Selected Publications


  • Johnson, K. A. (2021). Leveraging the uniformity framework to examine crosslinguistic similarity for long-lag stops in spontaneous Cantonese-English bilingual speech. Accepted to Interspeech 2021. [[preprint]]
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  • Soo, R., Johnson, K. A., & Babel, M. (2021). Sound change in spontaneous bilingual speech: A corpus study on the Cantonese n-l merger in Cantonese-English bilinguals. Accepted to Interspeech 2021. [[preprint]]

  • Song, MY., Fong, I., & Eliora, A. (in press). Korean A-not-A Questions: Is it neutral or not? In D. K. E. Reisinger (Ed.), Papers in Pragmatics. Vancouver, BC: UBCWPL. [Paper]

  • Babel, M., McGuire, G., & Willis, C. (2021). The role of voice evaluation in voice recall. In B. Weiss, J. Trouvain, M. Barkat-Defradas, & J.J. Ohala (Eds.), Voice Attractiveness. Prosody, Phonology and Phonetics. Springer, Singapore. doi:10.1007/978-981-15-6627-1_6


  • McGuire, G., & Babel, M. (2020). Attention to indexical information improves voice recall. Proceedings of Interspeech 2020. [Paper]

  • Johnson, K. A., Babel, M., & Fuhrman, R. A. (2020). Bilingual acoustic voice variation is similarly structured across languages. Proceedings of Interspeech 2020. [Paper]

  • Johnson, K. A., Babel, M., Fong, I., & Yiu, N. (2020). SpiCE: A new open-access corpus of conversational bilingual speech in Cantonese and English. Proceedings of The 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, 4089–4095.

  • Mellesmoen, G., & Babel, M. (2020). Acoustically distinct and perceptually ambiguous: ʔayʔaǰuθəm (Salish) fricatives. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147(4), 2959–2973. doi:10.1121/10.0001007

  • Chan, L., Johnson, K., & Babel, M. (2020). Lexically-guided perceptual learning in early Cantonese-English bilinguals. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147(3), EL277–EL282. doi:10.1121/10.0000942


  • Babel, M., & Mellesmoen, G. (2019). Perceptual adaptation to stereotyped accents in audio-visual speech. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 1044–1048.

  • Babel, M., McAuliffe, M., Norton, C., Senior, B., & Vaughn, C. (2019). The Goldilocks zone of perceptual learning. Phonetica 2019, 76(2-3), 179–200. doi:10.1159/000494929

  • Babel, M., Senior, B., & Bishop, S. (2019). Do social preferences matter in lexical retuning?. Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, 10(1), 4. doi:10.5334/labphon.133


  • Senior, B., Hui, J., & Babel, M. (2018). Liu vs. Luke? Name influence on voice recall. Applied Psycholinguistics, 39(6), 1117–1146. doi:10.1017/S0142716418000267

  • Senior, B., & Babel, M. (2018). The role of unfamiliar accents in competing speech. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143(2), 931–942. doi:10.1121/1.5023681


  • Wong, P., & Babel, M. (2017). Perceptual identification of talker ethnicity in Vancouver English. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 21(5), 603–628. doi:10.1111/josl.12264


  • Szakay, A., Babel, M., & King, J. (2016). Social categories are shared across bilinguals’ lexicons. Journal of Phonetics, 59, 92–109. doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2016.09.005

  • Abel, J., & Babel, M. (2016). Cognitive load reduces perceived linguistic convergence between dyads. Language and Speech, 60(3), 479–502. doi:10.1177/0023830916665652

  • McAuliffe, M., & Babel, M. (2016). Stimulus-directed attention attenuates lexically-guided perceptual learning. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(3), 1727–1738. doi:10.1121/1.4962529


  • Babel, M., & Russell, J. (2015). Expectations and speech intelligibility. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 137(5), 2823–2833. doi:10.1121/1.4919317

  • Babel, M., & McGuire, G. (2015). Perceptual fluency and judgments of vocal aesthetics and stereotypicality. Cognitive Science, 39(4), 766–787. doi:10.1111/cogs.12179


  • Babel, M., McGuire, G., Walters, S., & Nichols, A. (2014). Novelty and social preference in phonetic accommodation. Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, 5(1), 123–150. doi:10.1515/lp-2014-0006

  • Babel, M., & Munson, B. (2014). Producing socially meaningful linguistic variation. In V. Ferreira, M. Goldrick, & M. Miozza (Eds), The Oxford Handbook of Language Production. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199735471.013.022

  • Babel, M., McGuire, G., & King, J. (2014). Towards a more nuanced view of vocal attractiveness. PLOS ONE, 9(2), e88616. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088616


  • Babel, M., McAuliffe, M., & Haber, G. (2013). Can mergers-in-progress be unmerged in speech accommodation?. Frontiers in Psychology, 4. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00653

  • Babel, M., Garrett, A., Houser, M., & Toosarvandani, M. (2013). Descent and diffusion in language diversification: A study of Western Numic dialectology. International Journal of American Linguistics, 79(4), 445–489. doi:10.1086/671772

  • Babel, M., & McGuire, G. (2013). Listener expectations and gender bias in nonsibilant fricative perception. Phonetica 2013, 70(1-2), 117–151. doi:10.1159/000354644


  • McGuire, G., & Babel, M. (2012). A cross-modal account for synchronic and diachronic patterns of /f/ and /θ/ in English. Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, 3(2), 251–272. doi:10.1515/lp-2012-0014

  • Babel, M., & Bulatov, D. (2012). The role of fundamental frequency in phonetic accommodation. Language and Speech, 55(2), 231–248. doi:10.1177%2F0023830911417695

  • Babel, M. (2012). Evidence for phonetic and social selectivity in spontaneous phonetic imitation. Journal of Phonetics, 40(1), 177–189. doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2011.09.001


  • Babel, M. (2010). Dialect convergence and divergence in New Zealand English. Language in Society, 39(4), 437–456. doi:10.1017/S0047404510000400

  • Babel, M., & Johnson, K. (2010). Accessing psycho-acoustic perception with speech sounds. Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, 1(1), 179–205. doi:10.1515/labphon.2010.009

  • Johnson, K., & Babel, M. (2010). On the perceptual basis of distinctive features: Evidence from the perception of fricatives by Dutch and English speakers. Journal of Phonetics, 38(1), 127–136. doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2009.11.001