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Acoustical Society of America
It’s in the Tone: The Acoustics of Social Judgments and Linguistic Profiling
When you hear someone without seeing them, what types of judgments can you make based solely on their voice? Listeners are surprisingly adept at making judgments about gender, age, and race based on short speech samples, and they make these assumptions based on the voice itself rather than just content. These facts have implications for how marginalized groups and people experience the world, especially in institutions such as education and the criminal justice system. This talk explores the mechanisms by which we make sociolinguistic judgments based on the acoustic properties of the voice, and reflects on what language can tell us about identity and inequality.

Nicole Holliday is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania She received her Ph.D. in linguistics from New York University, where her dissertation focused on how individuals with one black parent and one white parent use linguistic variation in the realm of intonation to construct and perform their racial identities. Her scholarly writing has appeared in journals such as American Speech and Language in Society, as well as in public venues such as NPR, Bloomberg News, and the Washington Post.

Aug 20, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

It’s in the Tone: The Acoustics of Social Judgments and Linguistic Profiling
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