The RLL Speech Production Laboratory consists of a team of linguists interested in issues relating to Spanish Sociophonetics and Spanish Second Language Acquisition. The team currently consists of 20 members: 2 faculty in Romance Languages & Literatures, and 18 undergraduate research assistants. Many of our research assistants originally became interested in linguistic research by enrolling in an advanced Spanish Linguistics course in UM's Romance Languages & Literatures Department.
Our research requires the use of various software programs, including Praat, DMDX, SuperLab, Matlab, SPSS, R, and Movavi. We also own various digital recorders, microphones, pre-amplifiers, and noise-canceling headphones for field research. We have conducted past field research in Spain (Granada, Jerez de la Frontera, León, Madrid, Salamanca, & Toledo), Argentina (Comodoro Rivadavia & Sarmiento), and the United States (Chicago, IL).
The lab collaborates with other researchers in our research fields, including Isabelle Darcy (Indiana University), Meghan Armstrong (University of Massachusetts), Julie Boland (University of Michigan), Andries Coetzee (University of Michigan), Stephen Fafulas (University of Mississippi) and Miquel Simonet (University of Arizona).