Ashley R Keaton

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Position Title
Graduate Student

262 Kerr Hall
Office Hours
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  • University of Nevada, Reno – B.A., Spanish Language and Society


I am interested in what features of synthetic speech are most memorable or distinctive to a listener. My Master's Thesis investigated how phonetic information from synthesized speech is encoded into memory, and how this process differs from the encoding of natural speech.

My current research investigates how listeners evaluate computer voices when they use sociolinguistic variation that is typically associated with human voices. I am currently working on projects that address this question through three sociolinguistic variables: (ING) variation, uptalk, and creaky voice. 

Research Focus

Human-Computer Interaction; Speech Perception; Phonetics


  • Cohn, M., Keaton, A., Beskow, J., & Zellou, G. (2023). Vocal accommodation to technology: the role of physical form. Language Sciences.
  • Keaton, A. R. (2021). " You Have the Right to Keep Quiet": Translation Inadequacies in Nevada's Spanish Miranda Warnings. Language and Law/Linguagem e Direito.