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Welcome to this spring’s labbies!

By PAMLabJanuary 10th, 2019in Students

Welcome to the new Linguistics student joining the lab this semester to work on research:

  • Jiangnan (Michael) Fang is a sophomore double-majoring in Linguistics and Mathematics and minoring in Music. His interests are in second language acquisition, speech production, the perception of nonnative vs. native speakers, and the relationship of speech perception to prosodic features such as vowel length and stress.

And a warm welcome back to Aspen, Dom, and Leslie!

PAMLab at LSA 2019

By PAMLabJanuary 1st, 2019in Conferences

Prof. Chang is in New York this week to present results on L2 perceptual learning of Korean (from collaborative work with Dr. Sungmi Kwon) in the Saturday afternoon ‘Phonetics II’ session at this week’s Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. The title of the presentation is “The contributions of crosslinguistic influence and individual differences to nonnative speech perception”.

Welcome to Dr. Yao!

By PAMLabDecember 31st, 2018in Visitors

Welcome to Dr. Yao Yao, who will be a Visiting Researcher in the lab for Spring 2019. Dr. Yao’s areas of specialty are phonetics, psycholinguistics, and corpus linguistics. She completed her PhD in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and is on sabbatical from her position as Associate Professor in the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. During her visit, she will be working on research projects investigating phonological neighborhood density effects and the phonetics of heritage languages.

Congrats to UROP recipient Aspen Bombardo

By PAMLabDecember 21st, 2018in Awards, Congratulations, Students

Congratulations to Aspen Bombardo, who was awarded a second Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant to continue working on research in Spring 2019! 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 project examining features of English and heritage languages spoken by Asian Americans, across a range of ethnicities and life histories in the U.S. In Spring 2019, Aspen will analyze speech recordings from interviews with Vietnamese Americans and Chinese Americans who learned English as a second language, with a focus on variation in the production of /sC/ consonant clusters.

PAMLab at JK 26

By PAMLabNovember 27th, 2018in Conferences

Prof. Chang is in Los Angeles 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 Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference. The title of the presentation is “The role of speaker gender in diachronic change of Korean fricatives”.

Welcome to this fall’s labbies!

By PAMLabOctober 1st, 2018in Students, Visitors

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

By PAMLabSeptember 28th, 2018in Awards, Congratulations, Grants, Students

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 project examining features of English and heritage languages spoken by Asian Americans, across a range of ethnicities and life histories in the U.S. In Fall 2018, Aspen will be involved in analyzing speech recordings from a pilot corpus of interviews, with a focus on variation in the production of consonant clusters by Asian Americans who learned English as a second language.

Welcome to Dr. Ahn!

By PAMLabAugust 29th, 2018in Visitors

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 her visit, she will be working on research projects investigating L2 processing and production.

Welcome to this summer’s labbies!

By PAMLabMay 21st, 2018in Students, Visitors

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 from June 25 to August 16) is a rising senior majoring in Linguistics and Organizational Studies at Pitzer College. Her interests are in applied linguistics, multilingualism, language development, and language education.
  • Xiyuan (Jessica) Li (interning from May 29 to July 21) is a rising junior majoring in Chinese and Bilingual Studies at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her interests are in bilingualism, psycholinguistics, and neurolinguistics.
  • Shane Quinn (interning from May 20 to August 23) is a rising senior majoring in Linguistics and Arabic at Georgetown University. His interests are in multilingualism, language endangerment, language documentation, and revitalization, especially as pertains the acquisition of endangered languages.
  • Yueliang Shao is a second-year MA student in Linguistics. His interests are in phonetics, phonology, and psycholinguistics.

And a warm welcome back to Qian and Wayne!