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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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  • The Speech Acquisition Lab is delighted to welcome our newest lab members!

    Welcome Billy Finlay & Khalid Alharbi! Billy is an undergraduate linguistics major and Khalid is a first year PhD student joining the lab this fall semester!

  • The Speech Acquisition Lab will be at PSLLT 2018 - Sept 8th & 9th!

    • Shannon Barrios & Joselyn Rodriguez: The role of lexical cues in the adult acquisition of L2 allophonic alternants
    • Rachel Hayes-Harb & Shannon Barrios: Investigating the phonological content of learners' lexical representations for new L2 words
    • Romy Ghanem, Khalid Alharbi,& Talal Alharbi: The Investigation of a Common Modern Spoken Arabic

  • Congratulations to recent graduate Taylor Anne Barriuso!
    Taylor Anne is now a post-doc at Iowa State working with John Levis on the "golden speaker" project!

  • Congratulations, Julia Vonessen!
    Julia is a Fall 2018 UROP Scholar working on the perception of non-native accented speech!

  • Summer Training
    May 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

  • Lab Meeting - Welcome Cailey and Tyler & Lab Updates
    Friday, March 30th from 10:30-11:30am, Location TBD

  • 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 - Lab updates & UUSCIL Practice Talks
    Wednesday, April 5th from 12-1:30pm in LNCO 2495

Last Updated: 10/16/17