BIO

Major Research Interests
Experimental phonetics: the production and perception of speech, laryngeal control in consonants, distinctive tone, Southeast Asian languages, especially Thai.

EDUCATION

Education: B.A., 1949, Yeshiva University;
M.A., 1950, PhD, 1960, Columbia University.

EXPERIENCE

1943-46 U.S. Army
1950-53 Teacher, Jersey City, NJ public high schools
1953-55 Fulbright teacher of English and linguistics, Songkhla and Bangkok, Thailand
1959-63 Research Staff, Haskins Laboratories
1963-64 Associate Professor of Speech, Queens College and Graduate Center, City University of New York; Research Associate, Haskins Laboratories
1964-65 Research Staff, Haskins Laboratories (Acting Head, Speech Research)
1965-67 Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Queens College and Graduate Center, City University of New York
1965- Research Associate, Haskins Laboratories
1967-92 Professor of Linguistics, The University of Connecticut (Founding Department Head, Sept. 1967-Jan. 1974)

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

McIntosh, L., Nemser, W. J., Tafti, J. D., Abramson, A. S., Bineth, G. M., & Kluckhohn, J. (1957). English as a second language with special application to Hungarians. Rinehart: New York.

Lotz, J., Abramson, A. S., Gerstman, L. J., Ingemann, F., & Nemser, W. J. (1960). The perception of English stops by speakers of English, Spanish, Hungarian and Thai: A tape-cutting experiment. Language and Speech, 3, p.71-77.

Abramson, A.S. (1962). The vowels and tones of standard Thai: Acoustical measurements and experiments. Indiana U. Research Center in Anthropology, Folklore, and Linguistics, Pub. 20. Bloomington. (PDF)

 Fry, D. B., Abramson, A. S., Eimas, P. D., & Liberman, A. M. (1962). The identification and discrimination of synthetic vowels. Language and Speech, 5, 171-189. [Reprinted in D.B. Fry (Ed.) (1976), Acoustic phonetics: A course of basic readings (pp. 238–257). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.(PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1964). Speech acoustics for the mathematically unsophisticated. Review of Elements of acoustic phonetics by P. Ladefoged. American Speech, 39, 56-59. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1964). Review of The Speech Chain: The Physics and Biology of Spoken Language by P. B. Denes and E. N. Pinson. American Scientist, 52, 336A. (PDF)

Hadding-Koch, K., & Abramson, A. S. (1964). Duration versus spectrum in Swedish vowels: Some perceptual experiments. Studia Linguistica, 18, 94-107. (PDF)

Lisker, L., & Abramson, A.S (1964). A cross-language study of voicing in initial stops: Acoustical measurements. Word, 20, 384-422.(PDF)

Abramson, A. S., & Lisker, L. (1965). Voice onset time in stop consonants: Acoustic analysis and synthesis. Rapports du 5e Congrès International D'Acoustique, 1a. Conf. A51. (PDF)

Gårding, E., & Abramson, A. S. (1965). A study of the perception of some American English intonation contours. Studia Linguistica, 19, 61–79. (PDF)

Lisker, L., & Abramson, A. S. (1965). Stop categorization and voice onset time. Proceedings of the 5th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Munster (pp. 389-391) .Basel: S. Karger. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1966). Review of Thai-English student's dictionary, by M. R. Haas. Word, 22, 334-338.

Lisker, L., & Abramson, A.S (1967). Some effects of context on voice onset time in English stops. Language and Speech, 10, 1-28. (PDF)

Lisker, L., Abramson, A. S., Cooper, F. S., & Schvey, M. H. (1969). Transillumination of the larynx in running speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 45, 1544-1546. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1970). Review of Internal Juncture in Swedish, by E. Gårding. Language, 46, 480-486. (PDF)

Lisker, L., & Abramson, A. S. (1970). The voicing dimension: Some experiments in comparative phonetics. Proceedings of the 6th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Prague, 1967, pp. 563–567. [Reprinted in D. B. Fry (Ed.), (1976) Acoustic phonetics: A course of basic readings pp. 348–352). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.] (PDF)

Abramson, A.S, & Lisker, L. (1970). Discriminability along the voicing continuum: Cross language tests. Proceedings of the 6th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Prague (pp. 569-573). (PDF)

Abramson, A. S., & Lisker, L. (1970). Laryngeal behavior, the speech signal and phonological simplicity. Actes du Xe Congr. Int. des Linguistes, Bucharest., 4, pp. 123-129. (PDF)

Sawashima, M., Abramson, A. S., Cooper, F. S., & Lisker, L. (1970). Observing laryngeal adjustments during running speech by use of a fibreoptics system. Phonetica, 22, 193-201. (PDF)

Cooper, F.S., Sawashima, M., Abramson, A.S., & Lisker, L. (1971). Looking at the larynx during running speech. Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, 80, 678-682. (PDF)

Lisker, L., & Abramson, A.S (1971). Distinctive features and laryngeal control. Language, 47, 767-785. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S (1972). Tonal experiments with whispered Thai. In A. Valdman (Ed.), Papers on linguistics and phonetics to the memory of Pierre Delattre (pp. 29-55). The Hague: Mouton. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1972). Word-final stops in Thai. In J. G. Harris & R. B. Noss (Eds.), Tai Phonetics and Phonology (pp. 1-7). Bangkok: Central Institute of English Language. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S., & Lisker, L. (1972). Voice timing in Korean stops. Proceedings of the 7th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Montreal. (pp. 439-446). The Hague: Mouton. (PDF)

Lisker, L., & Abramson, A. S. (1972). Glottal modes in consonant distinctions. Proceedings of the 7th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Montreal. (pp. 366-370). The Hague: Mouton. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1972). Discussion of plenary address by J-C. Lafon. Proceedings of the 7th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Montreal (pp. 25-26). The Hague: Mouton.

Abramson, A.S, & Lisker, L. (1973). Voice-timing perception in Spanish word-initial stops. Journal of Phonetics, 1, 1-8. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1974). Experimental phonetics in phonology: Vowel duration in Thai. Pasaa: Notes and News about Language Teaching and Linguistics in Thailand, 4, 71–90. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1974). Review of Preliminaries to Linguistic Phonetics, by P. Ladefoged. International Journal of American Linguistics, 40, 331-334.(PDF)

Sebeok, T., Abramson, A. S., Hymes, D., Rubenstein, H., Stankiewicz, E., & Spolsky, B. (Eds.) (1974). Current Trends in Linguistics, Vol.12: Linguistics and Adjacent Arts and Sciences.The Hague: Mouton.


Abramson, A. S. (1974). Phonetics: An overview. In T. Sebeok, et al. (Eds.) (1974). Current Trends in Linguistics, Vol. 12. (pp. 2187-2200). The Hague: Mouton. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S (1975). The tones of Central Thai: Some perceptual experiments. In J.G. Harris & J.R. Chamberlain (Eds.), Studies in Thai linguistics in honor of William J. Gedney (pp. 1-16). Bangkok: Central Institute of English Language. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1976). Thai tones as a reference system. In T. W. Gething, J. G. Harris, & P. Kullavanijaya (Eds.). Tai Linguistics in Honor of Fang-Kuei Li (pp. 1-14). Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S (1977). Laryngeal timing in consonant distinctions. Phonetica, 34, 295-303. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S (1978). Static and dynamic acoustic cues in distinctive tones. Language and Speech, 21, 319-325. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1978). The phonetic plausibility of the segmentation of tones in Thai phonology. Proceedings of the 12th International Congress of Linguists, Vienna, pp. 760-763. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1979). Lexical tone and sentence prosody in Thai. Proceedings of the 9th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, vol. 2, pp. 380-387. Copenhagen: Institute of Phonetics, University of Copenhagen.

Abramson, A. S. (1979). The coarticulation of tones: An acoustic study of Thai. In T. L. Thongkum, P. Kullavanijaya, V. Panupong, & K. Tingsabadh (Eds.) Studies in Tai and Mon-Khmer Phonetics and Phonology in Honour of Eugénie J. A. Henderson. (pp. 1-9). Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S (1979). The noncategorical perception of tone categories in Thai. In B. Lindblom & S. Ohman, Frontiers of speech communication research (pp. 127-134). London: Academic. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S., Nye, P.W., Henderson, J.B., & Marshall, C.W. (1981). Vowel height and the perception of consonantal nasality. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 70. 329-339. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1983). Review of Studies in Comparative Phonetics by Pierre Delattre. Phonetica, 40, 334-337. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1984). Obituary for Dennis Butler Fry. Speech Communication, 3, 167-168. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S., & Lisker, L. (1985). Relative power of cues: Fo shift versus voice timing. In V. Fromkin (Ed.). Phonetic linguistics: Essays in honor of Peter Ladefoged (pp. 25-33). New York: Academic Press. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1986). The perception of word-initial consonant length: Pattani Malay. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 16, 8-16. (PDF)

Lisker, L., & Abramson, A.S (1987). Phonetic validation of distinctive features: A test case in French. R. Chanon & L. Shockey (Eds.), In honor of Ilse Lehiste (pp. 183-190). Paris: Dordrecht. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1987). Review of Patterns of Sounds by Ian Maddieson.
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 82, 720-721. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1987). Word-initial consonant length in Pattani Malay. Proceeding s of the XIth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Vol. 6 (pp. 68-70). Tallinn: Academy of Sciences of the Estonian S.S.R. (PDF)

Abramson A. S. (1988). Consideration of the principles of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 18, 66-67. (PDF)
Abramson, A. S. (1989). Laryngeal control in the plosives of Standard Thai. Pasaa, 19, 85-93. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S. & Ren, N. (1990). Distinctive vowel length: Duration versus spectrum in Thai. Journal of Phonetics, 18, 79-92. (PDF)

Whalen, D.H., Abramson, A.S., Lisker, L., & Mody, M. (1990). Gradient effects of Fo on stop consonant voicing judgments. Phonetica, 47, 36-49. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S. (1991). Amplitude as a cue to word-initial consonant length: Pattani Malay. Proceedings of the XIIth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Vol. 3 (pp. 98-101). Aix-en-Provence: Université de Provence. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S., & Erickson, D.M. (1992). Tone splits and voicing shifts in Thai: Phonetic plausibility. In Pan-Asiatic Linguistics: Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Languages and Linguistics, Vol. I (pp. 1-16). Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University. (PDF)

Whalen, D. H., Abramson, A. S., Lisker, L., & Mody, M. (1993). F0 gives voicing information even with unambiguous VOTs. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 93, 2152-2159. (PDF)

Tingsabadh, K., & Abramson, A. S. (1993). Thai. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 23, 24-28. [Reprinted with revisions in International Phonetic Association (1999). Handbook of the International Phonetic Association (pp. 147–150). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.] (PDF)

Abramson, A.S (1995). Laryngeal timing in Karen obstruents. In F. Bell-Berti & L.J. Raphael (Eds.), Producing speech: Contemporary issues (pp. 155-165). New York: American Institute of Physics. (PDF)

Lisker, L., & Abramson, A. S. (1995). A long-short vowel dichotomy in fluent English? Proceedings of the XIIIth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, vol. 3 (pp. 226-229). Stockholm: Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University.

Abramson, A. S., & Lisker, L. (1995). Voice timing for stop classification in conversational English. Proceedings of the XIIIth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Vol. 4 (pp. 128-131). Stockholm: Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University.

Abramson, A. S. (1996). The stability of the Thai three-way voicing distinction in conversation. In Pan-Asiatic Linguistics: Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Languages and Linguistics, Vol. 1 (pp. 1-10). Salaya, Thailand: Institute of Language and Culture for Rural Development, Mahidol University. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (Ed.). (1997). Southeast Asian Linguistic Studies in Honour of Vichin Panupong. Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press.

Abramson, A. S. (1997). The Thai tonal space. In A. S. Abramson (Ed.), Southeast Asian Linguistic Studies in Honour of Vichin Panupong (pp. 1–10). Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1998). The complex acoustic output of a single articulatory gesture: Pattani Malay word-initial consonant length. In U. Warotamasikkhadit & T. Panakul (Eds.), Papers from the 4th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 1994 (pp. 1–20). Tempe, Arizona: Arizona State University Program for Southeast Asian Studies, Monograph Series Press.(PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1999). Fundamental frequency as a cue to word-initial consonant length: Pattani Malay. Proceedings of the 14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (pp. 591–594). Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S., & Tingsabadh, K. (1999). Thai final stops: Cross-language perception. Phonetica, 56, 111–122. (PDF)

Erickson, D., Abramson, A., Maekawa, K., & Kaburagi, T. (2000). Articulatory characteristics of emotional utterances in spoken English. Proceedings of the International Conference of Spoken Language Processing, 2 (pp, 365–368). Beijing.

Abramson, A.S. (2000). Obituary for Franklin Seaney Cooper. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 108. 1970–1971. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S. (2000). Speech as encoded language. In D. Burnham , S. Luksaneeyanawin, C. Davis, &M. Lafourcade (Eds.), Interdisciplinary approaches to language processing (pp. 3–16) Bangkok: National Electronic and Computer Technology Center. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S. (2000). The perception of voicing distinctions. In D. Burnham S. Luksaneeyanawin, C. Davis, & M. Lafourcade (Eds.), Interdisciplinary approaches to language processing (pp. 25–31). Bangkok: National Electronic and Computer Technology Center. (PDF)

Tingsabadh, K., & Abramson, A. S. (Eds.) (2001). Essays in Tai linguistics. Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press.

Abramson, A.S. (2001). The stability of distinctive vowel length in Thai. In K. Tingsabadh & A.S. Abramson, Eds., Essays in Tai linguistics (pp. 13-26). Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S. (2002). Review of Nina Grønnum & Jørgen Rischel (eds.), To honor Eli Fischer-Jørgensen: Festschrift on the occasion of her 90th birthday, February 11, 2001. Journal of Phonetics, 30. 709–712. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S. (2003). Acoustic cues to word-initial stop length in Pattani Malay. M.J. Solé, D. Recasens, & J. Romero (eds.). Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Science, Barcelona, 3-9 August 2003 (pp. 387–390). Barcelona: The 15th ICPhS Organizing Committee. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S. (2003). Review of A practical introduction to phonetics, second edition by J.C. Catford. Language, 79, 631–634. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S. (2004). Toward prosodic contrast: Suai and Pattani Malay. In Bernard Bel & Isabelle Marlien (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on tonal aspects of languages: Emphasis on tone languages (pp. 1–4). Beijing: The Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S. (2004). The plausibility of phonetic explanations of tonogenesis. In Gunnar Fant, Hiroya Fujisaki, Jianfen Cao, and Yi Xu (Eds.), From traditional phonology to modern speech processing: Festschrift for Professor Wu Zongji’s 95th birthday (pp. 17–29). Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S., L-Thongkum, T., & Nye, P.W. (2004). Voice register in Suai (Kuai): An analysis of perceptual and acoustic data. Phonetica, 61, 147–171. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S. (2004). In memoriam: Ignatius G. Mattingly, Ph.D., 1927–2004. Phonetica, 61, 172–174. (PDF)


Abramson, A.S. (2006). Leigh Lisker: 1918–2006. Phonetica, 63, 203–205. (PDF)


Koenig, L.L. & Abramson, A.S. (2006). Leigh Lisker (1918–2006). Acoustics Today, 2. Issue 4, 60. (PDF)


Abramson, A.S. (2006). In memoriam: Leigh Lisker. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 36, 275–266. (PDF)


Abramson, A.S, Nye, P.W., & Luangthongkum, T. (2007). Voice register in Khmu’: Experiments in production and perception. Phonetica, 64, 80–104. (PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (2007). The role of phonetics in linguistics and other fields. In Wirote Aroonmanakun (ed.), Unfolding linguistics (pp. 1–8). Bangkok: Centre for Research in Speech and Language Processing, Chulalongkorn University. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S. (2008). In Memoriam, Patrick W. Nye 1936-2008). Phonetica, v. 65, pp. 270-271.

Abramson, A.S. (2009). A Fuzzy Boundary Between Tone Languages and Voice-Register Languages. In Frontiers in Phonetics and Speech Science, (Ed.) Fant, G., Fujisaki, H., Shen, J., The commercial Press, pp. 149-155.

Abramson, A.S. & Luangthongkum, T. (2009). A fuzzy boundary between tone languages and voice-register languages. In Fant, G., Fujisaki, H., & Shen, J. (eds.), Frontiers in Phonetics and Speech Science. Pp. 149–155. Beijing: The Commercial Press. (PDF)

Abramson, A.S. (2013). Tones and voice registers. In Winskel, H. & Padakannaya, P. (eds). South and Southeast Asian Psycholinguistics. Cambrdge: Cambridge University Press, pp.223-232.

Ericson, D. & Abramson, A.S. (2013). F0, EMG and tonogenesis in Thai. Collected papers in honor of Katsumasa Shimizu. Journal of Nagoya Gakuin University (Language and Culture), 24.2, pp. 1—13. (PDF)

 


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