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Rachel Hayes-Harb

Rachel Hayes-Harb I am a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Utah, where I serve as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Capstone Programs. My research focuses on a variety of phenomena related to the acquisition of the phonology of a second language (L2) by adult learners, specifically the development of L2 phoneme inventories and L2 phonolexical structure. My research typically involves experimental investigations of the perception of L2 sounds and the influence of various types of linguistic experience on L2 phonological development.

I currently serve as an Associate Editor at Phonetica and Applied Psycholinguistics, and on the editorial boards of Second Language Research, Applied Psycholinguistics, and Journal of Second Language Pronunciation.

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Recent Research

The majority of my scholarship has focused on adults’ ability to establish and to use lexical representations in a second language. The involvement of the lexicon (narrowly defined here as a set of mappings between meanings and phonological forms) is central to my work: Unlike research focused primarily on speech production and perception in their own right, I investigate these phenomena primarily as they function in the service of distinguishing minimally contrastive lexical items. In an effort to better understand the nature of learners’ lexical-phonological structure, I am particularly interested in the sources of information that contribute to the phonological content of lexical representations—that is, the role that various types of input play in L2 acquisition.

Selected Publications

Olson, D.E. & R. Hayes-Harb. To appear. Voice onset time in Arabic and English stop consonants. Al-Arabiyya.

Smith, B.L. & R. Hayes-Harb & E.M. Johnson. To appear. ESL learners’ acoustic variability in producing American English tense and lax vowels. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation.

Barriuso, T.A. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2018. High variability phonetic training as a bridge from research to practice. The CATESOL Journal 30, 1, 177-194. Link to full text.

Hayes-Harb, R., K. Williams-Brown & B.L. Smith. 2017. Orthographic input and the acquisition of German word-final devoicing by native English speakers. Language & Speech. doi: 10.1177/0023830917710048.

Durham, K., R. Hayes-Harb, S. Barrios & C.E. Showalter. 2016. The influence of various visual input types on L2 learners’ memory for the phonological forms of newly-learned words. In J. Levis, H. Le., I. Lucic, E. Simpson, & S. Vo (Eds). Proceedings of the 7th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Dallas, TX, October 2016. Ames, IA: Iowa State University. Refereed. Link to full text.

Hayes-Harb, R. & K. Durham. 2016. Native English speakers’ perception of Arabic emphatic consonants and the influence of vowel context. Foreign Language Annals, 49, 3, 557-572. doi: 10.1111/flan.12217

Blackmer, R. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2016. Identifying effective methods of instruction for adult emergent readers through community-based research. Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 5, 2, 35-49. Link to full text.

Hayes-Harb, R., & H.-w. Cheng. 2016. The influence of the Pinyin and Zhuyin writing systems on the acquisition of Mandarin word forms by native English speakers. Frontiers in Psychology, 7. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00785. Link to full text.Materials available on IRIS.

Hayes-Harb, R. & J.F. Hacking. 2015a. Beyond rating data: What do listeners believe underlies their accentedness judgments? Journal of Second Language Pronunciation, 1, 1, 43-64. doi: 10.1075/jslp.1.1.02hay

Hayes-Harb, R. & J.F. Hacking. 2015b. The influence of written stress marks on native English speakers’ acquisition of Russian lexical stress contrasts. Slavic and East European Journal, 59, 1, 91-109. Link to full text.

Showalter, C. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2015.Native English speakers learning Arabic: The influence of novel orthographic information on second language phonological acquisition.Applied Psycholinguistics 36, 1, 23-42. doi: 10.1017/S0142716414000411. Link to full text.Materials available on IRIS.

Bassetti, B., P. Escudero & R. Hayes-Harb. 2015. Second language phonology at the interface between acoustic and orthographic input. Introduction to special issue of Applied Psycholinguistics, 36, 1, 1-6. doi: 10.1017/S0142716414000393. Link to full text.

Hayes-Harb, R. 2014. Acoustic-phonetic parameters in the perception of accent. In A. Moyer & J. Levis, eds. Social Dynamics in Second Language Accent. De Gruyter Mouton. Pp. 31-51. Invited.

Hayes-Harb, R. 2014. Review of Foreign Accent: The Phenomenon of Non-Native Speech, by Alene Moyer. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 18, 3, 414-418.

Showalter, C.E. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2013.Unfamiliar orthographic information and second language word learning: A novel lexicon study. Second Language Research, 29, 2, 54-69. doi: 10.1177/0267658313480154 Materials available on IRIS.

Hayes-Harb, R. & J. Watzinger-Tharp. 2012. Accent, intelligibility, and the role of the listener: Perceptions of English-accented German by native German speakers.Foreign Language Annals, 45, 2, 260–282. doi: 10.111/j.1944-9720.2012.01190.x

Hayes-Harb, R. 2012. Comparative phonetics and phonology. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, ed. Chapelle, C.A.  Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. Invited.

Smith, B.L. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2011a. Individual differences in the perception of final consonant voicing among native and non-native speakers of English.Journal of Phonetics, 39, 1, 115-120. doi: 10.1016/j.wocn.2010.11.005.

Smith, B.L. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2011b. Speech production and speech perception by German speakers learning English as a second language. In P. Lang, ed. Selected Proceedings of New Sounds 2010 (Polish Studies in English Language and Literature, Volume 31). Refereed.

Hayes-Harb, R., J. Nicol & J. Barker. 2010. Learning the phonological forms of new words: Effects of orthographic and auditory input.Language and Speech, 53, 3, 367-381. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00785 Materials available on IRIS.

Smith, B.L., R. Hayes-Harb, M. Bruss & A.A. Harker. 2009. Production and perception of voicing and devoicing in similar German and English word pairs by native speakers of German.  Journal of Phonetics, 37, 3, 257-275. doi: 10.1016/j.wocn.2009.03.001

Schierloh, M. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2009. The contributions of talker familiarity and individual talker characteristics to FL listening comprehension: Native English speakers listening to German.Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 41, 2, 171-185. Link to journal.

Hayes-Harb, R., B.L. Smith, T. Bent & A.R. Bradlow. 2008. The interlanguage speech intelligibility benefit for native speakers of Mandarin: Production and perception of English word-final voicing contrasts.Journal of Phonetics, 36, 4, 664-679. doi: 10.1016/j.wocn.2008.04.002

Escudero, P., R. Hayes-Harb, & H. Mitterer. 2008. Novel second-language words and asymmetric lexical access.Journal of Phonetics, 36, 2, 345-360. doi: 10.1016/j.wocn.2007.11.002

Hayes-Harb & K. Masuda. 2008. Development of the ability to lexically encode novel L2 phonemic contrasts. Second Language Research, 24, 1, 5-33. doi: 10.1177/0267658307082980

Hayes-Harb, R. 2007. Lexical and statistical evidence in the acquisition of second language phonemes.Second Language Research, 23, 1, 1-31. doi: 10.1177/0267658307071601 Materials available on IRIS.

Masuda, K. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2007. Lexical development of Korean learners of Japanese: A case study of Japanese consonant quantity. In M. Minami, ed. Applying Theory and Research to Learning Japanese as a Foreign Language. Tokyo: Kurosio. Refereed.

Hayes-Harb, R. 2006. Native speakers of Arabic and ESL texts: Evidence for the transfer of written word identification processes. TESOL Quarterly, 40, 2, 321-339. doi: 10.2307/40264525

Hayes-Harb, R. 2005. Optimal L2 speech perception: Native speakers of English and Japanese consonant length contrasts. Journal of Language & Linguistics, 4, 1, 1-29. Link to full text.



Khalid Alharbi (PhD)

Catherine E. Showalter (2018 PhD)

Taylor Anne Barriuso (2018 PhD)

Eve Olson (2017 BA Honors)

Joshua Jackson (2017 MA)

Kelsey Brown (2015 MA)

Amanda Rabideau (2014 MA)

Asmaa Shehata (2013 PhD)

Jenia Ivanova (2011 MA)

Mara Haslam (2011 PhD)

Jennifer Leparmentier (2007 MA)

Zac Rasmussen (2007 Honors BA)

Last Updated: 12/5/18