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Una Chow

  • Master's Student (ended on Jun 1, 2017)

Teaching Assistant

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Fall 2016   - LING 201   Introduction to Linguistics
Fall 2016   - LING 341   Phonetics I
Fall 2015   - LING 303   Phonology I
Winter 2015   - CHIN 317.01   Chinese Civilization
Fall 2014   - LING 441   Phonetics II
Fall 2013   - LING 201   Introduction to Linguistics

Research Assistant

Winter 2014, Winter 2015
Principal Investigator: Stephen Winters
Project: Identifying the Phonetic Source of the Familiar Talker Advantage

Research Interests

Tones and intonation
Speech perception and production
Exemplar theory
Prosody and information structure
Computational linguistics

Research

Master's Thesis: An exemplar-based model of intonation perception of statements and
questions in English, Cantonese and Mandarin

MA Supervisor: Prof. Stephen Winters

(On leave: May - August 2015 & January - August 2016)

Publications

Chow, U. Y. (2016). L2 transfer of stress, tones, and intonation from Mandarin: A case study. Calgary Working Papers in Linguistics, 29, 19-40. [read paper]

Chow, U. Y., & Winters, S. J. (2016). Perception of intonation in Cantonese: Native listeners versus an exemplar-based model. Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association. University of Calgary, Canada. Peer-reviewed by abstract. [read paper]

Chow, U. Y., & Winters, S. J. (2016). Perception of statement and question intonation: Cantonese versus Mandarin. Proceedings of the 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, 13-16. Parramatta, Australia. Peer-reviewed. [read paper]

Chow, U. Y., & Winters, S. J. (2016). The role of the final tone in signaling statements and questions in Mandarin. Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, 167-171. University at Buffalo, USA. Peer-reviewed. [read paper]

Chow, U. Y., & Winters, S. J. (2015). Exemplar-based classification of statements and questions in Cantonese. In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (Ed.), Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow. ISBN 978-0-85261-941-4. Paper number 0987.1-5. Peer-reviewed. [read paper]

Chow, U. Y. (2014). Intonation patterns of double subjects in Mandarin: Evidence in support of a possessive structure. Proceedings of the 30th Northwest Linguistics Conference, Working Papers in Linguistics, 4, 11-23. Simon Fraser University, Canada. Peer-reviewed by abstract. [read paper]

Presentations

Chow, U. Y. (2017, May). An investigation of Blackfoot pitch accent. Poster presented at the Language Research Centre Graduate Poster Symposium, University of Calgary, Canada.

Chow, U. Y., & Winters, S. J. (2017, May). An exemplar-based learning model of English sentence intonation. Paper presented at the 33rd Northwest Linguistics Conference, University of British Columbia, Canada.

Chow, U. Y., & Winters, S. J. (2017, May). An investigation of native and naive listeners' perception of Mandarin intonation using exemplar-based simulations. Poster presented at the 3rd NorthWest Phon{etics;ology} Conference, University of British Columbia, Canada.

Chow, U. Y., & Winters, S. J. (2016, October). The influence of lexical tones and semantics on the identification of statements and echo questions in Cantonese. Paper presented at the Alberta Conference on Linguistics, University of Calgary, Canada.

Chow, U. Y., & Winters, S. J. (2016, June). An exemplar-based model of English intonation. Paper presented at the Satellite Workshop: A Common Prosody Platform for Comparing Prosodic Theories, 8th International Conference on Speech Prosody, Boston University, USA.

Chow, U. Y., & Winters, S. J. (2016, April). Creaky voice as a cue in an exemplar-based classification of English statements and questions. Paper presented at the 32nd Northwest Linguistics Conference, University of Washington, USA.

Chow, U. Y., & Winters, S. J. (2016, March). Perception of intonation in Cantonese: Native listeners versus exemplar-based model. Paper presented at the 3rd Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics, Ohio State University, USA.

Chow, U. Y., & Winters, S. J. (2015, June). Perception of statements and questions in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Poster presented at the 1st NorthWest Phon{etics;ology} Conference, University of Oregon, USA.

Chow, U. Y. (2015, April). Intonation transfer from Mandarin to a second language. Poster presented at the Language Research Centre Graduate Poster Symposium, University of Calgary, Canada.

Chow, U. Y., & Winters, S. J. (2014, November). Designing an exemplar-based computational model of intonation perception of English statements and questions. Paper presented at the Alberta Conference on Linguistics, University of Alberta, Canada.

Chow, U. Y. (2014, June). Intonation patterns of double subjects in Mandarin: Evidence in support of a possessive structure. Poster presented at the International Symposium on Prosody to Commemorate Gösta Bruce, Lund University, Sweden. [Also presented at NWLC in April 2014. June's presentation added new evidence from a 'neural net' computational model.]

Awards

Academic Scholarships:
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, 2013-2014 (declined), 2014-2015, 2015, 2016-2017
Faculty of Arts Graduate Scholarship, 2015
Faculty of Arts Dean's Office Graduate Scholarship, 2015
Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship, 2015
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's (SSHRC), 2013-2014

Research and Service Awards:
Graduate Students' Association's Academic Project Support Grant, 2017
Gösta Bruce Scholarship (International Phonetic Association), 2015
Graduate Students' Association's Professional Development Grant, 2015
Graduate Students' Association Award for Outstanding Contribution, 2015
Faculty of Graduate Studies Travel Award, 2014
Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) Award, 2013  [read story]

Photograph of Una Chow

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