres of the areas where the main dialects of Sorbian are still spoken. Phil's trip was funded by the University of Toronto Germany-Europe Fund.

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