Esposito's research interests include the typology and perception of phonation (voice quality); the interaction between voice quality and prosody (intonation and vocal stress in speech) and languages that use different voice qualities (e.g., creaky, breathy etc.) to make phonological (studies the sound system of a specific language or languages) contrasts. Her early research focused on applying an experimental approach to defining the phonations of a Zapotec language, using both acoustic and electroglottographic data. She is working on an NSF grant proposal on the production and perception of phonation. EDUCATION: B.A., State University of New York at Albany; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. Christina Esposito has been teaching at Macalester College since 2006.
Voice quality and tone identification in White Hmong (with M. Garellek, P. Keating, and J. Kreiman), Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (2013)
An acoustic and electroglottographic study of White Hmong phonation, Journal of Phonetics (2012)
Contrastive breathiness across consonants and vowels: A comparative study of Gujarati and White Hmong (with S D. Khan), Journal of the International Phonetic Association (2012)
The perception of pathologically-disordered phonation by Gujarati, English and Spanish listeners, . Language and Speech (2011)
The Effects of Linguistic Experience on the Perception of Phonation, Journal of Phonetics (2010)
Linguistic Voice Quality (with Patricia Keating), Department of Linguistics, UCLA (2007)
Contrasting phonation types in languages can differ along several acoustic dimensions, depending on whether the...