Research in laboratory phonology has evolved rapidly over the past few years to include novel and innovative ways to gather data while operating within the constraints of imposed distance. This includes changes in ways we approach field work, making use of technological advances to facilitate gathering data and working with participants without requiring the researcher to be physically present. At the same time, novel advances in online experimental methodology have likewise allowed for the collection and presentation of speech data in virtual environments, as an alternative to traditional laboratory-based experimentation.
As these innovations become a part of the ‘new normal’ in research, this special collection assembles articles that document and discuss recent research making use of these methods for the benefit of the wider community. These papers address the opportunities afforded and challenges presented by conducting linguistic fieldwork and experiments that utilize remote collection, whether due to the pandemic, participant availability, or other issues such as political or climate-related factors, which make remote data collection beneficial.
The special collection brings together papers on the production, perception, and representation of phonological categories, both at the segmental and at the prosodic level. A wide perspective on the issue is given by contributions ranging from acoustic and articulatory investigations to neurophysiological and gestural studies, focusing on a variety of typologically different oral languages and on sign languages.
This special collection brings together research which advances our understanding of the role of prosody in speech processing, concentrating on research which widens the range of languages and language varieties which contribute to this understanding.
The special collection gathers papers on techniques and methods for the collection, analysis, and modelling of articulatory data. The focus is on the progress that these techniques and methods can make in laboratory phonology.
This series aims to stimulate debate on the theory and practice of prosodic transcription, and its role in prosodic typology, phonological theory, second language teaching, as well as in speech synthesis and recognition applications.