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Speech and Language Lab

Research projects

HomeBank internet database of daylong recordings.
DARCLE research consortium for child language researchers.

Publications

VanDam, M., & Silbert, N. H. (2016). Fidelity of automatic speech processing for adult and child talker classifications. PLOS ONE, 11(8): e0160588. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0160588

VanDam, M., Warlaumont, A. S., Bergleson, E., Cristia, A., Soderstrom, M., De Palma, P., & MacWhinney, B. (2016). HomeBank, an online repository of daylong child-centered audio recordings. Seminars in Speech and Language, 37: 128-142. doi:dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0036-1580745 [Open Access download via Thieme] or the NIHMS version (that you probably don’t want) NIHMS647961

VanDam, M., Oller, D. K., Ambrose, S. E., Gray, S., Richards, J. A., Xu, D., Gilkerson, J., Silbert, N. H., & Moeller, M. P. (2015). Automated vocal analysis of children with hearing loss and their typical and atypical peers.  Ear & Hearing, 36(4): e146-e152.  doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000138  Link to publisher

Potter, N. L., Johnson, L. R., Johnson, S. E., & VanDam, M. (2015). Facial and lingual strength and endurance in skilled trumpet players. Journal of Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 30(2): 90-95. Link to publisher PDF 401k

VanDam, M., & De Palma, P. (2014). Fundamental frequency of child-directed speech using automatic speech recognition. IEEE Proceedings of the Joint 7th International Conference on Soft Computing and Intelligent Systems and 15th International Symposium on Advanced Intelligent Systems, Kitakyushu, Japan. PDF 615k

VanDam, M. (2014). Acoustic characteristics of the clothes used for a wearable recording device. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Express Letters, 136(4): EL263-EL267. doi: 10.1121/1.4895015 open access at JASA

Ambrose, S. E., VanDam, M., & Moeller, M. P. (2014). Linguistic input, electronic media, and communication outcomes in toddlers with hearing loss. Ear and Hearing, 35(2): 139-147.  doi: 10.1097/AUD.0b013e3182a76768. The NCBI version is here.

VanDam, M., & Silbert, N. H. (2013). Precision and error of automatic speech recognition. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, 19: 060006. doi:10.1121/1.4798466

Silbert, N. H., Linck, J. A., & VanDam, M. (2013). Multilevel models, covariates, and controlled factors in experimental speech research: unified analyses of highly structured data. Proceedings on Meetings on Acoustics, 19: 0600029. doi:10.1121/1.4790331

VanDam, M., Ambrose, S. E., & Moeller, M. P. (2012). Quantity of parental language in the home environments of hard-of-hearing two-year olds.  Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 17(4), 402-420.  doi:10.1093/deafed/ens025

VanDam, M., Ide-Helvie, D., & Moeller, M. P. (2011). Point vowel duration in children with hearing aids and cochlear implants at 4 and 5 years of age. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 25(8): 689-704.  doi:10.3109/02699206.2011.552158

Moeller, M. P., Bass-Ringdahl, S., Ambrose, S. E., VanDam, M., & Tomblin, J. B. (2011). Understanding Communication Outcomes: New Tools and Insights.  In R. C. Seewald & J. M. Bamford (Eds.), A Sound Foundation Through Early Amplification 2010: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference (pp. 245-260).  Stafa, Switzerland: Phonak AG Immediate Proceedings Ltd.

Presentations

VanDam, M., Jessup, C., & Tully, T. (2016, November). Fathers’ and mothers’ differential talk to sons and daughters with hearing loss. Poster presented at the 172nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the 5th Joint meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the Acoustical Society of Japan, Honolulu, HI.

Pretzer, G. M., Warlaumont, A. S., VanDam, M., MacWhinney, B., & Reding, C. J. (2016, November). HomeBank: A resource for sharing daylong audio recordings from children and families. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

VanDam, M. (October, 2016). The future of speech devices in Parkinson’s disease. Talk presented at the Inland Northwest Movement Disorders Society Annual Meeting, Spokane, WA.

Destromp, E. R. (2016, April). The Effects of deep brain stimulation on vocal quality in an individual with cervical dystonio. Poster presented at the Inland Northwest Research Symposium, Spokane, WA. PDF 344k

Heid, H. N. (2016, March). Semi-automated linguistic transcription of daylong audio files. Poster presented at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, Pullman, WA. PDF 104k

VanDam, M., Potter, N., Johnson, L., & Johnson, S. (November, 2015). Orofacial musclature performance in players of wind instruments. Talk presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Denver, CO.

VanDam, M., & Silbert, N. (2015, November). Fidelity of automatic speech recognition labeling. Talk presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Denver, CO.

VanDam, M., Strong, W., & De Palma, P. (2015, November). Characteristics of fathers’ prosody when talking with young children. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Denver, CO.

VanDam, M., De Palma, P., & Strong, W. (2015, November). Speech production characteristics of parents of hard of hearing toddlers. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Denver, CO.

VanDam, M., & Carns, K. (2015, November). Acquisition of syntactic question types in children who are hard of hearing. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Denver, CO. PDF 104k

VanDam, M., De Palma, P., & Strong, W. E. (2015, October). Fathers’ prosodic communication with young children. Poster presented at the Washington Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Meeting, Tacoma, WA.

VanDam, M., De Palma, P., & Strong, W. E. (2015, October). Parental speech characteristics to heard-of-hearing toddlers. Poster presented at the Washington Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Meeting, Tacoma, WA.

VanDam, M. & Lin, D. (2015, June). A vocal biofeedback device for Parkinson’s patients. Poster presented at Life Sciences Innovation Northwest (LSINW), Seattle, WA.

VanDam, M., De Palma, P., Strong, W. E. (2015, May). Fathers’ use of fundamental frequency in motherese. Poster presented at the 169th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Pittsburgh, PA. poster PDF (115KB) [abstract PDF (49KB)

VanDam, M., De Palma, P., Strong, W. E. (2015, May). Fundamental frequency of speech directed to children who have hearing loss. Poster presented at the 169th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Pittsburgh, PA. abstract PDF (44KB)

Stoddard, C., Matalone, H., Bookhout, T., Carns, K. (2015). The influence of number of siblings on family talk dynamics.  Poster presented at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA), Pullman, WA. PDF 102k

Matalone, H., Stoddard, C., Bookhout, T., & Carns, K. (2015, April). Transcription reliability of the speech of preschoolers with hearing loss.  Poster presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR), Cheney, WA.

Matalone, H., Stoddard, C., Bookhout, T., Carns, K. (2015, March). Transcription reliability of hard-of-hearing and typically-developing preschoolers.  Poster presented at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA), Pullman, WA. PDF 369k

VanDam, M., De Palma, P., Strong, W. E., & Kelly, E. (2015, January). Child-directed speech of fathers.  Poster presented at the Linguistic Society of America 2015 Annual Meeting, Portland, OR. LSA link

VanDam, M., De Palma, P., Strong, W. E., & Kelly, E. (2015, January). Child directed speech to preschoolers who are hard-of-hearing.  Poster presented at the Linguistic Society of America 2015 Annual Meeting, Portland, OR. PDF 147k

VanDam, M., & Silbert, N. (2014, June).  Performance of LENA automatic speech processing in families with children who are hard of hearing.  Talk presented at the 2014 International Child Phonology Conference, Missoula, MT.

VanDam, M., Anderson, A., Ahmann, H., & Potter, N.  (2014, June). Telepractice assessment of receptive langauge using the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test 4.  Talk presented at the 2014 International Child Phonology Conference, Missoula, MT.

VanDam, M., & Silbert, N. H.  (2014, May). Automatic speech recognition of naturalistic recordings in families with children who are hard of hearing.  Talk presented at the 167th Meeting of the Acoustic Society of America, Providence, RI.

Ahmann, H., Anderson, A., VanDam, M., & Potter, N. (2014, March).  Comparison of scores between traditional-paper and web-based versions of the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-Fourth Edition.  Poster presented at the 2014 Inland Northwest Research Symposium, Spokane, WA.

VanDam, M., & Silbert, N. H. (2013, December).  Characteristics of automatic and human speech recognition processes. Talk presented at the 166th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Francisco, CA.

VanDam, M., Clemetson, B. C., Hurson, M., Pacheco, T., Jakubowski, S., Jakubowski, W., & Nicholas, D. (2013, December).  A wearable real-time vocal biofeedback device.  Talk presented at the 166th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Francisco, CA.

Johnson, L. R., Potter, N. L., & VanDam, M. (2013, December). The functional impact of incidental orofacial muscle activity.  Talk presented at the 166th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Francisco, CA.

VanDam, M. (2013, November). Speech and language development in preschoolers with hearing loss.  “New Findings on the Interaction of Hearing & Language” seminar session at the 2013 ASHA Convention, Chicago, IL.

VanDam, M. & Silbert, N. H. (2013, June).  Precision and error of automatic speech recognition.  Poster presented at the joint meetings of the 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, 21st International Congress on Acoustics, and 52nd Meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

VanDam, M. & Silbert, N. H. (2013, April).  Fidelity of LENA vocal activity labels.  Poster presented at the LENA International Conference 2013, Denver, CO. PDF 88k

VanDam, M., Silbert, N. H., & Moeller, M. P. (2012, October). Effects of age, hearing loss, and phonological neighborhood density on children’s perceptual confusions.  Poster presented at the 164th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Kansas City, KS.

Ambrose, S. E., VanDam, M., & Moeller, M. P. (2011, November). The impact of exposure to talk and television on the language development of toddlers with hearing loss.  Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, San Diego, CA.

Ambrose, S. E., VanDam, M., & Moeller, M. P. (2011, June).  Automated analysis of the language abilities and auditory-linguistic environments of children with hearing loss.  Poster presented at the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.

VanDam, M. (2011, May). Automatic acoustic-phonetic analyses of thousands of hours of conversational speech in hard of hearing children. Talk presented at the 161st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Seattle, WA.

VanDam, M., Silbert, N. H., & Moeller, M. P. (2011, May). Repetition of words from dense and sparse phonological neighborhoods in children with hearing loss and normal hearing. Poster presented at the 161st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Seattle, WA.

Ambrose, S. E., VanDam, M., & Moeller, M. P. (2011, April). The role of talk in outcomes of children who are hard of hearing. Poster presented at the Second LENA Users Conference, Denver, CO.

Ambrose, S. E., VanDam, M., & Moeller, M. P. (2011, April). Use of AVA measures with young children who are hard of hearing. Poster presented at the Second LENA Users Conference, Denver, CO.

VanDam, M., McMurray, B., Ambrose, S.E., Moeller, M. P., Tomblin, J. B. (2011, April). Auditory Ability and Language Development: Quantitative Assessments of Input, Output, and Outcomes in Hard-of-Hearing Children. Talk presented at the 2011 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

VanDam, M., Moeller, M. P., & Tomblin, B. (2010, November). Analyses of fundamental frequency in infants and preschoolers with hearing loss. Poster presented at the 160th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

VanDam, M., Ide-Helvie, D., & Moeller, M. P. (2010, November). Duration of point vowels in four- and five year olds with hearing aids and cochlear implants. Talk presented at the 160th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Ambrose, S. E., VanDam, M., & Moeller, M. P. (2010, November). The role of talk in outcomes for children with hearing loss. Roundtable discussion: LENA technology: Expanded research and clinical application in child language, Philadelphia, PA.

VanDam, M. (2010, April). Using LENA to examine development of children with hearing loss. Poster presented at the First LENA Users Conference, Denver, CO.

VanDam, M., & Silbert, N. (2010, April). A Bayesian model of voice-onset time production. Poster presented at the 159th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Baltimore, MD.

VanDam, M. (2010, April 10). Prosody of children with mild to severe hearing loss. Talk presented at the International Child Phonology Conference, Memphis, TN.

Smith, N. A., VanDam, M., & Moeller, M. P. (2009, October). Gaze distribution patters for audiovisual speech stimuli in preschool children without hearing loss. Poster presented at the 158th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Antonio, TX.

VanDam, M., Silbert, N. H., & Port, R. F. (2009, October). Fine-grained control of VOT production, lexical usage-frequency, and phrasal context. Poster presented at the 158th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Antonio, TX.

VanDam, M., & Port, R. F. (2009, May). Phonetic experience with specific words affects categorical perception of those words. Poster presented at the 157th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Portland, OR.

VanDam, M., Smith, N. A., Ide-Helvie, D., & Moeller, M. P. (2008, November).  Development of temporal and spectral characteristics in the speech of hearing impaired children. Poster presented at the 156th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Miami, FL.

VanDam, M., Ide-Helvie, D., Smith, N. A., & Moeller, M. P. (2008, June). Early identification of hearing loss improves temporal properties of children’s speech. Poster presented at the 2008 Child Phonology Conference, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

VanDam, M. (2008, May).  Economy and invariance are unjustified assumptions in formal phonology.  Talk presented at the Fifth North American Phonology Conference (NAPhC5), Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Davis, S., & VanDam, M. (2006, October). The footing of semi-weak syllables in American English. Talk presented at the Twelfth Mid-Continental Workshop on Phonology (MCWOP-12), University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

VanDam, M., & Port, R. (2005, May). High lexical frequency and context reduces VOT.  Poster presented at the 149th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Grants

 

2014-2015, PI: “Speech and language use in families with a hard-of-hearing preschooler” WSU Spokane Faculty Seed Grant

2008-2013, Research team member (in kind): “Moderators and functional outcomes in children with mild to severe hearing loss” NIH/NIDCD 5R01-DC009560; PIs: J. B. Tomblin and M. P. Moeller

2009-2012, Consultant: “Hearing status and prosody in mother-child speech” NIH/NIDCD 5R03-DC009884; PI: N. A. Smith

2009-2011, Co-investigator, Project Director: “Moderators and functional outcomes in children with mild to severe hearing loss” NIH/NIDCD 5R01-DC009560-01S1; PIs: J. B. Tomblin and M. P. Moeller