Perception study help

Valerie Fridland fridland at UNR.EDU
Mon Jun 26 23:33:12 UTC 2006

I am a sociolinguist at the University of Nevada, Reno and I am
administering a series of Internet-based perception tests designed to
examine variability in speech perception regionally (in the U.S.).
This research is supported by the National Science Foundation
(BCS#0518264).  While we are all familiar with differences in the way
people produce speech, we don?t really know a lot about how much
socially conditioned variability there is in what people hear when
they receive a speech signal.  This internet-based test is the first
in a series of tests to study this and I need volunteers from all
regions to participate.  The basic qualification to volunteer is that
you were born and raised in the U.S..  Getting some participants for
this first test is crucial, as it will provide key information for the
design of the subsequent tests.  Participation is very simple-
volunteers just need a computer with Internet access and (preferably)
a pair of headphones.   The test takes about an hour to complete.

If you are willing to participate or would like more information,
please email me at fridland at


Valerie Fridland
Associate Professor
Department of English/MS098
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV  89557

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