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DepositComputer-Based Data Processing and Management for Blackfoot Phonetics and Phonology

More than half of the 6000 world languages have never been adequately described. We propose to create a database system to automatically capture and manage interested sound clips in Blackfoot (an endangered language spoken in Alberta, Canada, and Montana) for a phonetic and phonological analysis. Taking Blackfoot speeches as input, the system generates a list of audio clips containing a sequence of sounds or certain accent patterns based on research interests. Existing computational linguistic techniques such as information processing and artificial intelligence are extended to tackle issues specific to Blackfoot linguistics, and database techniques are adopted to support better data management and linguistic queries. This project is innovative because application of technology in Native American phonetics and phonology is underdeveloped. It enhances humanity with the digital framework to document and analyze endangered languages and can also benefit the research in other languages.

MemberBarbara Blankenship

…WonHo Yoo. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 33:2, December, 2003.– The time course of nonmodal phonation in vowels. Journal of Phonetics 30:2, April, 2002– The time course of breathiness and laryngealization in vowels. UCLA dissertation, 1997.– Classificatory verbs in C…

Less commonly taught languages, heritage-language learning, teaching methodology, endangered languages. Historical and comparative linguistics, phonetics, morphology, history of English.

DepositPolish Culture in Lesson 0

Culture and traditions constitute the essential elements in the process of Polish language education. The textbook Hurra po polsku. Podręcznik studenta by Małgorzata Małolepsza & Aneta Szymkiewicz in Lesson 0 introduces briefly Polish phonetic system and greeting expressions without offering any follow up exercises in the Hurra po polsku. Zeszyt ćwiczeń. Thus, it is an open field for Instructors of the Elementary Polish to create cultural and phonetic resources complementing Lesson 0.

Deposit‘A gente Anglorum appellatur: The Evidence of Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum for the Replacement of Roman Names by English Ones During the Early Anglo-Saxon Period

‘A gente Anglorum appellatur: The Evidence of Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum for the Replacement of Roman Names by English Ones During the Early Anglo-Saxon Period’ argues that Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica contains unnoticed evidence for the processes of transition from Roman to Anglo-Saxon toponymy in early Anglo-Saxon England. Bede uses two different formulas to specify that place-names are English: a gente Anglorum appellatur (‘called by the people of the English’) and lingua Anglorum (‘in the language of the English’). The first phrase is used exclusively of places whose English names show phonetic continuity with Roman ones; the second with a more heterogeneous group which mostly does not show phonetic continuity. This demands explanation. The explanation suggested here is that major places (likely to be spoken of throughout a whole gens) enjoyed greater stability of nomenclature than minor ones.

MemberWhitney Chappell

At UTSA, I teach classes on language and gender, bilingualism, sociolinguistics, Spanish phonetics and phonology, introduction to Spanish linguistics, and language and identity, among many others. My teaching philosophy is grounded in engaged, active student learning where the classroom is a fun, dynamic, and student-centered environment. In addition to sparking my students’ interest in linguistics, my goal is to help students become more inquisitive individuals who are capable of thinking critically inside and outside of the classroom. I also conduct research, and my work has been published in Language Variation and Change, The Journal of Voice, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Spanish in Context, Heritage Language Journal, Hispanic Studies Review, Hispania, and many other peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. In my research I am particularly fascinated by the nexus of sound and social meaning, and my research attempts to answer the following questions: How do we index our social affiliations through our use of phonetic variables? How do we use them to create closeness to or distance from certain groups? How much social information do we pick up on when we hear someone produce a particular variant? My publications delve into these questions in Central American Spanish and, more recently, in native and heritage Mexican Spanish in the United States. In pursuing these questions, my work sheds light on how phonetic variables help us construct and negotiate social identities and social memberships in Spanish. Finally, I contribute to my university through service work at the department, college, and university levels. My philosophy of service is simple: through leadership, organization, and teamwork my colleagues and I can work together to continually improve our university.

DepositThe phonologisation of redundancy: Length and quality in Welsh vowels

‘Phonologization’ is a process whereby a phonetic phenomenon enters the phonological grammar and becomes conceptualized as the result of categorical manipulation of phonological symbols. I analyse the phonologization of a predictable phonological pattern in Welsh, with particular attention to identifying criteria for whether phonologization has occurred. I argue for a model where phonologization experiences bottom-up and top-down biases. From the bottom up, there is pressure to phonologize phenomena with a categorical distribution; from the top down, there exist formal constraints on featural specification. I focus on the requirement for featural specifications to obey the Contrastivist Hypothesis, which denies that redundant features can be involved in phonological computation, in the context of a framework with emergent features. I suggest that the Contrastivist Hypothesis acts as a useful check for emergent-feature theories, whilst independent phonologization criteria provide contrastivist approaches with a more solid conceptual underpinning.

DepositFactors Affecting the Adoption of mHealth Services among Young Citizen: A Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) Approach

In Bangladesh, nearly everyone has access to a mobile phone and it is increasingly affordable and widespread in all clusters of people have significant impact to extend social relations. The telecom is one of the rapidly growing industries in Bangladesh. Mobile phone is playing a vary significance role with pervasive services. Dissemination of health related information to the general people was a great challenge for this highly populated country, but this problem is going to be erased by application of mobile phone in this regards. In this study attempted to determine and measure the various usages of mobile phone in Bangladesh among the young age group (patients) how they use Mobile phones to solve health related problem. Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) is used as the theoretical underpin to conduct this study. A questionnaire survey method was used to collect data from respondents in different public and private universities of Bangladesh. The data were analyzed using the Partial Least Squire (PLS) method, a statistical analysis technique based on structural Equation Model (SEM). Findings revealed that perceived usefulness (p 0.05) was identified as a less significant factor in the mHealth adoption in Bangladesh. The findings from the study can serve as input to promote citizen’s use of mobile phone for better self-management of health.