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Taylor Anne Barriuso

Taylor Anne Barriuso

I am a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Utah. My primary area of interest is how adults learn a second language (L2). During my undergraduate studies, I worked with Dr. John Levis (Iowa State University) studying nonnative pronunciation and the ways it interacts with other factors, such as grammaticality and instructor language background. For my masters, I worked with Dr. Shannon Barrios (University of Utah) to investigate the role of phonological distributional information in learning novel L2 allophonic alternations. Under the mentorship of Dr. Rachel Hayes-Harb (University of Utah), I am currently working on my dissertation, which uses an online implementation of high variability phonetic training (www.englishaccentcoach.com) to look at whether more learner-centered applications of this type of training can result in improved discrimination of difficult L2 contrasts, and whether learners are able to implement these contrasts in a lexical task in parallel with perceptual gains.

Publications

Barriuso, T.A. and S. Barrios. (2017). The role of phonological distributional information on the acquisition of L2 allophones. In M. O’Brien & J. Levis (Eds). Proceedings of the 8th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, ISSN 2380-9566, Calgary, AB, August 2016 (pp. 10-20). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

Levis, J. M., Sonsaat, S., Link, S., & Barriuso, T. A. (2016). Native and Nonnative Teachers of L2 Pronunciation: Effects on Learner Performance.TESOL Quarterly.

 Levis, J. & Barriuso, T. A. (2012). Nonnative speakers’ pronunciation errors in spoken and read English. In. J. Levis & K. LeVelle (Eds.). Proceedings of the 3rd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Sept. 2011. (pp. 187-194). Ames, IA: Iowa State University

 Presentations

Barriuso, T.A. & S. Barrios.  (2016). The role of phonological distributional information in the acquisition of a novel allophonic alternation.  Conference on Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching. Calgary, Canada, August.

“The influence of grammar and pronunciation on comprehensibility.” University of Utah Student Conference in Linguistics, Salt Lake City, UT, April 2015.

“Native and nonnative teachers of pronunciation: Does language background make a difference in learner performance?” Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching, Ames, IA. September 2013. Presented with John Levis, Stephanie Link, and Sinem Sonsaat.

“Segmental errors in conversational and read speech: A comparison of ESL learners from four language backgrounds.”  Paper presented at the 3rd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference, Ames, IA, September 2011. Presented with John Levis.

Last Updated: 9/7/17