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Workshop in General Linguistics (WIGL) 16
March 30, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
The 16th annual Workshop in General Linguistics (WIGL 16) will be held Saturday-Sunday, March 30-31 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Invited speaker: Caroline A. Niziolek, (Communication Sciences and Disorders) – “Language Made Audible: How Speech Acoustics Reflect Communicative Goals”
Our speech output reflects the plethora of processes that goes into its planning. Using acoustic analyses of words
produced in challenging circumstances (e.g. with abnormal sensory feedback, in a non-native language, or in the
presence of competitors), I will present evidence that speech is influenced by communicative goals, reflecting
processes of self-monitoring and response competition. I will use neuroimaging data to further demonstrate that
the brain generates goal-specific predictions for what our speech should sound like, and that mismatches in
prediction activate a neural circuit that helps to correct errors online. My lab’s ongoing work with language
learners and persons with communication disorders explores whether error correction mechanisms can
compensate for feedforward impairments in speech production.
The Call for Papers and more information about the event can be found at the WIGL home page.