RESEARCH

"ᨸᩣ᩠ᨠᨯᩣ᩠ᨿᪧᩈᩥ᩠ᨷᨣᩣᩴᨪᩣ᩠ᩅᨣᩣᩴ ᨷᩢᨴᩮᩢ᩵ᩤᩉ᩠ᨾᩣ᩠ᨿᨶᩣᩴ᩶ᩉ᩠ᨾᩧᨠᨯᩣᩴᨲ᩠ᩅᩫ᪑" *

Alif Silpachai

Me analyzing speech sounds in September 2019. Photo by Yasin Karatay.

 

I am interested in pronunciation and phonetics. Within pronunciation, I want to find the most efficient way to help learners improve their pronunciation of second-language segments and prosody. My target second languages are primarily English, Mandarin, Thai, and Lao. Within phonetics, I currently investigate three relationships: 1) the effects of nontonal speakers’ ability to perceive pitch on their ability to learn tone-words (words with tones), 2) how laryngeal contrasts perturb subsequent pitch, and 3) whether tones can be modulated by domain-initial strengthening (a phenomenon in which consonants are strongly articulated in prosodic domain-initial positions).

Current projects

Rethinking previous projects

Previous projects

* A Tai Lue (and Tai Khün?) proverb meaning "spoken words even if there are ten words or twenty words are not the same as one ink mark" (lit: speak-only-ten-word-twenty-word NEG-equal-mark-ink-black-CLF-one; Thai cognates: ปากดาย ๆ สิบคำซาวคำ บ่เท่าหมายน้ำหมึกดำตัว ๑). Notice how คำ rhymes with ดำ.

My interpretation from the perspective of a researcher: this is a warning to people who have amazing ideas but do not publish them. There probably have been many geniuses whose unpublished ideas we will never hear about.