Mentor: Ratree Wayland
College of Linguistics
"I originally applied to the Scholars program because I have had very little experience with laboratory research. I feel like there is a lot I can learn both from the process of completing a major academic project,and from working closely with an experienced mentor. I would really like to become more comfortable with academic writing and more familiar with the research procedure."
- Speech pathology
Herbert and Edith Peterson Scholarship (8/29/12)
Florida Academic Scholars Award (9/10/12)
University Scholars Program (9/17/12)
Historian for Horizons volunteer club
Orange and Blue Archery club
Helping a linguistics graduate student with their research project.
Taking a Korean language class at the Korean Baptist Church on Archer Rd
Horizons volunteer club: volunteered at animal shelters, children's events, and elephant sanctuary, ecological cleanup activities, and more
Hobbies and Interests
Perception of English Intonation by Native Mandarin Listeners
In this experiment we will be examining the participants’ perception and comprehension of English intonation. The participants will consist of two groups each of 20 participants, one of native Mandarin Chinese speakers with advanced English language study and exposure, and another control group of native English speakers. During the main experiment, the participants will be presented with 3 types of stimulus sentences auditorily over a pair of stereo headphones. The three types of stimuli will consist of the same 25 sentences produced with different intonation contours. The first type of stimuli sentence the participants will hear will be an incomplete clausal statement, with an intonation contour that implies the sentence could continue; there will be 50 sentences of this first type. The second type of stimuli sentence will be a declarative statement and will have the appropriate falling intonation. The third type of stimuli the participant will hear will be an interrogative sentence with the appropriate rising intonation. There will be 25 stimuli presented for both the second and third type of intonation stimuli, as compared to the 50 stimuli presented for the first type in order to give an equal ratio of complete to incomplete sentences. The participants will also be asked to rate the completeness of each stimuli sentence, as well as to answer comprehension questions pertaining to the specific meanings of each sentence that the differing intonations imply.