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Douglas Wulf wins "Teacher of Distinction" award

Douglas Wulf wins "Teacher of Distinction" award

Congratulations to Doug on being awarded one of the "Teachers of Distinction " at George Mason. This recognizes his commitment to teaching and mentoring our linguistics students. He will be recognized and celebrated at the 2016 Celebration of Teaching Excellence on Monday, April 11, from 3:30pm-5:00pm in the main lobby of the Center for the Arts

Aseel Alammar wins award for best abstract

Aseel Alammar wins award for best abstract

Linguistics PhD student Aseel Alammar was recently awarded the Best Abstract Award from the 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference in Linguistics at the University of Georgia. She presented her paper : Second Language Perception of Word Segmentation, in October 2015.

A new paper by Tuuli Morrill, et. al. in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

A new paper by Tuuli Morrill, et. al. in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

During lexical access, listeners use both signal-based and knowledge-based cues, and information from the linguistic context can affect the perception of acoustic speech information. Recent findings suggest that the various cues used in lexical access are implemented with flexibility and may be affected by information from the larger speech context. We conducted 2 experiments to examine effects of a signal-based cue (distal speech rate) and a knowledge-based cue (linguistic structure) on lexical perception. In Experiment 1, we manipulated distal speech rate in utterances where an acoustically ambiguous critical word was either obligatory for the utterance to be syntactically well formed (e.g., Conner knew that bread and butter (are) both in the pantry) or optional (e.g., Don must see the harbor (or) boats). In Experiment 2, we examined identical target utterances as in Experiment 1 but changed the distribution of linguistic structures in the fillers. The results of the 2 experiments demonstrate that speech rate and linguistic knowledge about critical word obligatoriness can both influence speech perception. In addition, it is possible to alter the strength of a signal-based cue by changing information in the speech environment. These results provide support for models of word segmentation that include flexible weighting of signal-based and knowledge-based cues.

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GMU Linguistics Launches NEW ONLINE TESL Certificate

GMU Linguistics Launches NEW ONLINE TESL Certificate

Do you want to teach ESL to adults? If you are on a busy schedule, you can now earn a TESL Certificate at George Mason University completely online! Learn more about this fully-accredited graduate certificate program. Learn more here: http://masononline.gmu.edu/programs/teslgraduatecertificate/

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