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Researchers in the Speech Acquisition Lab explore questions about how the sound system of a second language is learned by adult learners, such as: Why do adult second language learners typically have accents? Why are some new sounds harder for adults to learn than others? What sources of information do second language learners draw on when learning a new sound system?

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Are you interested in undergraduate or graduate study in L2 phonology? Click here to learn more.

We are pleased to host the conference on Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching 2017!


  • Eve Olson is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award in the College of Humanities! Well done, Eve!!! For more:

  • Congratulations to Taylor Anne Barriuso for being awarded a Language Learning dissertation grant!

  • Congratulations to Taylor Anne Barriuso on the successful completion of her comprehensive exam!
    The manuscript she defended is called "The role of phonological distributional information in the acquisition of a novel allophonic alternation" which has been submitted to the Proceedings of the Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference.

    Way to go Taylor Anne!

  • The Speech Acquisition Lab is delighted to welcome its newest lab member, Joselyn Rodriguez. Joselyn is a Linguistics major and a Korean studies minor. Welcome, Joselyn!

  • Pronunciation in Second Language Learning & Teaching (PSLLT) 9th Annual Conference
    Salt Lake City, UT Sept 1-2, 2017
    Abstracts due April 7
    Click here for more information

  • Lab Meeting - Welcome Allison & Study Updates
    Thursday, February 16th from 1-2:00pm in LNCO 2495

  • Lab Meeting - Welcome Joselyn & Study Updates
    Friday Nov 4th from 12:00-1:00pm in LNCO 2495

  • Lab Meeting - Practice Talk for PSLLT 2016
    Thursday July 28th from 12:30-3pm in LNCO 2495

Last Updated: 9/9/16