Another year has passed and academic platform bombard us with end-of-year summaries. So, here are the most-read HLP Lab papers of 2015. Congratulations to Dave Kleinschmidt, who according to ResearchGate leads the 2015 HLP Lab pack with his beautiful paper on the ideal adapter framework for speech perception, adaptation, and generalization. The paper was cited 22 times in the first 6 months of being published! Well deserved, I think … as a completely neutral (and non-ideal) observer ;).
Academia.edu mostly agreed, though another paper on speech perception received even more interest in terms of downloads: Kodi Weatherholtz‘s amazingly succinct and thorough review of resarch on speech perception and generalization across speakers and accents.
The front runner on academia.edu in 2015, however, was Lis Norcliffe‘s (MPI, Nijmegen) exhaustive review of cross-linguistic psycholinguistics and its critical role in theory development: early beginnings and recent advances (co-authored with Alice Harris at UMass), which served as the introduction to our sp in Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience on, well, cross-linguistic psycholinguistics. I very much enjoyed collaborating on this special issue—if you haven’t, please check out the issue. It has many cool papers that make innovative use of language-specific properties to study interesting questions in psycholinguistics that would be difficult (or impossible) to address in studying only English and related languages.
Finally, the most recent buzz (over 200 views in two weeks) focused on … Buz. Esteban Buz that is. His paper on dynamically adapted context-specific hyper-articulation investigates how (non-verbal) interlocutor feedback affects subsequent pronunciation of phonetic contrasts (co-authored with Michael Tanenhaus). His results argue that speakers can dynamically adjust their articulations in a targeted way—hyper-articulating only the part of the signal that is most important for successful communication—when there is enough information to allow them to isolate the cause for previous miscommunications (see also his joint paper with Scott Seyfarth, UCSD, soon to come out in JASA).
There’s lots of other work that I enjoyed in 2015, but this is the snapshot of 2015 in numbers. Back to research!