Catherine Browman

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Catherine P. Browman (1945–2008[1]) was an American linguist and speech scientist. She was a research scientist at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey and Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Connecticut, from which she retired due to illness. While at Bell Laboratories, she was known for her work on speech synthesis using demisyllables.[2] She was best known for development, with Louis Goldstein, of the theory of articulatory phonology, a gesture-based approach to phonological and phonetic structure. The theoretical approach is incorporated in a computational model[3] that generates speech from a gesturally-specified lexicon. She received her Ph.D. in linguistics from UCLA in 1978[1][4] and was a founding member of the Association for Laboratory Phonology.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Browman, Catherine P.: Rules for demisyllable synthesis using LINGUA, a language interpreter. In: Proc. IEEE, ICASSP'80. New York : IEEE, 1980, S. 561-564
  • Browman, C. P., Goldstein, L., Kelso, J. A. S., Rubin, P. E., & Saltzman, E. (1984). Articulatory synthesis from underlying dynamics. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 75, S22.
  • Browman, C. P., & Goldstein, L. M. (1986). Towards an articulatory phonology. Phonology Yearbook, 3, 219-252.
  • Browman, C. P. (1986). The Hunting of the Quark: The Particle in English. Language and Speech, Vol. 29, Part 4, 311-334.
  • Browman, C. P., & Goldstein, L. (1990). Gestural specification using dynamically-defined articulatory structures. Journal of Phonetics, 18, 299-320.
  • Browman, C. P.,& Goldstein, L. (1991). Tiers in articulatory phonology, with some implications for casual speech. In J. Kingston and M. E. Beckman (eds), Papers in Laboratory Phonology I: Between the Grammar and the Physics of Speech. Cambridge, U. K.: Cambridge University Press. (pp. 341–376).
  • Browman, C. P., & Goldstein, L. (1992). Articulatory Phonology: An Overview. Phonetica, 49, 155-180.
  • Browman, C.P. & Goldstein, L. (2000). Competing constraints on intergestural coordination and self-organization of phonological structures. Bulletin de la Communication Parlée, no. 5, p. 25-34.
  • Goldstein, L., & Browman, C. P. (1986) Representation of voicing contrasts using articulatory gestures. Journal of Phonetics, 14, 339-342.
  • Saltzman, E., Rubin, P. E., Goldstein, L., & Browman, C. P. (1987). Task-dynamic modeling of interarticulator coordination. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 82, S15.


  1. ^ a b "Catherine P. Browman 1945–2008" (PDF). Haskins Laboratories. n.d. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "'Klatt Record' audio examples". Festvox. n.d. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Introduction to Articulatory Phonology and the Gestural Computational Model". Haskins Laboratories. n.d. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Former Graduate Students". UCLA Department of Linguistics. n.d. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 

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