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Welcome to this spring’s labbies!

By PAMLab
January 16th, 2018 in Students.

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 acquisition.
  • Shan Wan is a junior double-majoring in Japanese and Linguistics and Psychology. She is interested in psycholinguistics, bilingualism, and language education.

And a warm welcome back to Hye Youn, Kevin, Qian, Sharmaine, Wayne, and William!

PAMLab at OCP 15

By PAMLab
January 14th, 2018 in Conferences.

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).

Congrats to UROP recipient Sharmaine Sun

By PAMLab
January 1st, 2018 in Awards, Congratulations, Grants, Students.

Congratulations to Sharmaine Sun, who was awarded a Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant to continue working in the lab this coming semester! 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 investigating features of English and heritage languages spoken by Asian Americans, across a range of ethnicities and life histories in the U.S. In Spring 2018, Sharmaine will continue contributing to the analysis of pilot data, including interviews and socio-demographic questionnaires. She will also coordinate standards for interview transcription and collect phonetic results on the feature of “TH-stopping” in different subgroups of the interview corpus.

PAMLab at BUCLD 42

By PAMLab
November 5th, 2017 in Conferences.

Prof. Chang presented results on L1 perceptual attrition (from collaborative work with Dr. Sunyoung Ahn) and results on L3 tone perception (from Vicky Chan’s MA research) at this weekend’s Boston University Conference on Language Development. The titles of the two talks were “Perception of non-native tonal contrasts by Mandarin-English and English-Mandarin sequential bilinguals” (slides here) and “The role of age and cross-linguistic similarity in first language perceptual attrition” (slides here).

PAMLabbies at UROP symposium

By PAMLab
October 13th, 2017 in Conferences, Students.

Sharmaine Sun (CAS ’19) and Kathryn Turner (CAS ’17) with their respective posters (“Do I Sound Asian? TH-stopping in Chinese American Speakers”; “Effects of Age and Bilingualism on Production of Korean and English Fricatives”) at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, hosted by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Great job, Sharmaine and Kathryn!

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Congrats to UROP grant recipient

By PAMLab
October 3rd, 2017 in Congratulations, Grants, Students.

Congratulations to Sharmaine Sun, who was awarded a Fall 2017 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant to continue working on research in the lab this semester! 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 features of English and heritage languages spoken by Asian Americans, across a range of ethnicities and life histories in the U.S., and (2) testing the perception, by both Asian and non-Asian American listeners, of Asian racial/ethnic identity in the speech of Asian American English users. Sharmaine will be involved in the analysis of pilot data on this project collected over the summer.

Paper on perceptual attrition in Language Learning

By PAMLab
September 20th, 2017 in Publications.

A research article entitled “Age effects in first language attrition: Speech perception by Korean-English bilinguals” (Ahn, Chang, DeKeyser & Lee-Ellis, 2017) has been published in the September issue of Language Learning.

Abstract: This study investigated how bilinguals’ perception of their first language (L1) differs according to age of reduced contact with L1 after immersion in a second language (L2). Twenty-one L1 Korean-L2 English bilinguals in the United States, ranging in age of reduced contact from 3 to 15 years, and 17 control participants in Korea were tested perceptually on three L1 contrasts differing in similarity to L2 contrasts. Compared to control participants, bilinguals were less accurate on L1-specific contrasts, and their accuracy was significantly correlated with age of reduced contact, an effect most pronounced for the contrast most dissimilar to L2. These findings suggest that the earlier bilinguals are extensively exposed to L2, the less likely they are to perceive L1 sounds accurately. However, this relationship is modulated by crosslinguistic similarity, and a turning point in L2 acquisition and L1 attrition of phonology appears to occur at around age 12.

This study followed Open Science practices, and all materials and data are publicly accessible via the Open Science Framework at https://osf.io/G4C7Z and https://osf.io/B2478.

Welcome to new labbies!

By PAMLab
September 8th, 2017 in Students.

Welcome to the six students who will be joining the lab this semester to work on various research projects:

  • Hye Youn Jo is a second-year graduate student in the TESOL EdM program (SED). Her interests are in phonology, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, and bilingualism.
  • William Longerbeam is a senior majoring in Linguistics. His interests are in phonology.
  • Dominique Lopiccolo is a second-year graduate student in the Applied Linguistics MA program. Her interests are in second language acquisition, bilingualism, acquisition of phonology, and the cognitive interface between music and speech-language processing.
  • Benjamin Wong is a sophomore majoring in Biomedical Engineering (ENG). He is interested in learning more about acoustics.
  • Qian Yu is a freshman majoring in Linguistics. She is interested in bilingualism, acquisition, and phonetic variation.
  • Elizabeth Zhao is a freshman (pre-med) in CAS. She is interested in learning more about language variation, neurolinguistics, and psycholinguistics.

Tone aptitude research in Psychology Today

By PAMLab
July 25th, 2017 in Media, Publications.

Prof. Chang’s work with Dr. Anita Bowles and Valerie Karuzis on tone aptitude (Bowles, Chang & Karuzis, 2016) was featured on the “Life as a bilingual” blog in Psychology Today:

Do Musicians Make Better Language Learners?
by Aneta Pavlenko (July 5, 2017)

PAMLab at ASA meeting

By PAMLab
June 30th, 2017 in Conferences.

Prof. Chang presented new results on Korean fricative hyperarticulation (from collaborative work with Dr. Hae-Sung Jeon) in the Thursday morning poster session at this week’s Acoustical Society of America meeting (5aSC. Variation: Age, Gender, Dialect, and Style). The title of the poster was “Effects of age, sex, context, and lexicality on hyperarticulation of Korean fricatives”, and the poster can be viewed here.