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Leigh Lisker
Leigh Lisker

7 December 1918 -- 24 March 2006


Senior Scientist, Haskins Laboratories
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1941 A.B. University of Pennsylvania German
1946 M.A. University of Pennsylvania Linguistics
1949 Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania Linguistics


1942-43 Senior Translator, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1943-44 United States Army
1945- Linguist Instructor, U.S. Army; Russian Language Training Program, Indiana University
1947-48 Assistant Instructor of German; University of Pennsylvania
1949-50 Linguist Instructor in Hindustani; South Asia Regional Studies, University of Pennsylvania
1951-59 Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Dravidian Linguistics; University of Pennsylvania
1953- Visiting Lecturer in Hindi and Urdu; Georgetown University
1960-64 Associate Professor of Linguistics and Dravidian Linguistics; University of Pennsylvania
1962-64 Visiting Associate Professor of Oriental Studies; Princeton University
1963-64 Visiting Professor of Linguistics; Columbia University
1962 Director of language program, Ceylon Peace Corps Training Program; University of Pennsylvania
1965-89 Professor of Linguistics; University of Pennsylvania
1970-78 Chairman Department of Linguistics; University of Pennsylvania
1985- Visiting Professor of Linguistics; Osmania University, Hyderabad, India


Lisker, L. Minimal cues for separating /w,r,l,y/ in intervocalic position. Word, 1957, 13, 257-267.

Lisker, L. Linguistic segments, acoustic segments and synthetic speech. Language, 1957, 33, 370-374.

Lisker, L., Cooper, F.S., & Liberman, A.M. The uses of experiment in language description. Word, 1962, 18, 82-106.

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

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

Lisker, L. On time and timing in speech. In T.A. Sebeok (Ed.), Current Trends in Linguistics, Vol. 12, The Hague: Mouton, 1974, 2387-2418.

Lisker, L. Is it VOT or a first-formant transition detector? Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 1975, 57, 1547-1551.

Lisker, L., Liberman, M.A., Erikson, D.M., Dechovitz, D., & Mandler, R. On pushing the voice-onset-time (VOT) boundary about. Language and Speech, 1977, 20, 209-216.

Lisker, L. Factors int he maintenance and cessation of voicing. Phonetica, 1977, 34, 304, 306.

Lisker, L. & Baer, T. Laryngeal management at utterance-internal word boundary in American English. Language and Speech, 1984, 27, 163-171.

Lisker, L. The pursuit of invariance in speech signals. JASA, 1985, 77, 1199-1202.

Lisker, L. "Voicing" in English: A catalogue of acoustic features signaling /b/ versus /p/ in trochees. Language and Speech, 1986, 29, 3-11.

Lisker, L. On the articulatory interpretation of vowel "quality": The dimension of rounding. J. International Phonetic Association, 19, 1989, 24-30.

Lisker, L. and Rossi, M.. Auditory and visual cueing of the [± rounded] feature of vowels. Language and Speech, 1992, 35, 391-417.