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May 21, 2009
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May 20, 2009

Title: The Cognitive Representation of Glossolalia

Background: This project explores the cognitive representation of glossalalia, also known as 'speaking in tongues' (though speaking-in-tongues is merely one type of this phenomenon). Few linguists have ever studied this practice, which is performed by several cultures around the world.

Aim: The ultimate aim of the research project is to determine how the brain generates glossolalia. The aim of this project is to determine if there are restrictions on glossolalic sound sequences that are akin to those found in natural language.

Methods: The data corpus consists of glossolalic utterances from 18 speakers. The first stage of the research project involved transcription of utterances into Internationl Phonetic Alphabet representation. Aspects of particular utterances were analyzed using spectrograms, waveforms, and pitch tracks.

Results: The initial results suggest that glossolalic utterances are subject to stricter restrictions than the speaker's native language. We propose a model of glossolalia generation that aims to account for this finding.

Contact Info: Professor Paul de Lacy (principal investigator) <delacy@rutgers.edu>, Mathias Bullerman (researcher, poster designer) <webmaster@saivus.org>

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