Professor Anne Cutler recently presented a plenary speech at the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS) (opens in a new window), which was held on 10-14 Aug in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Professor Cutler's talk was entitled: "Big issues in speech perception: Abstraction and nativeness". (opens in a new window)
Anne discussed speech comprehension and a long line of research on adaptation (across talkers, across varieties of a language, to phonetic variability of different kinds, to disadvantageous listening conditions) that has revealed significant roles for veridical (episodic) memory and for decision-making based on analogical comparison.
Over 950 people attended the highly prestigious ICPhS conference, which is held once every four years. This figure included a number of MARCS Institute members and all presented at least one paper at the Congress.
MARCS Institute staff in attendance included Professor Denis Burnham, Professor Cathi Best, Professor Chris Davis, Associate Professor Paola Escudero, Associate Professor Jeesun Kim, and Dr Vincent Aubanel, while PhD students Laurence Bruggeman, Jaydene Elvin, Mona Faris, Saya Kawase, Nhung Nguyen, Joey Ong, Valeria Peretokina and Simone Simonetti and also took part.
ICPhS is held under the auspices of the International Phonetic Association and provides an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of basic and applied research in the phonetic sciences.
The main areas covered by the Congress are speech production, speech acoustics, speech perception, speech prosody, sound change, phonology, sociophonetics, language typology, first and second language acquisition, forensic phonetics, speaking styles, voice quality, clinical phonetics and speech technology.
The last four Congresses were each attended by 800 - 1000 participants from all over the world.
The 19th ICPhS will be held in Melbourne in 2019, marking the first time that the conference has been held in the Southern hemisphere. Professor Denis Burnham and Associate Professor Paola Escudero accepted this bid.