Talking robot, TV speech, and more


Acoustics meeting lay language papers

How quickly do TV newscasters really speak? How can acoustics help preserve the salmon population? Does noise outside schools lower students' test scores?

These and other questions are addressed in lay-language papers for the joint meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and the Canadian Acoustical Association (CAA), to be held May 16-20, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel (655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7, Canada, 604-639-4820).

Even if you cannot travel to Vancouver, the detailed descriptions in the papers, along with contact information and supplemental visuals and sound files, enable you to cover the meeting from your desk. In addition, AIP's Martha Heil (626-354-5613 cell, [email protected]) will be onsite at the meeting to facilitate your requests. We encourage you to contact presenters as soon as you'd like, even before they head off to the meeting.

The following text lists some examples of lay language papers and additional meeting topics.


Changing Places, Changing Voices: A Study of Accent Change in Young Adults
by Bronwen G. Evans and Paul Iverson, University College London

A Robot that Mimics Human Speech
Kotaro Fukui, Waseda University et al.

The "Forbidden Experiment" in Language Development
By Mario A. Svirsky and Rachael Frush Holt, Indiana University School of Medicine

Pacific Northwest Vowels: A Seattle Neighborhood Dialect Study
By Jennifer Ingle et al., University of Washington

Not So Fast, Please: Temporal Features in TV Speech
by Natalia Uglova and Tatiana Shevchenko, Moscow State Linguistic University

Environmental Noise and Children's Academic Attainments
by Bridget Shield, London South Bank University

Using Sound Images to Count Salmon
By John Holmes et al., Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Airport Noise Complaints: Talking the Same Language
By Nancy Timmerman, acoustical consultant

The Healing of Bone - A New Field for Shock Waves?
By Joerg Hausdorf et al., Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ.

Visualizing the Canadian English Vowels
By Robert Hagiwara, University of Manitoba

Improving Shock Wave Lithotripsy Results
By Kenneth Pace et al., University of Toronto

The Glissando Illusion
By Diana Deutsch et al., University of California at San Diego

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ASA ( is the largest scientific organization in the United States devoted to acoustics. CAA ( is a professional, interdisciplinary organization devoted to acoustics in Canada.

Joint ASA/CAA Meeting, Vancouver British Columbia, May 16-20, 2005
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