This past weekend, Jason McLarty, Tyler Kendall, Charlotte Vaughn, and Charlie Farrington presented papers at NWAV 46, which was held at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI.

Tyler Kendall and Valerie Fridland: (Part of the “Sociolinguistics of bad data” workshop)

Tyler Kendall: Using large corpora in sociolinguistics (part of the “Sociolinguistics and forensic speech science: knowledge- and data-sharing” workshop)

Jason McLarty, Charlotte Vaughn, and Tyler Kendall: Acoustic correlates of perceived prominence in African American English and European American English

Charlie Farrington: Incomplete neutralization in African American English: The role of vowel duration

Jason McLarty talking about some prosody


UO LVC @ Methods XVI in Tokyo!

This week, Tyler Kendall is representing the UO LVC lab at Sixteenth International Conference on Methods in Dialectology (Methods XVI), which is being held at NINJAL (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics), in Tokyo, Japan.

Tyler Kendall & Charlotte Vaughn: Sociolinguistic variables and internal constraints from a listener perspective

Tyler Kendall, Charlie Farrington, & Jason McLartyPublic Corpora and Research on African American Language

Faculty Excellence Award for Tyler Kendall!

Congratulations to LVC Lab Director Tyler Kendall on winning a University of Oregon Fund for Faculty Excellence Award! To quote from the announcement, “This honor is granted in recognition of the significant impact of your scholarly work and your enduring commitment and contribution to our shared institutional spirit of learning, intellectual inquiry, and service.” Tyler’s work continues to be on the cutting edge of sociolinguistics and related work, and we are happy to see his work being recognized within the university.

For more information on Tyler and the other recipients of this year’s award, see this news brief from Around the O.

Digging into Data: SPADE!

April 2017

The LVC Lab is thrilled to be a part of the SPADE project (“SPeech Across Dialects Of English: Large-Scale Digital Analysis Of A Spoken Language Across Space And Time”), which has just been awarded a grant in the fourth Trans-Atlantic Partnership Digging into Data challenge.  Our team from the University of Oregon is working with an international partnership, including North Carolina State University (US), Glasgow University (UK), and McGill (Canada), to develop new tools and resources for advancing large-scale analysis of speech data.

See more on the DiD website: https://diggingintodata.org/awards/2016/project/speech-across-dialects-english-spade-large-scale-digital-analysis-spoken

Lab Members Shelby Arnson and Charlie Farrington receive Best Student Paper Award at NWAV 45!

Shelby Arnson and Charlie Farrington received the Best Student Paper Award for their paper presentation at NWAV 45, held in Vancouver, British Columbia on November 3-6, 2016. The title of their paper was “Twentieth century sound change in Washington DC African American English”. This paper utilized data from the soon-to-be released public Corpus of Regional African American Language. Their abstract can be found at the NWAV 45 website. The conference was hosted jointly by the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. Members of the Language Variation and Computation Lab at the University of Oregon are extremely proud of both Shelby and Charlie for this accomplishment.



Members of the LVC lab at NWAV 45

This past weekend several members of the LVC lab presented at NWAV 45, which was held at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Charlotte Vaughn and Tyler Kendall: What do listeners know about the sociolinguistic variable (ING)?

Shelby Arnson and Charlie Farrington: Twentieth century sound change in Washington DC African American English

Jason McLarty: The perception of prosodic prominence in African American English by naïve listeners

Tyler Kendall and John Rickford (Stanford University) (organizers): Future Directions for Research and Engagement on African American Language: A special panel session

Valerie Fridland (University of Nevada Reno) and Tyler Kendall: Regional Identity and Listener Perception in Special Session, Language Regard: Methods, Variation, and Change: Celebrating the Work of Dennis Preston



Congrats on NSF Doctoral Dissertation grant!

August 2016

Congratulations to lab member Jason McLarty for receiving NSF grant funding for his dissertation research examining ethnic differences in naive listener prominence perception.  Jason’s NSF grant supports his work to better understand differences and similarities in the prosodic patterns of African American and European American English varieties and how African American and European American listeners perceive these patterns.

NSF GRF awardee

April 2016

Congratulations to LVC Lab member Nate Severance who was just awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.  This award will help him conduct his doctoral research on documentation and sociophonetic analysis of languages in Burkina Faso.

LVC Lab in Seattle

March 2016

The LVC Lab is heading to Seattle for the 2nd Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics (CWSL) hosted by the University of Washington (CWSL website here) next month.  We’re excited to showcase some of the projects we’ve been doing and to see what other sociolinguists in the Pacific Northwest are up to.