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Saturday, October 12 • 8:55am - 9:20am
miles-hercules & Zimman: Normativity in normalization: Methodological challenges in the (automated) analysis of vowels among non-binary speakers

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Normativity in normalization: Methodological challenges in the (automated) analysis of vowels among non-binary speakers

Despite recent increases in the voices of trans and gender non-conforming speakers, sociolinguistics has not kept pace in (re)formulating its tools and models for analyzing gender more inclusively. At the same time, (socio)linguists have been increasing relying on automated analytic tools such as forced alignment and automatic transcription. This paper explores how the automation of vowel formant analysis on the basis of binary gender shapes the results obtained. Utilizing interview data from multiple studies of non-binary individuals, we find that the F1 and/or F2 of several vowels varied significantly depending on the binary gender selected during the extraction and plotting phase. While their existence is unsurprising, these differences raise questions regarding the best analytic procedures in cases where binary gender cannot be unproblematically assigned. We conclude our talk with practical recommendations for studying non-binary voices and creating automated tools for phonetic analysis.

Speakers
DM

deandre miles-hercules

University of California Santa Barbara
LZ

Lal Zimman

University of California Santa Barbara


Saturday October 12, 2019 8:55am - 9:20am PDT
EMU Cedar & Spruce
  T: Vowels
  • Session type Talk
  • Chair: Kara Becker