Gayle Ayers Elam, Ph.D.


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After receiving my Ph.D. in Linguistics I went to work in industry as a computational linguist. I have been fortunate to be involved in many projects that use my expertise in and love of prosody and intonation. I have worked for small, medium, and large corporations, and I now run my own consulting business that focuses on projects that need a linguist’s expertise.

Please contact me to discuss how I can help in your projects. I can help your telephone information systems and dialog systems benefit from natural sounding prompts using prerecorded speech and well planned dialog interactions. I am one of the experts in ToBI intonational labeling of English corpora. I have experience in child language research, especially field observation and child interactions. I can design, conduct, and analyze the results of experiments on various kinds of data and materials.


Ph.D. 1996 Linguistics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Dissertation: Nuclear Accent Types and Prominence: Some Psycholinguistic Experiments
B.A. 1989 Linguistics, Rice University, Houston, TX


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