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Speech Acquisition Lab People

Current Lab Members

Rachel Hayes-Harb (Lab Co-Director, Professor of Linguistics)

Shannon Barrios (Lab Co-Director, Assistant Professor of Linguistics)

Jonathan Blake (Undergraduate Student)

Maison Evenson (Undergraduate Student)

Billy Finlay (Undergraduate Student)

Caiti Hunting (Undergraduate Student)

Cailey Lloyd (Honors Undergraduate Student)

Jarem Saunders (Undergraduate Student)

Brynn Staker (Undergraduate Student)

Julia Vonessen (Honors Undergraduate Student)


Past Visiting  Student Scholars

Savita Deo (Summer 2018, Bryn Mawr)

Alisa Bedrov (Summer 2017, Duke University)

Colette Feehan (2014-2015, Post-bac Researcher, Department of Linguistics, University of Minnesota)

Katharina Schuhmann (Fall 2014, PhD candidate, Department of Linguistics, SUNY Stony Brook)

Yakov Kronrod (Spring 2014, PhD candidate, Department of Linguistics, University of Maryland)

Vincent Poretta (Fall 2013, PhD candidate, Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta)


Lab Alumni

Tyler Laws

2019 Honors BA  

Taylor Anne Barriuso

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University

2018 PhD

The L2 acquisition of phonemes and allophones under various exposure conditions (Supervisors: Hayes-Harb and Barrios)

Catherine Showalter

Assistant Teaching Professor, College of Professional Studies,  Northeastern University

2018 PhD Orthographic input familiarity and congruence effects on phono-lexical acquisition of Russian by native speakers of English (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)

Joselyn Rodriguez

Research Assistant/Lab Manager, Learning, Adaptation, and Perception lab, Rutgers University

2018 BA UROP Project: The role of phonological distributional information and common visual referents in the acquisition of allophonic variants (Supervisor: Barrios)

Lauren Brocious

2018 BA UROP Project: Orthographic Input and the Three-way Korean Consonant Contrast (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)

Eve Olson

MA Student in Translation, Kent State University

2017 Honors BA Voice Onset Time in Arabic and English Stop Consonants (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb); UROP project: Voice Onset Time in Arabic and English Stop Consonants (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)

Josh Jackson

2016 MA The effects of novel orthographic input and phonetic instruction in second language phonological acquisition (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)

Kristie Durham

2015 MPhil  

Kelsey Williams-Brown

 2015  MA

The Influence of Explicit Instruction on Failure to Acquire a Phonological Rule Due to Orthographic Input: The Case of Native English Speakers Learning German (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)

Savanne Bohnet

2015 BA UROP Project: Content effects in native English-speaking students' adaptation to the speech of ITAs (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)
Bill Roundy 2015  BA UROP project: Lexical encoding and distributional learning with extended exposure time (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)

Andrew Zupon

PhD Student, Department of Linguistics, University of Arizona

2015 MA  
Matthew Halverson 2014   UROP project: Investigating bilingual advantage in discrimination of non-native voicing/aspiration contrasts in Thai stops (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)

Amanda Rabideau

Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Attensity, Salt Lake City, Utah

2014 MA Talker background and individual differences in the speech intelligibility benefit (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)
Jenifer Burk 2014 BA  

Tess Nolan

PhD Student, Department of Linguistics, University of Victoria

2014 BA  

Yuka Muratani

2014 BA UROP project: Transparadigmatic anti-homophony (Supervisor: Abby Kaplan)

Asmaa Shehata


2013 PhD When variability matters in second language word learning: The influence of talker variability on native English speakers’ recognition and lexical encoding of Arabic phoneme contrasts (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)

Brett Hashimoto

PhD Student, Applied Linguistics, Northern Arizona University

2013 BA  

Jeffrey Green

PhD Student, Department of Linguistics, University of Maryland

2013 BA UROP project: The influence of L1 and L2 on perceptual VOT boundaries in initial-stage L3 (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)

Jessica Larsen

2013 BA UROP project: Native English speaker Perception of Arabic Emphatic Contrasts & the effects of Vowel Context (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)
Robert Capps 2012 BA UROP project: Determining effective ESL instruction strategies for pre-literate adults (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)
Hui-wen Cheng 2012-2013 Post-Doc  

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2011 MA Effect of lexical access and meaningful linguistic context on L2 speech perception (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)

Jenia Ivanova

Instructor, English Language Institute, University of Utah

2011 MA The effect of teacher talk on L2 learners' comprehension (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)

Mara Haslam

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Stockholm

2011 PhD The effect of perceptual training including required lexical access and meaningful linguistic context on L2 phonology (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)

Sadie Dickman

Director of Product Training and Client Success, Kaplan International English

2009 MA

Differences in intelligibility of non-native directed speech and hearing impaired directed speech for non-native listeners (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)

Aleksandra Zaba 2008 PhD Relative frequency of patterns and learnability: The case of phonological harmony (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)
Erin Hansen 2008 BA  
Jamie Johnson 2008 BA UROP project: Intelligibility of Bosnian-accented English speech (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)
Robert Sykes 2008 BA  

Heather Gross

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Jennifer Leparmentier 2007 MA Novel feature processing by children and adults (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)
Jennifer Mallory 2007 BA  
Sarah Brooks 2007 BA  

Zac Rasmussen

Real Estate Agent, Harlem Properties, NY

2007 Honors BA The interlanguage speech intelligibility benefit: Arabic-accented English (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb); UROP project: Arabic Learning Distribution Study (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)
Maren Schierloh Uggen 2006-2007 MA  
Judith Poole 2006    

Kaitlin Bolewicz

Speech Language Pathologist, Idaho Falls School District, Idaho

2006 MA The effects of lexical characteristics on L2 phonological acquisition (Supervisor: Hayes-Harb)
Carl Gierisch 2005 BA  
Scott Denham 2005 BA  
Last Updated: 10/23/19