Santiago Barreda

Santiago Barreda Portrait

Position Title
Associate Professor

265 Kerr Hall


  • 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


Santiago Barreda is a phonetician, mostly interested in speech perception. He is interested in questions like:

  • How do you know what speech sounds you are listening to?
  • How can you tell how big/small young/old someone is from their voice?
  • What does it mean to ‘sound’ like a ‘woman’ or a ‘man’?
  • How does speech perception relate to the perception of speaker characteristics

I investigate these topics using behavioral experiments (I play speakers a sound and ask them, what did you hear?), and using statistical models to investigate the results.

I also write software for phonetic analysis, lately focused on formant tracking.



Barreda, S. & P. Assmann. (in press). Perception of Gender in Children's Voices. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

Barreda, S. (2021). Perceptual validation of vowel normalization methods for variationist research. Language Variation and Change, 1-27.

Barreda, S. (2021). Fast Track: fast (nearly) automatic formant-tracking using Praat. Linguistics Vanguard, 7(1).

Barreda, S. (2020). Vowel Normalization as Perceptual Constancy. Language, 96:2, 224-254.

Asadi, S., Wexler, A. S., Cappa, C. D., Barreda, S., Bouvier, N. M., & Ristenpart, W. D. (2019). Aerosol emission and superemission during human speech increase with voice loudness. Scientific reports, 9(1), 2348.

Barreda, S., & Nearey, T. M. (2018). A regression approach to vowel normalization for missing and unbalanced data. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144(1), 500-520.

Barreda, S., & Assmann, P. F. (2018). Modeling the perception of children's age from speech acoustics. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143(5), EL361-EL366.

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


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