Research

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My Research Interests

  • The role of syllable structure in phoneme detection & categorization and spoken and visual word recognition.
  • Ludlings (language games) and the relationship between the typology of language games and speech processing.
  • The structure and processing of nonconcatenative morphology, especially in Moroccan Arabic & Maltese.
  • Initial Consonant Mutation in Welsh and its role in speech perception and the structure of the lexicon.

My Dissertation

My dissertation, co-chaired by Dr. Michael Hammond and Dr. Natasha Warner, consists of three papers focusing on the interactions of syllable structure, acoustic properties of speech sounds, and the structure of the lexicon in speech processing. I employ phoneme detection, artificial grammar learning, and auditory priming to investigate these factors.

Collaborative Work

Visual Word Recognition

This is collaborative work with Jonathan Geary that uses visual masked priming to investigate consonant-vowel asymmetries in form priming, particularly subset priming in which the prime consists of a proper subset of the graphemes in the target word. Here's some of our work:

Initial Consonant Mutation in Welsh

I am a research assistant on NSF grant 1453724 Experimental and Descriptive Investigations of Welsh Consonant Mutation. The grant uses corpus, psycholinguistic & elicitation methods and ultrasound analysis to analyze patterns of stability and variability in the production and processing of Welsh Initial Consonant Mutation. You can learn more about Celtic-related research at the University of Arizona at celtic.arizona.edu

Acoustic Phonetics of Spoken Arabic

This is collaborative work with William Cotter and Elise Bell that explores the influence of task and speech rate on the dynamics of pharyngealization spread in Hijazi Arabic, spoken in western Saudi Arabia. Pharyngealization spread, a.k.a emphasis spread, is a harmony process in Arabic in which vowels lower and back in the presence of a phonemically pharyngealized consonant.

Teaching

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Teaching Experience

  • LING 314: Phonetics
  • LING/PHIL/PSY 432: Psychology of Language
  • LING 123: Introduction to the Mathematics of Language
  • LING 150A1: Language in the World

Pedagogical Research: Conlangs as teaching tools

A collaboration with Dr. Amy Fountain (University of Arizona), Shannon Bischoff (Indiana University, Purdue University Fort Wayne), and Jeffrey Punske (Southern Illinois University).

Beginning in Spring 2006, Dr. Fountain developed a large (400+ student) first-year general education course around an Invented Language Project in which students use linguistic principles to create their own languages. Since then, members of the research team have developed and refined the Invented Language Project and transported it to a variety of colleges and universities in the United States. Currently we are examining the strategies that have been used and evaluating the effectiveness of using language invention in introductory courses for non-majors as well as for students with an interest in linguistics. We are working to identify patterns of effectiveness in the use of language invention in the classroom and to assess students’ mastery of core concepts in linguistics, their beliefs and attitudes about language, and their perception of the utility of language invention for their own learning.

For more information about using language invention in the classroom and beyond:

Online Experiments

If you like to participate in an online experiment, check the list of available studies below! If you have any questions or concerns about these studies, please contact me at skanderson@email.arizona.edu.

There are no studies currently available

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