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Santiago Barreda

Education

  • Ph.D., Linguistics, Phonetics, University of Alberta, 2013
  • M.A., Hispanic Studies, Language and Linguistics, University of Western Ontario, 2008
  • B.A., Linguistics, and Spanish Language and Literature, University of Western Ontario, 2006

About

Santiago Barreda has expertise in phonetics, speech perception and psycholinguistics. His primary research interest is the investigation of vowel perception, with a focus on the active role of the listener in perception. He also is interested in how apparent speaker characteristics are perceived and how these might interact with speech perception.

Research Focus

Santiago Barreda’s primary research interest is the investigation of vowel perception, with a focus on the active role of the listener in perception. He is also interested in how apparent speaker characteristics are identified by listeners and how these might interact with speech perception.

His approach is to investigate these topics through perceptual experiments in which behavioral measures are collected in order to test specific hypotheses regarding vowel perception.

Professor Barreda is also interested in modelling human vowel perception, with a focus on the psychological control structures that organize speech perception in listening situations, and on the integration of multimodal information, and information that is not typically considered central to speech perception.

Selected Publications

Barreda, S. (2016) Investigating the use of formant frequencies in listener judgments of speaker size, Journal of Phonetics 55: 1-18.

Barreda, S., & Georgia, Z. (2015) Speaker identity and spectral changes in word recognition. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVIII), August, Glasgow, UK.

Barreda, S., Kidder, I., Mudery, J., & Bailey, E. F. (2015) Developmental nicotine exposure adversely effects respiratory patterning in vivo. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology 208: 45-50.

Assmann, P., Barreda, S., & Nearey, T. (2013) Perception of speaker age in children’s voices. Proceedings of the 21st International conference on Acoustics, Montreal, 2013

Barreda, S., & Nearey, T. (2013) Training listeners to report the acoustic correlate of formant-frequency scaling using synthetic voices. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 133(2): 1065-1077.

Barreda, S. (2012) Vowel normalization and the perception of speaker changes: An exploration of the contextual tuning hypothesis. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 132(5): 3453-3464.

Barreda, S., & T.M. Nearey. (2012a). The direct and indirect roles of fundamental frequency in vowel perception. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 131(1): 466-477.

Barreda, S. (2011).The Tsuut’ina Vocalic System. Rochester Working Papers in the Language Sciences 6:1-10.

Teaching

Professor Barreda teaches courses in Phonetics, Hearing, and Experimental Methods.