Haskins Laboratories

The Science of the Spoken and Written Word

Arthur Abramson, Ph.D.

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Senior Scientist, Haskins Laboratories
Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, University of Connecticut

Major Research Interests

Experimental phonetics: the production and perception of speech, laryngeal control in consonants, distinctive tone, Southeast Asian languages, especially Thai.


M.A., 1950, PhD, 1960, Columbia University
B.A., 1949, Yeshiva University


1943-46 U.S. Army
1950-53 Teacher, Jersey City, NJ public high schools
1953-55 Fulbright teacher of English and linguistics, Songkhla and Bangkok, Thailand
1959-63 Research Staff, Haskins Laboratories
1963-64 Associate Professor of Speech, Queens College and Graduate Center, City University of New York; Research Associate, Haskins Laboratories
1964-65 Research Staff, Haskins Laboratories (Acting Head, Speech Research)
1965-67 Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Queens College and Graduate Center, City University of New York
1965- Research Associate, Haskins Laboratories
1967-92 Professor of Linguistics, The University of Connecticut (Founding Department Head, Sept. 1967-Jan. 1974)

Representative Publications

McIntosh, L., Nemser, W. J., Tafti, J. D., Abramson, A. S., Bineth, G. M., & Kluckhohn, J. (1957). English as a second language with special application to Hungarians. Rinehart: New York.

Lotz, J., Abramson, A. S., Gerstman, L. J., Ingemann, F., & Nemser, W. J. (1960). The perception of English stops by speakers of English, Spanish, Hungarian and Thai: A tape-cutting experiment. Language and Speech, 3, p.71-77.

Abramson, A.S. (1962). The vowels and tones of standard Thai: Acoustical measurements and experiments. Indiana U. Research Center in Anthropology, Folklore, and Linguistics, Pub. 20. Bloomington. (PDF)

 Fry, D. B., Abramson, A. S., Eimas, P. D., & Liberman, A. M. (1962). The identification and discrimination of synthetic vowels. Language and Speech, 5, 171-189. [Reprinted in D.B. Fry (Ed.) (1976), Acoustic phonetics: A course of basic readings (pp. 238–257). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.(PDF)

Abramson, A. S. (1964). Speech acoustics for the mathematically unsophisticated. Review of Elements of acoustic phonetics by P. Ladefoged. American Speech, 39, 56-59. (PDF)