Michael McAuliffe

Michael McAuliffe

Computational phonetician, psycholinguist, phonologist


Education

2010-2015

PhD, Linguistics; University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)

Thesis title: Attention and Salience in Lexically-Guided Perceptual Learning

Advisor: Molly Babel

2006-2009

BA, Linguistics; University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

Honors Thesis Advisor: Ellen Kaisse

Research Appointments

2015-Present

Postdoctoral Fellow; McGill University, Department of Linguistics

Supervisors: Morgan Sonderegger and Michael Wagner

2014-2015

Research Assistant; University of British Columbia, Department of Linguistics

Supervisor: Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson

2013-2014

Mitacs Accelerate Fellow; Malaspina Labs Inc.

Supervisor: Alex Escott

2010-2011

Research Assistant; University of British Columbia, Department of Linguistics

Supervisors: Gunnar Hansson and Douglas Pulleyblank

Consulting

2016

Vietnamese forced aligner; University of Ottawa, Department of Linguistics

Principle investigator: Marc Brunelle

2015-2016

3D face database analysis and animation; University of British Columbia, Departments of Linguistics and Psychology

Pricinple investigators: Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson and Janet Werker

2010-2011
Database development and management; Zabaan Language Institute

Honors and Awards

2010-2014
Four Year Doctoral Fellowship; University of British Columbia
2012
International Speech Communication Association Grant; 13th Conference of the International Speech Communication Association
2011
Linguistic Institute Fellowship; Linguistic Society of America.

Publications

Papers

2019
Babel, M., McAuliffe, M., Norton, C., Senior, B., Vaughn, C. The Goldilocks Zone of Perceptual Learning. Phonetica, 76, 179-200.
2016
McAuliffe, M., Babel, M. Stimulus-directed attention attenuates lexically-guided perceptual learning. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140 (3), 1727-1738.

Hall, K. C., Allen, C., Fairburn, T., Fry, M., McAuliffe, M., McMullin, K. Measuring Perceived Morphological Relatedness. Canadian Journal of Linguistics / La Revue canadienne de linguistique, 61 (1), 31-67.

2013
Babel, M., McAuliffe, M., Haber, G. Can mergers-in-progress be unmerged in speech accommodation? Frontiers in Psychology, 4.

Submitted and in preparation

accepted
Wagner, M. McAuliffe, M. The effect of focus prominence on phrasing. Journal of Phonetics.
in prep
Babel, M., McAuliffe, M. Perceptual Adaptation is Supported by Linguistic Knowledge.

Conference proceedings papers

2019
McAuliffe, M., Coles, A., Goodale, M., Mihuc, M., Wagner, M., Stuart-Smith, J., and Sonderegger, M. ISCAN: a system for integrated phonetic analyses across speech corpora. In Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 2019.

Mielke, J., Thomas, E. R., Fruehwald, J., McAuliffe, M., Sonderegger, M., Stuart-Smith, J., and Dodsworth, R. Age vectors vs. axes of intraspeaker variation in vowel formants measured automatically from several English speech corpora. In Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 2019.

Stuart-Smith, J., Sonderegger, M., Macdonald, R., Mielke, J., McAuliffe, M., and Thomas, E. R. Large-scale acoustic analysis of dialectal and social factors in English/s/-retraction. In Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 2019.

2017
McAuliffe, M., Stengel-Eskin, E., Socolof, M., and Sonderegger, M. Polyglot and Speech Corpus Tools: a system for representing, integrating, and querying speech corpora. In Proceedings of Interspeech 2017. Available at http://www.isca-speech.org/archive/Interspeech_2017/pdfs/1390.PDF.

McAuliffe, M., Socolof, M., Mihuc, S., Wagner, M., Sonderegger, M. Montreal Forced Aligner: trainable text-speech alignment using Kaldi. In Proceedings of Interspeech 2017. Available at http://www.isca-speech.org/archive/Interspeech_2017/pdfs/1386.PDF.

Wagner, M., McAuliffe, M. Three Dimensions of Sentence Prosody and their (Non-)Interactions. In Proceedings of Interspeech 2017. Available at http://www.isca-speech.org/archive/Interspeech_2017/pdfs/1500.PDF.

2016
McAuliffe, M., Babel, M., Vaughn, C. Do listeners learn better from natural speech? In Proceedings of Interspeech 2016. Available at http://www.isca-speech.org/archive/Interspeech_2016/pdfs/0610.PDF.
2015
McAuliffe, M., Babel, M. Attention, word position, and perceptual learning. In Proceedings of the 18th International Congress on the Phonetic Sciences. London: International Phonetic Association.
2012
Babel, M., McAuliffe, M., Narayan, C. Linguistic effects on talker discrimination: The effect of semantic cohesion. In Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Laboratory Phonology.

McAuliffe, M., Babel, M. Predictability Affects Vowel Dispersion and Dynamics in the Buckeye Corpus. In Proceedings of the 13th Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, 1398-1401. Available at http://www.isca-speech.org/archive/archive_papers/interspeech_2012/i12_1400.pdf.

Presentations

2018
Stuart-Smith, J., Sonderegger, M., McAuliffe, M., Macdonald, R., Mielke, J., Thomas, E., Dodsworth, R. Dialectal and social factors affect the phonetic bases of English /s/-retraction. Presented at the 16th Conference on Laboratory Phonology, Lisbon, Portugal.

Thomas, E., Mielke, J., Fruehwald, J., Holley, J., McAuliffe, M., Sonderegger, M., Stuart-Smith, J., Dodsworth, R., Kendall, T. Age vectors vs. axes of intraspeaker variation for vowel formants in North American and Scottish English. Presented at the 16th Conference on Laboratory Phonology, Lisbon, Portugal.

2017
Sonderegger M., McAuliffe, M., Bang, H-Y. Segmental influences on F0: cross-linguistic and interspeaker variability of phonetic precursors. Presented at the 4th Workshop on Sound Change, Edinburgh, UK.

Sonderegger, M., McAuliffe, M., Bozic, J., Bruno, C., Cowley, S., Jiang, B., Lamontagne, J., Schwarz, M., Su, J. Laryngeal timing across seven languages: phonetic data and their relationship to phonological features. Presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Austin, USA.

2016
Babel, M., McAuliffe, M., Lawler, Z., Norton, C. Category typicality in perceptual learning. Presented at the 15th Conference on Laboratory Phonology, Ithaca, USA.

Cruz-Pavía, I., Gervain, J., McAuliffe, M., Vatikiotis-Bateson, E. Chunking the phrase: Acoustic and facial movement cues to word order in Infant- and Adult- Directed Speech. Presented at the 2016 International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, USA.

McAuliffe, M., Sonderegger, M., Wagner, M. A system for unified corpus analysis, applied to polysyllabic shortening across 12 languages. Presented at Montreal- Ottawa-Laval-Toronto Phonology Workshop 2016, Ottawa, Canada.

2015
Cruz-Pavía, I., McAuliffe, M., Werker, J. F., Gervain, J., Vatikiotis-Bateson, E. Visual Cues to Phrase Segmentation and the Acquisition of Word Order. Poster presented at FAAVSP - The 1st Joint Conference on Facial Analysis, Animation and Auditory-Visual Speech Processing, Vienna, Austria.

Hall, K. C., Allen, B., Fry, M., Mackie, S., McAuliffe, M. Calculating functional load with pronunciation variants. Presented at the Modeling variability in speech workshop, Stuttgart, Germany.

McAuliffe, M., Babel, M. High variability contexts inhibit lexically-guided perceptual learning – or do they? Poster presented at the Modeling variability in speech workshop, Stuttgart, Germany.

2014
Babel, M., McAuliffe, M., McGuire, G. Spectral similarity and listener judgments of phonetic accommodation. Presented at the Workshop on Interpersonal coordination and phonetic convergence, Cologne, Germany.

Mackie, S., Hall, K. C., Allen, B., Fry, M., McAuliffe, M. Phonological CorpusTools: A free, opensource tool for phonological analysis. Presented at the 14th Conference on Laboratory Phonology, Tokyo, Japan.

McAuliffe, M., Babel, M. Toward a holistic measure of reduction in spontaneous speech. Presented at the 14th Conference on Laboratory Phonology, Tokyo, Japan.

2013
McAuliffe, M. Sources of lexical statistics affect model performance. Presented at the 29th Northwest Linguistics Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Invited talks and workshops

2017
McAuliffe, M. Workshop on forced alignment using the Montreal Forced Aligner. Workshop at University of British Columbia, September 15, 2017. Materials available at [http://montreal-forced-aligner.readthedocs.io/en/latest/example.html] (http://montreal-forced-aligner.readthedocs.io/en/latest/example.html)

McAuliffe, M. Workshop on speech synethesis using STRAIGHT. Workshop at University of Connecticut, February 23-24, 2017. Materials available at https://memcauliffe.com/straight_workshop/.

2016
McAuliffe, M. Dual nature of perceptual learning: Robustness and specificity. Colloquium at the McGill University Department of Linguistics, September 23, 2016.

McAuliffe, M., Sonderegger, M. Speech Corpus Tools: an application for easier analysis of large speech corpora. Presented at the Tools for Big Data in Laboratory Phonology, July 13, 2016. Materials available at http://speech-corpus-tools.readthedocs.io/en/latest/tutorial/tutorial.html.

McAuliffe, M., Sonderegger, M. Easier speech corpus analysis: A practical introduction to Montreal Corpus Tools (including Speech Corpus Tools). Scottish Graduate School of Social Science; University of Glasgow, April 28, 2016.

McAuliffe, M. Hacking mixed models without hacking p-values. Presented at the University of Ottawa Department of Linguistics, March 29, 2016. Materials available at https://memcauliffe.com/workshops/statistics/032816/.

2015
McAuliffe, M. Statistical phonological analysis in corpora using Phonological Corpus Tools. Presented at Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music; McGill University, October 2, 2015.

Service

Technical skills mentor

2015-2017
Department of Linguistics at McGill Univeristy
2014-2015
Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia

Open source software

Maintainer for:

Contributer to:

Minor contribution of bugfixes and improvements to Menpo, Menpo3d, Py2neo, and textgrid.

Languages

Native
English
Extensive
Japanese, German
Elementary
French

Technical skills

Languages
Python, R, Matlab, JavaScript
Frameworks
Django, AngularJS, Vue.js, PyQt, Keras, PyTorch
Databases
SQL, Neo4j, InfluxDB
Other
Praat, LaTeX, Kaldi

https://memcauliffe.com

https://github.com/mmcauliffe

Department of Linguistics, McGill University

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Last updated June 14, 2019