The Phonetics Lab researches the phonetics of Estonian and Finno-Ugric languages. Over the past decades, one of the main areas of research has been prosody, including the Estonian systems of quantity, stress and intonation. In addition to Estonian prosody, the Phonetics Lab has also investigated the prosody of smaller Finno-Ugric languages like Livonian and Inari Sami. Other aspects of phonetics are researched from acoustic, articulatory and speech perception perspectives.
The Phonetics Lab has created and developed the ongoing Phonetic Corpus of Estonian Spontaneous Speech.
The Lab has a recording booth and a range of devices that can be used to record high-quality sound and video. There is an articulograph (Carstens AG501 with 8 channels) and an eye-tracking device (SR Research EyeLink 1000+). The recording booth can be used for various phonetic and psycholinguistic experiments.