Currently, I'm working on a PhD in Linguistics specializing in Speech Perception as it's related to speech rhythm/timing patterns. Within the field of Linguistics, I enjoy phonology and phonetics, especially in an acoustic lab environment. Other areas that interest me are corpus studies, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and TESOL with an emphasis on American English pronunciation (some times known as "accent reduction").
Teaching experience includes teaching undergraduate linguistic courses at UTA, as well as American English Pronunciation and Public Speaking Skills for international students in the Pre-MBA program at University of Dallas.
I also coach little league base ball, youth soccer, lead a Cub Scout den, and if after all that, I have spare time, I like to be out on a boat with family, pretending to know how to fish while teaching kids to enjoy "non-digital" life.
Benton, Matthew. 2012. From PVI to Perception: A Return to the Roots of Rhythm in Broadcast News. in Proceedings INTERSPEECH 2012, Portland, Oregon.
Benton, M. (2010, May). A Preliminary Analysis of the Relationship of Speech Rate to Speech-Timing Metrics as applied to Large Corpora of Non-Laboratory Speech in English and Chinese Broadcast News. Speech Prosody 2010, Chicago, Illinois.
Benton, M. and Dockendorf, L. (2008, September). A Comparison of Two Acoustic Measurement Approaches to the Rhythm Continuum of Natural Chinese and English Speech. INTERSPEECH 2008, Brisbane, Australia.
Dockendorf, L; Almubayei, D.; & Benton, M. (2008, September). Testing a Large Corpus of Natural Standard Arabic for Rhythm Class. INTERSPEECH 2008, Brisbane, Australia.
Benton, Dockendorf, Jin, Liu, & Edmondson. (2007, August). The Continuum of Speech Rhythm: Computational Testing of Speech Rhythm of Large Corpora from Natural Chinese and English Speech.. ICPhS XVI, Saarbrücken, Germany.
A study of Speech rhythm using PVI (Pairwise Variability Index) in "spoken" songs, military cadences, and broadcast news.
(With Lynnelle (Rhinier) Brown)
A preliminary study of the speech rhythm of spoken Choctaw, utilizing native speakers reading a traditional Choctaw story, speech was recorded and analyzed.
Second Place Winner of the Yumi Nakamura Memorial Prize
(With Liz Dockendorf)
A study of rate of occurance of vowels and vowel reduction using a large corpus of spoken English broadcast news.
A preliminary study of the types of language (words, phrases, idioms, jingles) used in television advertisements that the consumer should remember about a product.
A preliminary look at using re-synthesized sound files, in this case a prolonged "M" sound, to convey a sense of emotion to a listener.
A corpus study on the differences between the use of "la" and "el" for the Spanish word "radio" and how providing actual language use might help a non-native speaker understand the semantic meanings behind either gender.
Sept 2007 to May 2008: Graduate Research Assistant –
under Dr. Jerold Edmondson (Continuation of work on previous UTD-UTA grant)
Sept 2006 to Apr 2007: University of Texas at Dallas & University of Texas at Arlington
Joint Research Grant: Working under Dr. Jerold Edmondson, UTA, and Dr. Yang Liu, UTD
Aspects of Prosody as Used in Chinese and English
LING 3330-001PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY
Jul 2010 to Dec 2010:
University of Dallas, College of Business Enrollment office as Personal Tutor for a non-native English speaking staff member who was responsible for recruiting and communicating with prospective students, but who had strong native language influences on his spoken English.
Sept 2009 to Dec 2009: Adjunct Position: Graduate School of Management (GSM)/Pre-MBA: Instructor – MBA Business Writing Seminar & Grader – Pre-MBA Business Writing Seminar
Helping non-native American English (International) students enrolled in MBA and Pre-MBA curriculum improve written English communication skills in an American business environment.
Sept 2009 - May 2010 & Aug 2011-May 2012
Introduction to American English sounds and sound system for the purpose of reducing language interference from other native languages (also called accent reduction), as well as increasing communication skills in an American business environment. Students learn to listen for and hear differences in American English sounds that they may not have realized were important. They will also be instructed and practice sounds that may not be familiar to them in their own language(s) or that they may be making incorrectly.
Aug 2011-May 2012:
Introduction to various presentation formats and different types of presentations for business settings (primarily for non-American English speakers). This course is designed to relate to the Business Writing class so that students should be able to use the same topics for both courses and give oral presentations of their previously written assignments. Types of presentations covered include: descriptive, compare/contrast, persuasive, pro/con, cause/effect, etc.
Jan 2008 to May 2008 Graduate Teaching Assistant – Laboratory Phonology (LING 5322)
under Dr. Jerold Edmondson
Sept 2007 to Dec 2007: Graduate Teaching Assistant – Formal Syntax (LING 5330)
under Dr. Donald Burquest
Sept 2016 to Dec 2016 & Jan 2017 to May 2017 Graduate Teaching Assistant – TESOL: Methods and Materials (LING 4354) under Dr. Jessica Rohr
Leading young boys through their Cub Scout adventure in partnership with their parents in Cub Scout Pack 398 in Arlington, TX.
Coach youth soccer though Arlington YMCA and Arlington Soccer Association (ASA) and Little League baseball though Arlington YMCA and Arlington Southwest Little League (ASWLL)
INTERSPEECH 2012 – Portland, Oregon
Speech Prosody 2010 Chicago, Illinois
Work both as a member and officer in Lingua in various capacities to help plan, organize, judge abstracts, judge presentations for UTASCIL 13 in 2005 through UTASCILT 17 in 2010.
*UTASCIL which was changed to UTASCILT in 2006 (to include the TESOL) is the UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL that is put on an run by the Lingua "The Linguistics Circle" student group at UTA.
University of Texas at Arlington Working Papers in Linguistics
Volume 2, 2007