Carol Fowler

Professor Emerita

Psychological Sciences


Ph.D., 1977, University of Connecticut

Research Interests

Prof. Fowler has investigated how listeners extract acoustic information about linguistic speech gestures of the vocal tract and how those gestures implement the language forms (consonants, vowels) that compose the words of a spoken utterance. She has developed that research program within the larger context of anœecology of language in which language use is seen as public, social, cooperative, social action. Her interests include: 

  • Ecology of language
  • speech perception from a direct-realist theoretical perspective
  • compatible theoretical approach to speech perception



Fowler, C. A. Shankewiler, D., & Studdert-Kennedy, M. (2016). Perception of the speech code revisited: Speech is alphabetic after all. Psychological Review.Fowler, C. A. & Xie, Xin (2016) Involvement of the motor system in speech perception. n P. van Lieshout, B. Maassen, & H. Terband (Eds.), Speech motor control in normal and disordered speech: Future developments in theory and methodology (pp. XXXXXX). Rockville, MD: ASHA Press.


Fowler, C. A. (2014). Talking as doing: language forms and public language. New Ideas in Psychology, 32, 174-182.Viswanathan, N., Fowler, C. A. & Magnuson, J. (2009). A critical examination of the spectral contrast account of compensation for coarticulation.Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16, 74-79.

Galantucci, B., Fowler, C. A. & Goldstein, L. (2009). Perceptuomotor compatibility effects in speech. Perception & Psychophysics, 71, 1138-1149.

Sancier, M. and Fowler, C. A. (1997). Gestural drift in a bilingual speaker of Brazilian Portuguese and English. Journal of Phonetics, 25, 421-436.

Fowler, C. (1986). An event approach to a theory of speech perception from a direct-realist perspective. Journal of Phonetics, 14, 3-28.

Honors and Awards

Associate Editor, Language Sciences

Carol Fowler
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