Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron

I'm a Conversational Designer at Groupe Technologique Desjardins, part of Mouvement Desjardins. I work on creating a high-performance virtual assistant powered by smart design and powerful statistical language models.

Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University, working with Matt Goldrick at SoundLab. I completed my PhD at McGill University and have taught undergraduate courses at Concordia University.

My research tackles topics in phonology, phonetics, and speech production. I use the methodologies of acoustic corpus analysis and speech production experiments to investigate how speakers plan what they’re about to say, and how that planning affects the pronunciation of what they end up saying. Do you think you might pronounce words differently if you also had to remember a phone number while talking, or if you had to read a sentence full of words that you know but don’t use very often? These are a few of the questions I’m trying to answer in my research.

To learn more, take a look at my curriculum vitae, list of publications, and course descriptions. You can also send me an email, tweet at me, or request any of my articles though ResearchGate. You can find any available data and scripts through my OSF profile.


Oct 15, 2020 I’ll be presenting a poster with co-author Matt Goldrick at the 179th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America Acoustics Virtually Everywhere. Our poster is on December 7th in the Neuro and Psycholinguistics session at 3:35 PM - 4:20 PM EST.
Jul 31, 2020 You can now watch the video from my talk “Larger phonological planning windows trigger variation in word-final consonants” at LabPhon17 with co-author Matt Goldrick. You can also request a copy of the project’s manuscript .
Jun 10, 2020 Fresh off the presses, you can now read Predictability modulates pronunciation variants through speech planning effects: A case study on coronal stop realizations in the Journal of the Association of Laboratory Phonology.

selected publications

  1. LabPhon
    Predictability modulates pronunciation variants through production planning effects: a case study on coronal stop realizations
    Kilbourn-Ceron, Oriana, Clayards, Meghan, and Wagner, Michael
    Laboratory Phonology 2020
  2. NLLT
    Boundary phenomena and variability in Japanese high vowel devoicing
    Kilbourn-Ceron, Oriana, and Sonderegger, Morgan
    Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 2018
  3. Lang Cog Neuro
    Using automated acoustic analysis to explore the link between planning and articulation in second language speech production
    Goldrick, Matthew, Shrem, Yosi, Kilbourn-Ceron, Oriana, Baus, Cristina, and Keshet, Joseph
    Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 2020