Dr Marija

Dr Marija Tabain /məˈɹiːə təˈbæɪn/

Australian Research Council Future Fellow in Phonetics

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Department of Languages and Linguistics

HU2 415, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

A. Mus. A., L. Mus. A., B. Mus. (Hons-Melbourne), B.A. (Hons-Melbourne), Ph.D. (Macquarie)

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association; International Phonetic Association; International Speech Communication Association.

Area of study

Linguistics

Brief profile

I arrived at LaTrobe in 2005, following postdoctoral positions at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble in France; at the University of California, Santa Cruz; and at Western Sydney University. Prior to that I completed undergraduate degrees in music (pianoforte), modern languages (French, Italian and Russian) and linguistics at the University of Melbourne. I did my postgraduate training in phonetics at Macquarie University.

My research is in articulatory and acoustic phonetics, and my work has focused on many different languages, including the European languages English, French and Russian; and the Australian languages Arrernte, Pitjantjatjara, Warlpiri, Yanyuwa and Yindjibarndi. More recently I have also worked on languages of Africa and Asia - Goemai, Makasar, Lisu, Kannada and Malayalam. I have served on the executive of the Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association, and I am currently a member of the Permanent Council of the International Phonetic Association. I am also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the International Phonetic Association, and I am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Phonetics. I am also a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts.

Here is a link to a map showing the languages I have worked on. And this is a map we have put together showing all the Illustrations of the IPA.

And here is a link to the 2019 International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences, which we are hosting in Melbourne!

Research interests

Linguistic Anthropology

- Acoustic phonetics

- Articulatory phonetics

- Phonetic typology

Recent publications

Edited Books

  • Harrington, J. & Tabain, M. (eds) (2006). Speech Production: Models, Phonetic Processes and Techniques. New York: Psychology Press (ISBN 978 1 84169 437 5).

Edited Conference Proceedings

  • Tabain, M. , Fletcher, J., Grayden, D., Hajek, J. & Butcher, A. (eds) (2010). Proceedings of the 13th Australasian Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Causal Productions: Adelaide, Australia (ISBN 978 0 9581946 3 1).
  • Palethorpe, S. & Tabain, M. (eds) (2003). Proceedings of the Sixth International Seminar on Speech Production. Macquarie University: Sydney, Australia (ISBN 1 86408 871 0).

Journal Papers

  • Tabain, M. & Beare, R. (in press 2017). An ultrasound study of coronal places of articulation in Central Arrernte: apicals, laminals and rhotics. Journal of Phonetics.

  • Tabain, M. & Kochetov, A. (2017 - in press). Acoustic realization and inventory size: Kannada and Malayalam alveolar/retroflex laterals and /ɻ/. Phonetica

  • Tabain, M. (2016). Aspects of Arrernte prosody. Journal of Phonetics 59 1-22. DOI

  • Tabain, M., Breen, G., Butcher, A., Jukes, A. & Beare, R. (2016). Stress effects on stop bursts in five languages. Laboratory Phonology 7(1): 16 1–23.DOI

  • Tabain, M., Butcher, A., Breen, G. & Beare, R. (2016). An acoustic study of nasal consonants in three Central Australian languages. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 139 890-903. DOI

  • Tabain, M., Butcher, A., Breen, G. & Beare, R. (2016). An acoustic study of multiple lateral consonants in three Central Australian languages. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 139 361-372. DOI
  • Tabain, M. & Jukes, A. (2016). Makasar: Illustration of the IPA. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 46 99-111. DOI
  • Tabain, M. & Butcher, A. (2015). Lexical stress and stop bursts in Pitjantjatjara: feature enhancement of neutralized apicals and the coronal/velar contrast. Journal of Phonetics 50 67-80. DOI
  • Tabain, M. & Butcher, A. (2015). Stop bursts in Pitjantjatjara. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 45 149-176. DOI
  • Tabain, M. & Hellwig, B. (2015). Goemai: Illustration of the IPA. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 45 81-104. DOI
  • Tabain, M. & Butcher, A. (2014). Pitjantjatjara: Illustration of the IPA. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 44 189-200. DOI
  • Tabain, M., Fletcher, J. & Butcher, A. (2014). Lexical stress in Pitjantjatjara. Journal of Phonetics 42 52-66. DOI
  • Tabain, M. (2012). Jaw movement and coronal stop spectra in Central Arrernte. Journal of Phonetics 40 551-567. DOI
  • Tabain, M. (2011). EPG data from Central Arrernte: a comparison of the new Articulate palate with the standard Reading palate. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 41 343-367. DOI
  • Tabain, M. & Breen, G. (2011). Central vowels in Central Arrernte: a spectrographic study of a small vowel system. Journal of Phonetics 39 68-84. DOI
  • Tabain, M. , Fletcher, J. & Butcher, A. (2011). An EPG study of palatal consonants in two Australian languages. Language and Speech 54 265-282. DOI
  • Tabain, M. (2009b). An EPG study of the alveolar vs. retroflex apical contrast in Central Arrernte. Journal of Phonetics 37 486-501. DOI
  • Tabain, M. (2009a). A preliminary study of jaw movement in Arrernte consonant production. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 39 33-51. DOI
  • Tabain, M. (2008). Production of Australian English [ʉ:]: language-specific variability. Australian Journal of Linguistics 28 195-224. DOI
  • Tabain, M. & Perrier, P. (2007). An articulatory and acoustic study of /u/ in pre-boundary position in French: the interaction of compensatory articulation, neutralization avoidance and featural enhancement. Journal of Phonetics 35 135-161. DOI
  • Tabain, M. & Perrier, P. (2005). Articulation and acoustics of /i/ in pre-boundary position in French. Journal of Phonetics 33 77-100. DOI
  • Padgett, J. & Tabain, M. (2005). Adaptive dispersion theory and phonological vowel reduction in Russian. Phonetica 62 14-54. DOI
  • Tabain, M. , Breen, G. & Butcher, A. (2004). CV vs. VC syllables: a comparison of Aboriginal languages with English. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 34 175-200. DOI
  • Butcher, A. & Tabain, M. (2004). On the back of the tongue: dorsal sounds in Australian languages. Phonetica 61 22-52. DOI
  • Tabain, M. (2003b). Effects of prosodic boundary on /aC/ sequences: articulatory results. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 113 2834-2849. DOI
  • Tabain, M. (2003a). Effects of prosodic boundary on /aC/ sequences: acoustic results. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 113 516-531. DOI
  • Tabain, M. (2002). Voiceless consonants and locus equations: a comparison with EPG data on coarticulation. Phonetica 59 20-37. DOI
  • Tabain, M. (2001). Variability in fricative production and spectra: implications for the Hyper- & Hypo- and Quantal theories of speech production. Language and Speech 44 58-93. DOI
  • Tabain, M. (2000). Coarticulation in CV syllables: a comparison of EPG and Locus Equation data. Journal of Phonetics 28 137-159. DOI
  • Tabain, M. & Butcher, A. (1999). Stop consonants in Yanyuwa and Yindjibarndi: a locus equation perspective. Journal of Phonetics 27 333-357. DOI
  • Tabain, M. (1998). Non-sibilant fricatives in English: spectral information above 10 kHz. Phonetica 55 107-130. DOI

Conference Papers (full refereed papers)

  • Tabain, M. & Beare, R. (2017). An ultrasound study of alveolar and retroflex consonants in Arrernte: stressed and unstressed syllables. Interspeech 2017. Stockholm: Sweden, 3003-3007. DOI
  • Tabain, M. & Beare, R. (2016). A preliminary ultrasound study of nasal and lateral consonants in Arrernte. Interspeech 2016. San Francisco: USA, 2423-2427. DOI
  • Tabain, M., Kochetov, A., Sreedevi, N. & Beare, R. (2016). A comparative ultrasound study of coronal consonants in Arrernte and Kannada: manner contrasts. 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Sydney: Australia, 25-28.
  • Tait, C. & Tabain, M. (2016). Patterns of gender variation in the speech of primary school-aged children in the Australian English: the case of /p t k/. 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Sydney: Australia, 65-68.
  • Gregory, A. & Tabain, M. (2016). Fundamental frequency characteristics of infant vocalisations: a study in voice quality. 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Sydney: Australia, 1-4.
  • Tabain, M. & Beare, R. (2015). An EPG and EMA study of apicals in stressed and unstressed position in Arrernte. 18th International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow: Scotland.
  • Tabain, M., Breen, G., Butcher, A. & Beare, R. (2014). Lateral formants in three Central Australian languages. Interspeech 2014. Singapore: Singapore, 920-924.
  • Tabain, M., Breen, G., Butcher, A. & Beare, R. (2014). A spectral analysis of laterals in three Central Australian languages. 15th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Christchurch: New Zealand, 98-101.
  • Gregory, A., Tabain, M. & Robb, M. (2014). Consonant inventory of infants aged 0-6 months. 15th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Christchurch: New Zealand, 224-227.
  • Tait, C., Tabain, M. & Sykes, I. (2014). Stress-meter alignment in American hip-hop. 15th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Christchurch: New Zealand, 189-192.
  • Bowman, S., Tabain, M. & Zariquay-Biondi, R. (2014). Retention of Spanish coda /s/ in Kashibo-Kakataibo. 15th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Christchurch: New Zealand, 168-171.
  • Tabain, M,. Beare, R. & Butcher, A. (2013). A preliminary spectral analysis of palatal and velar stop bursts in Pitjantjatjara. Interspeech 2013. Lyon: France, 291-295.
  • Gregory, A., Tabain, M,. & Robb, M. (2013). Duration of early vocalisations. Interspeech 2013. Lyon: France, 1258-1262.
  • Tabain, M. & Fletcher, J. (2012). A preliminary study of intonation in Pitjantjatjara. 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Sydney: Australia, 213-216.
  • Stoakes, H., Butcher, A., Fletcher, J., & Tabain, M. (2012). Place or manner as perceptually salient in Yolngu Matha: A closed-set 4 AFC listening task in quiet and in noise. 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Sydney: Australia, 225-228.
  • Tabain, M. & Beare, R. (2011). A spectral analysis of stop bursts in Pitjantjatjara. 17th International Congress of the Phonetics Sciences. Hong Kong: China, 1934-1937.
  • Stoakes, H., Butcher, A., Fletcher, J., & Tabain, M. (2011). Long term average speech spectra in Yolngu Matha and Pitjantjatjara speaking females and males. Interspeech 2011. Florence: Italy, 1897-1900.
  • Gregory, A., Tabain, M. & Morgan, A. (2010). Fundamental frequency and perturbation in infant vocalisations. 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Melbourne: Australia, 162-165.
  • Tabain, M. & Beare, R. (2010). Jaw movement and coronal stop spectra: the case of Central Arrernte. 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Melbourne: Australia, 94-97.
  • Tabain, M. , Rickard, K., Breen, G. & Dobson, V. (2008). Central vowels in Arrernte: metrical prominence and pitch accent. Interspeech 2008. Brisbane: Australia, 1122.
  • Tabain, M. & Rickard, K. (2007). A preliminary EPG study of stop consonants in Arrernte. 16th International Congress of the Phonetics Sciences. Saarbrucken: Germany, 501-504.
  • Tabain, M. , Perrier, P., Savariaux, C. & Beare, R. (2004). An articulatory prosody study of /u/: motor equivalence. 10th Australian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Sydney: Australia, 432-435.
  • Tabain, M. , Perrier, P. & Savariaux, C. (2003). A kinematic study of prosodic boundary effects on /i/ articulation in French. 15th International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences. Barcelona: Spain, 2617-2620.
  • Tabain, M. , Perrier, P. & Savariaux, C. (2002). Prosodic boundary effects on /iC/ sequences in French: acoustic results. 9th Australian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Melbourne: Australia, 497-502.
  • Tabain, M. , Rolland, G. & Savariaux, C. (2001). Coarticulatory effects at prosodic boundaries: some acoustic results. Eurospeech 2001. Aalborg: Denmark, 963-966.
  • Kawai, G. & Tabain, M. (2000). Automatically detecting mispronounciations in the speech of hearing-impaired children. InSTILL (Integrating Speech Technology in Language Learning) 2000. Dundee: Scotland, 39-48.
  • Tabain, M. (1998a). Coarticulation in CV syllables: a locus equation and EPG perspective. 16th International Congress on Acoustics and the 135th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Seattle: USA, 2003-2004.
  • Tabain, M. (1998b). Consistencies and inconsistencies between EPG and locus equation data on coarticulation. 5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing. Sydney: Australia, 1855-1858.
  • Tabain, M. (1996). Nasal consonants in Yanyuwa and Yindjibarndi: an acoustic study. 6th Australian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Adelaide: Australia, 151-156.
  • Tabain, M. & Watson, C. (1996). Classification of fricatives. 6th Australian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Adelaide: Australia, 623-628.

Book Chapters

  • Tabain, M. (2013). Research methods in speech production. In Jones, M. & Knight, R.-A. (eds) Bloomsbury Companion to Phonetics, 39-56, London: Bloomsbury.
  • Massaro, D., Cohen, M., Tabain, M., Beskow, J. & Clark, R. (2012). Animated speech: research progress and applications. In Bailly, G., Perrier, P. & Vatikiotis-Bateson, E. (eds) Audiovisual Speech Processing, 309-345, Cambridge, UK: CUP.
  • Harrington, J. & Tabain, M. (2006). Introduction. In Harrington, J. & Tabain, M. (eds) (2006). Speech Production: Models, Phonetic Processes and Techniques, 1-10, New York: Psychology Press.
  • Tabain, M. (2006). An overview of electropalatography for normal speech (translated as "Electropalatografia (EPG) en la produccion normal del habla"). In E. Padros-Serrat (ed.) Bases diagnosticas, terapeuticas y posturales del funcionalismo craniofacial: Tomo II, 1246-1250, Madrid: Ripano.

 

Research projects

  • Tabain, M. (2012-2017). Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. Understanding the sounds of Australia's Indigenous languages.
  • Fletcher, J. & Tabain, M. (2011-2013). Australian Research Council Discovery Project. Structure and meaning of intonation in three Australian languages.
  • Butcher, A., Fletcher, J. & Tabain, M. (2007-2009). Australian Research Council Discovery Project. The relationship between speech production and perception in Australian language speakers: implications for speech development and learning in Aboriginal children.
  • Tabain, M. (2006-2010). Australian Research Council Discovery Project. The effect of sentence structure on consonant and vowel articulations.
  • Tabain, M. (2001-2004). Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship. The role of perception in speech production: a comparison of Australian Aboriginal languages and English.