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PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

My research focuses on the quantitative and qualitative analysis of speech. My aim is to develop computational tools to analyse acoustic and articulatory data. I am strongly interested on implementing Automatic Speech Recognition techniques in major and minority languages.

EDUCATION

20042009

BA Honours in Modern Languages

The University of Los Andes, Venezuela

CUM LAUDE distinction

Degree obtained with two majors:

1. Linguistic and Literary Research

2. Translation

Thesis Title: "A Linguistic-Musical Approach to the Analysis of 'The Rhyme of the Ancyent Marinere' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge"

WORK EXPERIENCE

2016Present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The Australian National University, Australia

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Australian National University, working for The Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL).

Actively involved in the Sydney Speaks Project working on the sociophonetic study of Australian English as spoken in Sydney across a hundred years.

  • Collecting speech data from audio files
  • Extracting acoustic features for linguistic analysis
  • Modelling acoustic data
  • Managing large corpora for analysis

Part of the Transcription Acceleration Project which uses Speech Recognition (ASR) techniques to accelerate the transcription of linguistic corpora.

  • Force-aligning data for major and minority languages
  • Building acoustic models from audio and transcription files
  • Testing forced-alignment performance from major aligners used in linguistics
  • Improving the implementation of forced-alignment in under-resourced languages
20142016

Research Assistant

Griffith University, Australia

Actively involved in the socio-phonetic study of West Australian English and project output (papers, conferences, seminars). Successfully built scripts (Praat and RStudio) providing solutions to a variety of projects' research needs. Created complex analysis development for a broad range of functions including acoustic and statistical modelling.

  • Built solid methods for delivering high-quality, cost-efficient programming solutions and tools for acoustic analysis.
  • Positively contributed to the populating, development and maintenance of big data sets.
  • Contributed to the creation and management of online applications for data analysis and presentation.
July 2016August 2016

Research Assistant

Griffith University, University of Melbourne
  • Performed duties as a Research Assistant in the ARC-funded project Analysis tools for large speech corpora
  • Developed computational analysis tools to assist research on large speech corpora.
  • Wrote R algorithms and packages to facilitate annotation, analysis, and output of conversational natural speech.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Aug 2018Nov 2018

Sessional Lecturer

The Australian National University, Australia
  • Performed duties as a Lecturer in the Sounds of the World's languages (Phonetics and Phonology) Course offered to Linguistics undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Prepared and delivered weekly lectures and lessons for students.
  • Carried out exam and assignment marking.
Jul 2015Oct 2015

Sessional Academic

Griffith University, Australia
  • Performed duties as a Tutor in the Introduction to the Study of Language II Course offered to Linguistics undergraduate students.
  • Delivered weekly tutorials and lessons for students.
  • Carried out exam and assignment marking.
Jul 2012Dec 2013

Casual Academic

University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Performed duties as a Tutor in the courses Introduction to Phonology and Morphology, Foundations of Language, Introduction to Linguistics I, and Introduction to Linguistics II offered to undergraduate students.
  • Preparation of tutorials or other academic activity.
  • Presentation of lectures, tutorials or other academic activity.
  • Marking arising from the lecture, tutorial or other academic activity.
Mar 2010Sep 2010

Instructor

National Experimental University Simon Rodriguez, Venezuela
  • Performed duties as an Instructor in the courses English Grammar, Spanish Grammar and  Spanish Literature offered to Education undergraduate students.
  • Delivered weekly lectures and tutorials for students.
  • Managed exam and assignment marking.

PUBLICATIONS

2019

Do Sound Segments Contribute to Sounding Charismatic? Evidence from a Case Study of Steve Jobs’ and Mark Zuckerberg’s Vowel Spaces

Oliver Niebuhr, Simon Gonzalez

International Journal of Acoustics and Variation, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2019

2019

An acoustic analysis of short front vowel realizations in the conversational style of young English speakers from Western Australia

Gerard Docherty, Simon Gonzalez, Nathaniel Mitchell & Paul Foulkes

ICPhS 2019, Melbourne, Australia.

2019

Initiation, progression, and conditioning of the short-front vowel shift in Australia

James Grama, Catherine Travis & Simon Gonzalez

ICPhS 2019, Melbourne, Australia.

2019

The /el/-/ael/ merger in Australian English: Acoustic and articulatory insights

Chloè Diskin, Debbie Loakes, Rosey Billington, Hywel Stoakes, Simon Gonzalez & Sam Kirkham

ICPhS 2019, Melbourne, Australia.

2018

Recursive forced alignment: A test on a minority language

Gonzalez, S., Travis, C., Grama, J., Barth, D. & Ananthanarayan, S.

Speech Science and Technology, Sydney, Australia, pp. 145-148

2018

Acoustic Characteristics of Pre-Aspiration in Australian English

Gonzalez, S.

Speech Science and Technology, Sydney, Australia, pp. 85-88

2018

Missed Connections at the Junction of Sociolinguistics and Speech Processing

Docherty, G., Foulkes, P., Gonzalez, S., & Mitchell, N.

Topics in Cognitive Science, 1–16.

2015

Static vs Dynamic Perspectives on the Realization of Vowel Nucleii in West Australian English

Docherty, G., Gonzalez, S., & Mitchell, N.

ICPhS 2015, Glasgow, Scotland.

REFEREED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

July2019

Using ethnic orientation to circumscribe the Chinese-Australian speech community in Sydney

Elena Sheard, Catherine Travis, James Grama & Simon Gonzalez
July2019

Sociophonetic variability in the /el/-/æl/ merger in Melbourne English: Comparing wordlist and sociolinguistic interviews

Chloé Diskin, Deborah Loakes, Rosey Billington, Simon Gonzalez & Ben Volchok

Forum on Englishes in Australia, Melbourne, 2019

July2019

The role of ethnolectal variation in language change: A real-time study of vowels in Sydney English

James Grama, Catherine Travis & Simon Gonzalez

International Conference on Historical Linguistics

June2019

The role of ethnolects in variation and change: Vowels in Sydney English

Catherine Travis, James Grama & Simon Gonzalez

International Conference on Language Variation in Europe

December2018

Ethnolectal variation ov(er) time

Catherine Travis, James Grama & Simon Gonzalez

Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Adelaide 

October2018

Opening the door for forced-alignment to minority languages

Simon Gonzalez, Catherine Travis, James Grama, Danielle Barth, Sunkulp Ananthanarayan

New Ways of Analyzing Variation 47 (NWAV47), New York

July2018

Enough is enough: measuring the stabilisation point of uncorrected forced-aligned data in sociolinguistic corpora

Simon Gonzalez & Gerry Docherty

SocioPhoAus Workshop 2Brisbane 

July2018

Insights from spontaneous speech for the characterisation of vocalic change over time in Sydney

James Grama, Simon Gonzalez & Catherine Travis

SocioPhoAus Workshop 2Brisbane 

July2018

Social and contextual influences on variability in the realisation of vowels in conversations between young people from

Gerry Docherty, Simon Gonzalez, Nathaniel Mitchell & Paul Foulkes

SocioPhoAus Workshop 2Brisbane 

June2018

Ethnolectal variation in word-final (er) in Australian English: Minority communities as leaders in language change

James Grama, Simon Gonzalez & Catherine Travis

Sociolinguistics Symposium 22, Auckland 

February2018

Comparing forced aligners for sociolinguistics

Simon Gonzalez, James Grama &Catherine Travis

NWAV-AP, Brisbane 

December2017

General Extenders over time in Sydney English: From or something to and stuff

Catherine Travis, Simon Gonzalez & James Grama

Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Sydney

November2017

Class, gender and ethnicity in Sydney: Revisiting social conditioning in 1970s Australia

James Grama, Catherine Travis & Simon Gonzalez

New Ways of Analyzing Variation 46 (NWAV47), Madison 

July2016

A dynamic perspective on sociophonetic variability in the realisation of vowels in Australian English

Gerard Docherty, Simon Gonzalez, Nathaniel Mitchell & Paul Foulkes

Laboratory Phonology 15 Satellite Workshop, Ithaca, NY

June2016

A study of the realisation of word-medial and word-final pre-pausal (t) in the conversational speech of young people from Perth

Gerard Docherty, Simon Gonzalez, Nathaniel Mitchell & Paul Foulkes

SocioPhoAus Workshop 1, Brisbane

June2016

Variability in the realisation of vowels in the conversational speech of young people from Perth

Gerard Docherty, Simon Gonzalez, Nathaniel Mitchell & Paul Foulkes

SocioPhoAus Workshop 1, Brisbane

December2015

The realisation of vowels in conversations by speakers of West AusE

Gerry Docherty, Simon Gonzalez & Nathaniel Mitchell

Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Parramatta

October2015

Social and phonological dimensions of /l/ vocalisation in West Australian English

Simon Gonzalez, Gerry Docherty & Nathaniel Mitchell

New Ways of Analyzing Variation 44 (NWAV44), Toronto

August2015

Static vs dynamic perspectives on the realisation of vowel nuclei in West Australian English

Gerry Docherty, Simon Gonzalez & Nathaniel Mitchell

18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow

December2014

Variability in the realisation of vowels in West Australian English

Gerry Docherty, Simon Gonzalez & Nathaniel Mitchell

Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Newcastle

October2013

Articulatory variation in English coronal obstruents: An ultrasound study

Simon Gonzalez, Mark Harvey, Katherine Demuth & Susan Lin

Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Melbourne

December2011

Consonantal Space-Compensation Processes: an approach to understanding phonemic adjustments in world sound systems

Simon Gonzalez

Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Canberra

CONFERENCE POSTERS

February2019

Enhancing forced-alignment in minority languages

Simon Gonzalez, James Grama, Catherine Travis & Saliha Muradoglu

CoEDL Fest 2019, Western Sydney University, Australia

February2019

Initiation, progression and conditioning: Short front vowels in Australian English

James Grama, Catherine Travis & Simon Gonzalez

CoEDL Fest 2019, Western Sydney University, Australia

December2018

Phonological conditioning in rotation of short-front vowels in Australian English

James Grama, Simon Gonzalez & Catherine Travis

Seventeenth Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Sydney

February2018

Comparing the accuracy of forced-aligners for sociolinguistic research

Simon Gonzalez, James Grama & Catherine Travis

CoEDL Fest 2018, University of Melbourne, Australia

February2018

CoEDL Vowel Mates!: Integrating phonetic measurements and network analysis in vowel visualizations.

Simon Gonzalez, James Grama & Catherine Travis

CoEDL Fest 2018, University of Melbourne, Australia

February2018

Glossing a CHAT corpus: a ‘Shiny’ new interactive tool

Sasha Wilmoth & Simon Gonzalez

CoEDL Fest 2018, University of Melbourne, Australia

February2017

Hypothesis testing automation in the sociophonetic analysis of vowel variation

Simon Gonzalez, James Grama & Catherine Travis

CoEDL Fest 2017, University of Queensland, Australia

December2016

Sociophonetic variability in the realization of /t/ in West Australian English

Gerard Docherty, Simon Gonzalez, Nathaniel Mitchell & Paul Foulkes

Australasian International Speech Science and Technology Conference, Sydney

July2014

Posterior cavity and aperture distance oppositions in English coronal fricatives

Simon Gonzalez, Mark Harvey & Michael Proctor

14th Laboratory Phonology Conference, Tokyo

November2013

Segment Constants and Speaker Constants in English Coronal Obstruents

Simon Gonzalez, Mark Harvey, Katherine Demuth & Susan Lin

Ultrafest VI, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

December2012

The duration of English coronal obstruent segment types

Simon Gonzalez, Mark Harvey & Katherine Demuth

14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Sydney

SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS

September2018

Expanding the study of linguistic variation through forced alignment

James Grama & Simon Gonzalez

Linguistics Seminar, Macquarie University, Australia

September2018

Expanding the study of linguistic variation through forced-alignment for major and minority languages

James Grama, Simon Gonzalez & Catherine Travis

Linguistics Seminar, The Australian National University, Australia

September2017

Language, variation, change, ‘n that: General Extenders in Sydney English

Travis, Catherine, Grama, James, González, Simón, Johnstone, Cale

MARCS Speech and Language Seminar, University of Western Sydney, Australia

March2016

Methods on dynamic analysis of vowel realisations

Simon Gonzalez

Linguistics Seminar, University of Melbourne, Australia

March2016

Socio-phonetic methods for analysing vowel realisations: challenges and advantages of current approaches

Simon Gonzalez

Linguistics Seminar, University of Newcastle, Australia

October2015

Taming the Tongue: when phonological theory meets articulatory evidence

Simon Gonzalez

Research Seminar Series, Griffith University, Australia

December2013

Articulatory variation in English coronal obstruents: An ultrasound study

Simon Gonzalez

Speech Pathology Research Symposium, University of Newcastle, Australia

September2013

Articulatory variation in English coronal obstruents: An ultrasound study

Simon Gonzalez

Linguistics Seminar, University of Newcastle, Australia

WORKSHOPS

September2018

Keeping up to date with forced-alignment: the Montreal Forced-Aligner

Simon Gonzalez & James Grama

Forced-alignment Workshop, Macquarie University, Australia

May2018

Ultrasound tongue imaging in production and perception: implications for second language and second dialect acquisition

Chloé Diskin, Debbie Loakes, Rosey Billington, Simon Gonzalez & Sam Kirkham

Ultrasound Workshop, The University of Melbourne

May2007

Teaching Literature, Essential for Foreign Language Teaching and Training

Simon Gonzalez

Human Sciences and their Impact on Social Transformation, The University of Los Andes, Merida, Venezuela

Programming and Statistics Courses Studied

Introduction to Software Engineering 1, School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Newcastle, Australia

Statistics for the Sciences, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia

Introduction to Procedural Programming, School of Engineering, University of Newcastle, Australia

Introduction to Engineering Computations, School of Engineering, University of Newcastle, Australia

GRANTS

2019

An acoustic description of the vocalic space of Venezuelan Spanish

Lead Investigator

International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics

20182019

Forced-alignment protocols for minority languages ($AUD 19,850.00)

Lead Investigator

Transdisciplinary and Innovation Grant, CoEDL

May2018

Ultrasound tongue imaging in production and perception: implications for second language and second dialect acquisition ($AUD 9,823.04)

Collaborator (Lead Investigator: Chloé Diskin)

Transdisciplinary and Innovation Grant, CoEDL

September-December2016

Analysis tools for large speech corpora ($AUD 15,952)

Collaborator (Lead Investigator: Gerard Docherty)

Transdisciplinary and Innovation Grant, CoEDL

SUPERVISION AND ADVISING

20182019

Saliha Muradoglu (Research Assistant)

Forced-alignment protocols for minority languages

Supervisor

20182019

Zara Maxwell-Smith (PhD Candidate)

Building and Analysing Datasets: Speech Recognition for Indonesian Language Classrooms and Resources

Advisor

20182019

Jun Wang (Summer Scholar)

CoEDL Summer Scholar position focussing on automated natural language processing

Advisor

20172018

Nicole Harris (Summer Scholar)

Developing tools for analysis and visualisation of Sociolinguistic data

Supervisor

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2017

Mid-Term Review Team

Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

The Australian National University

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