Event Information

Date & Time
March 19, 2015 -
11:45am to 1:00pm
Clayman Institute
589 Capistrano Way
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Faculty Fellows' Lunch Featuring Meghan Sumner


Meghan Sumner: "Social Biases in Spoken Language Understanding"

In this talk, Professor Sumner provides a discussion of variation that occurs in spoken words.  And, she illustrates how this variation provides information about words and sounds, but also about talker traits (age, gender, accent, etc.).  Then, she discusses some recent work showing that this information, for better or worse, influences how we attend to and weight the words of individual talkers - at the earliest stages of spoken language understanding.

Meghan Sumner is Associate Professor of Linguistics.

Join us for lunch and discussion.

Clayman Faculty Affiliates are welcome to attend the lunch seminars.  All Stanford academics are eligible to become Clayman Institute Faculty Affiliates. Please RSVP to Wendy Skidmore (wskid@stanford.edu) if you wish to attend.


  • Meghan Sumner
    • Associate Professor of Linquistics
    • Faculty Research Fellow, 2014-15
    Meghan Sumner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University.  She received her PhD in 2003 in Linguistics, followed by a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Psychology.  Her research investigates the meaningful contribution of phonetic variation to the processes and representations involved in spoken language understanding.  Specifically, she focuses on how listeners integrate cues to...