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I would love to know more about your thesis! It sounds really interesting :D
My undergrad thesis was called The effect of linguistic environment on vowels sung at high pitches. I was interested in whether there was a solution for the physical and acoustic limitations of speech at high pitches. Here’s a little background.
When we say vowels, the first thing we do is get air flowing from our lungs. This vibrates the vocal folds and produces a weird buzzing sound. The reason we don’t hear it is as a buzzing sound, but rather as a vowel or other speech sound, is because the buzz is shaped by the vocal tract (the throat, mouth, tongue, lips, and nose). This is pretty much the way brass instruments work, too. You blow a raspberry into the mouthpiece, more or less, and the size and shape of the tube determines the instruments unique sound.
Hey! So I know this isn't an easy question to answer w/o knowing specifics, but what do you think about a high school student w/ an interesting ling going to the Linguistitute? Good idea? Bad idea? Better things to do w/ the future in mind? I know minors aren't allowed into CoLang, but I've heard they can go to the Linguistitute, so idk.
Unfortunately, I don’t know whether the LSA Institute allows minors to attend. It is definitely open to undergrads. Checking previous Institutes’ websites, they don’t explicitly state high school aged students may (or may not) attend. They do say undergrads, grads, and anyone engaged in the academic community.
However, I know that there are many summer schools for high school students at which you can take linguistics courses. (That’s actually the type of place where I took my first linguistics course!)
Here are some programs that are designed specifically for pre-college students:
So do any of you have a definitive answer on what the LSA Institute’s policy on pre-college (or minor) attendees is?
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