We are fortunate to have two labs dedicated to Phonetics:
The Phonetics Laboratory (Clearihue D345) was established by Jean-Paul Vinay and has operated in its present location since 1971 under the successive direction of Henry Warkentyne, Craig Dickson and John Esling. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty and visiting researchers work in the lab on a variety of speech production and perception projects. Students carry out class assignments and learn to use specialized equipment and a multitude of dedicated and web-based applications for observing, analyzing and processing the sounds of language.
Graduate students prepare their experiments, theses and dissertations in the lab, and students and faculty from other departments and institutions are welcome to use Phonetics Laboratory facilities to conduct their research. In addition to the auditory, articulatory and acoustic study of human speech, research projects in the lab have studied bird, seal and whale vocalizations. Lab software and courseware has been developed in close cooperation with the C.A.L.L. Facility for language learning and with Speech Technology Research Ltd. A considerable collection of archived data and of computer-accessed data from languages of the world has been built up over the years. The Phonetics Laboratory enjoys collaboration with faculty in Engineering, Music, Psychology, Education and Biology at the University of Victoria.
The Speech Research Laboratory (CLE D326) was established in 2008 by Dr. Sonya Bird and Dr. John Esling for advanced research projects that often require very specialized equipment and acoustical environments. This lab is equipped with a laryngoscope, an ultrasound, an audiometer, a sound booth, post production workstations, and other high quality video and audio equipment.
Research areas include:
Second language acquisition
Laryngeal and pharyngeal components of speech
First Nations languages of British Columbia