Our Department hosted MidPhon 18 (the 18th meeting of the Mid-Continental Phonetics & Phonology Conference) from March 22 to 24. MidPhon has been bringing together researchers and students in the fields of phonetics and phonology for nearly two decades from across the mid-continental region of the US and Canada. MidPhon has always been an informal and collegial meeting where ideas are exchanged and problems are solved collaboratively. This year's meeting was no exception. Thirty five different papers were presented, by graduate students and faculty from at least 14 different universities.
Our own faculty and students were also well represented under the presenters, with no fewer than six presentations by current or former students and faculty. Full information about these presentations, including links to their abstracts, is given below.
- Mike Opper: A morpho-prosodic typology of compound truncation.
- Harim Kwon: Social aspects of loanword adaptation - adaption of English word-final stops into Korean.
- Yan Dong: Production and perception of merging tones in Dalian Mandarin.
- San Duanmu: Vowel height.
- Amy Hemmeter: Gender effects on the production of vocal fry.
- Matthew Masapollo*: Who's talking now? Infant processing of vowels with infant vocal tracts parameters.
*Matt is an undergrad alum of our Department, and is now completing a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University. He presented on work together with his collaborators Linda Polka and Lucie Ménard.