Author: PAMLab

Phonetics, Acquisition & Multilingualism Lab (PAMLab) Linguistics Program, College of Arts and Sciences Boston University

Welcome to this fall’s labbies!

Welcome to the recent Linguistics graduate who will be joining the lab this semester to work on research projects: Leslie Fink graduated with a Linguistics major from Dartmouth College in 2016. Her interests are in adult language acquisition, experimental design, quantitative methods, and materials development. And a warm welcome back to Aspen!

Congrats to UROP recipient Aspen Bombardo

Congratulations to Aspen Bombardo, who was awarded an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant to continue working on research in the lab in Fall 2018! Below is a brief description of the project she will be working on: Aspen Bombardo: “Variation in the production of English consonant clusters by Asian American bilinguals” Aspen will be working on a sociophonetic research […]

Welcome to Dr. Ahn!

Welcome to Dr. Sunyoung Ahn, who will be a Visiting Researcher in the lab for 2018-19. Dr. Ahn’s areas of specialty are psycholinguistics and second language acquisition. She completed her PhD in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Maryland, and taught Korean as a second language for the past few years at Harvard University. During […]

PAMLab at LabPhon 16

Prof. Chang is in Lisbon this week to present results on sound change in Korean fricatives (from collaborative work with Dr. Hae-Sung Jeon) in the Friday afternoon poster session at this week’s Conference on Laboratory Phonology. The title of the presentation is “Categorical ambiguity and sound change in Seoul Korean”.

Welcome to this summer’s labbies!

Welcome to the six students who will be joining the lab this summer: Aspen Bombardo is a rising sophomore majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Her interests are in language production and language learning, especially phonetic and phonological acquisition in learners of English as a second language. Will Clapp is a second-year PhD student in Linguistics. His interests are in phonetics, phonology, and psycholinguistics. Ziwei (Jo) Huang (interning […]

Paper on Chinese LexTALE in BUCLD 42 Proceedings

A paper entitled “LEXTALE_CH: A quick, character-based proficiency test for Mandarin Chinese” (Chan & Chang, 2018) has been published in the Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. This paper describes the development of the Mandarin proficiency test that was used for control purposes in the tone perception study presented at BUCLD 42. Abstract: Research […]

Congrats to UROP recipient Sharmaine Sun

Congratulations to Sharmaine Sun, who was awarded an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant to continue working on research in the lab in Summer 2018! Below is a brief description of the project she will be working on: Sharmaine Sun: “Language use and perceptions of Asian Bostonians” Sharmaine will be working on a sociophonetic research project with two components: (1) examining […]

Paper on crosslinguistic speech perception in JPhon

A research article entitled “Perceptual attention as the locus of transfer to nonnative speech perception” (Chang, 2018) has been published in the May issue of Journal of Phonetics. Abstract: One’s native language (L1) is known to influence the development of a nonnative language (L2) at multiple levels, but the nature of L1 transfer to L2 perception remains […]

Welcome to this spring’s labbies!

Welcome to the three students who will be joining the lab this semester to work on various research projects: Nurgül Işik is a graduate student in the TESOL EdM program (SED). Her interests are in psycholinguistics, bilingualism, and language development. Elisabeth Kotsalidis is a sophomore double-majoring in Anthropology and Classical Civilization. Her interests are in multilingualism and language […]

PAMLab at OCP 15

Prof. Chang presented results on L1 phonological transfer (from collaborative work with Prof. Sungmi Kwon) at this weekend’s Old World Conference on Phonology in London. The title of the talk was “Sensitivity and transfer in perceptual learning of nonnative phonological contrasts” (slides here).