Phonetic Lab

The Phonetic Lab, affiliated with the Department of Languages and Literature (School of Humanities and Social Sciences), is a specialized facility equipped with resources and equipment dedicated to the study and analysis of speech sounds, their production, and acoustic properties. It primarily serves researchers such as linguists, psychologists, and speech-language pathologists, who investigate various aspects of human speech and language. Currently, the Lab collaborates with a wide network of individual researchers and several international academic societies, organizations, and labs. The Director of the Lab is Dr Georgios Georgiou, Assistant Professor of Linguistics.

About

The Phonetic Lab opened in 2023. It comprises a specialized facility with resources and equipment for the study and analysis of speech sounds, their production, and acoustic properties. It is primarily used by researchers such as linguists, phoneticians, and speech-language pathologists to investigate various aspects of human speech and language. The Director of the Lab is Dr Georgios Georgiou, Assistant Professor of Linguistics. The lab is located in the Education Building of the University of Nicosia, room 305a, 3rd floor, and is affiliated with the Department of Languages and Literature.

Within the Phonetic Lab, researchers and experts have access to a wide array of tools and technologies tailored for in-depth investigations. The facility is outfitted with top-quality recording equipment, including high-fidelity microphones and digital recorders, ensuring the precise capture and storage of speech samples. Moreover, it provides a meticulously designed soundproof room that creates an environment conducive to high-quality speech recordings. Sophisticated analysis software are available to facilitate the examination and manipulation of recorded speech data. The lab also provides dedicated experimental setups for conducting research in speech perception, phonemic categorization, and related areas. These setups encompass computer-based experiments, eye-tracking systems, and other specialized equipment, facilitating a deeper understanding of how speech is perceived and processed.

Aims

  • 1
    Contribute to the field of phonetics and linguistics by making new discoveries and expanding our understanding of speech sounds and other language structures.
  • 2
    Foster collaboration across various academic disciplines and explore the intersections of phonetics and linguistics with other areas of study.
  • 3
    Provide educational resources and support for students and researchers interested in phonetics and linguistics.
  • 4
    Develop practical knowledge and tools that enhance clinical practices, particularly in fields like speech therapy and audiology.
  • 5
    Engage with the community through outreach programs, public lectures, and partnerships with schools and organizations.
  • 6
    Collaborate with researchers and institutions worldwide, enriching global phonetics research.

Staff

Research

The lab’s researchers are currently working on a variety of research projects. This is an indicative list of ongoing projects

L2 speech perception and the role of phonological short-term memory and nonverbal intelligence

Perception of Catalan vowels by Greek speakers

Attention control and discrimination of Greek consonants by Mandarin Chinese speakers

Speech production by Albanian heritage speakers in Greece

Grammatical structures produced by Greek heritage speakers in Chile

Child-directed speech in a bidialectal context

Acoustic features of speech sounds recorded using different recording devices

Machine learning algorithms and L2 speech perception

Speech production and communication disorders

If you have any research project ideas and are interested in collaborating with us, please feel free to contact us!

Publications

An indicative list of the lab’s publications

Georgiou, G. P. (2023). Comparison of the prediction accuracy of machine learning algorithms in crosslinguistic vowel classification. Scientific Reports, 13, 15594.

Georgiou, G. P. & Dimitriou, D.(2023). Perception of Dutch vowels by Cypriot Greek listeners: to what extent can listeners’ patterns be predicted by acoustic and perceptual similarity? Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics. doi: 10.3758/s13414-023-02781-7

Georgiou, G. P. & Giannakou, A. (2023). Discrimination of L2 vowel contrasts and the role of phonological short-term memory and nonverbal intelligence. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.

Georgiou, G. P. (2023). Speakers of different L1 dialects with acoustically proximal vowel systems present with similar nonnative speech perception abilities: Data from Greek listeners of Dutch. Speech Communication, 150, 32-40.

Georgiou, G. P. (2023). Nonverbal Intelligence Does Matter for the Perception of Second Language Sounds. Psych, 5(1), 123-132.

Georgiou, G. P. (2022). The acquisition of /ɪ/–/iː/ is challenging: Perceptual and production evidence from Cypriot Greek speakers of English. Behavioral Sciences, 12(12), 469.

Georgiou, G. P. (2022). Acoustic markers of vowels produced with different types of face masks. Applied Acoustics, 191, 108691.

Partners

The Phonetic lab is currently collaborating with a wide net of individual researchers, and has signed memorandums of collaboration with several international academic societies, organizations, and labs. The full list will be updated soon.

Ready to Collaborate?

If you are interested in becoming an official collaborator, please send us your academic CV together with a motivation letter.

  • Research Assistance: Collaborators often assist in conducting research experiments and studies related to phonetics and linguistics. This may involve tasks such as collecting and analyzing data, preparing stimuli, administering experiments, and organizing research materials.
  • Data Collection: Collaborators may be responsible for collecting speech data from human participants, either through recordings or direct observation. They may need to follow specific protocols to ensure consistent data collection and maintain ethical guidelines.
  • Data Analysis: Collaborators often participate in data analysis tasks, including transcribing and annotating speech recordings, coding linguistic features, and applying statistical techniques to analyze phonetic patterns and variations.
  • Literature Review: Collaborators may conduct literature reviews to gather relevant information and contribute to the theoretical and empirical background of research projects. This involves reading and summarizing existing studies, identifying knowledge gaps, and presenting findings to the research team.
  • Experiment Design: Collaborators may assist in designing experiments or studies by developing research protocols, designing stimuli, and implementing experimental procedures. They may also help in piloting experiments to ensure their effectiveness and make necessary adjustments.
  • Technology and Equipment Management: Phonetic research often involves specialized software, audio equipment, and analysis tools. Collaborators may be responsible for managing and maintaining this technology, including setting up recording equipment, troubleshooting technical issues, and ensuring data security.
  • Collaboration and Communication: Collaborators work closely with other members of the research team, including faculty, researchers, and fellow collaborators. They participate in regular meetings, discussions, and presentations to share progress, exchange ideas, and contribute to the overall research direction.
  • Presentation and Publication: Collaborators may be involved in presenting research findings at conferences, workshops, or seminars. They may also contribute to writing research papers, reports, or academic articles for publication in relevant journals.
  • Training and Mentorship: Experienced collaborators may have the opportunity to train and mentor new members of the Phonetic Lab. They may assist in providing guidance, sharing knowledge and skills, and supporting the learning and development of junior collaborators.