Speech Sounds as Symbols

By: Raul Prezas   Paul Shockley  

In this collaborative interdisciplinary approach we will explore phonological universals and phonological patterns that exist in human speech sound acquisition. If this inquiry can empirically demonstrate that cross-cultural phonological universals and patterns exist, then how can we best explain their existence? This inter-professional project will analyze empirical and statistical analysis in multiple areas to determine potential contribution to contemporary discussions for God's existence. If this investigation provides evidence for the existence of God, then this collaborative project will be the first of its kind that integrates speech and language development, philosophy of religion, and universal phonological speech sounds that point us to God.

2019 Special Focus—Universal Religious Symbols: Mutual Influences and Specific Relationships
Poster/Exhibit Session

Raul Prezas

Associate Professor of Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders , Stephen F. Austin State University

Raul F. Prezas, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Associate Professor in the Department of Human Services at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. He has several years of clinical experience in the university, public school, and home health settings; particularly working with bilingual children and their families. Dr. Prezas has served as a bilingual speech-language evaluator in the school setting and has participated on early childhood assessment teams. His research interests include biligual phonological acquisition, bilingual/multilingual assessment and intervention, phonological treatment models/outcomes, multicultural issues, and underrepresented populations.

Dr. Paul Shockley

Lecturer of Philosohpy, Division of Multidisciplinary Programs, Stephen F. Austin State University, United States
Texas, United States

Dr. Paul R. Shockley, Professor of Philosophy of Philosophy, Bible, and Theology at the College of Biblical Studies-Houston and Lecturer of Philosophy, Stephen F. Austin State University. Scholarly interests involve aesthetics, moral philosophy, philosophy of religion, hermeneutics, existentialism, American philosopher (John Dewey). Live in SW Houston, married, and have four adult children.