Research in the Phonology Lab

phonology lab in kitchenPhonology lab in kitchen









The phonology laboratory began modestly in my kitchen.

October, 2011

Rebecca Milosevic (MA Thesis in SLA Phonology) 

  • Early bilingual acquisition of the voicing contrast in Spanish and English Paper presented at the Student Research Competition held at California State University, Chico (February 22, 2011), and at the annual system-wide Student Research Competition held at California State University, Fresno (May 8, 2011).

September, 2009

April Pearce (BA in Linguistics ) 

  • Friulian phonemes with a focus on vowel variation.

Chris Albert (BA in Linguistics ) 

  • An acoustic analysis of labialization in Jamaican creole.

Jachin Reilley (TESOL Certificate ) 

  • Sandawe: An ejective comparison.

Liliana Juarez (BA in Linguistics ) 

  • Dutch vowels: The phonetic difference of [Ø:] in Belgium Standard Dutch and Notherlantic Dutch.

Carlos Jimenez (BA in Linguistics ) 

  • Short and long vowels in the dialect of Zurich German.

Sara Haskell (BA in Linguistics ) 

  • The round vowel [Ø:] of the dialect of Hasselt compared with that of French.

August, 2009

ENGL 476

Phonological Analysis

  • Languages analyzed: Keo, Tamil, Frulian, Zurich German, Brazilian Portuguese, Georgian, Mono, Jamaican Creole, Italian, Burmese, Nuuchahnulth, Chickasaw, Tilquiapan Zapotec, Indonesian.
  • Dialects analyzed: New Zeland English, Australian English, Liverpool English, Tyneside English.

July, 2008

Acoustic studies of tonal systems

June, 2007

Sara Evans (BA in Linguistics) 

  • A case study in style shifting of diphthongs /ai/ and /ei/ from Midland to Northern California English Sara presented her research at the CSU Chico Student Research Competition (March 2007) and at the HFA Symposium (April 2007).

Ela Thurgood 

  • An acoustic study of Anong, an endangered language spoken in China

ENGL 476

Phonological Analysis; Production experiments

  • Languages analyzed: Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Luganda, Maltese, Gileki, Farsi, Polish, Swedish.
  • Dialects analyzed: Dayton (Ohio), African American Vernacular English, Scottish English

May, 2006

Becki Clifford (BA in Linguistics) 

  • Russian and Azerbaijani influenced English diphthongs: An acoustic study. Research presented at the CSU, Chico Student Research Competition (February 2006).
ENGL 476
Phonological Analysis; Production experiments; Phonology of second language acquisition; American dialects.

Ela Thurgood

  • Tonal systems

Spring, 2005

Joan Jarrett (BA in Linguistics) 

  • Difference in Vowel Quantity:A non-native German Speaker of English Compared to Native California English Speakers. Research presented at the 19th annual system-wide Student Research Competition held at CSU, Sacramento (April 2005).

Rosemary Capps (MA student) 

  • A case study: Adjustments in English pronunciation by a native Slovak speaker. [I] to [i], diphthongs, and  syllable structure. Paper presented at the 19th annual system-wide Student Research Competition held at CSU, Sacramento (April 2005).

Fall, 2004

ENGL 226 

Phonological Analysis

Ela Thurgood
  • Phonological system of Tsat, an endangered language spoken on the island of Hainon

Spring, 2004

Lynnette Frette

  • English vowels as produced by Russian speakers: An acoustic study in the phonology of English as a second language (MA Thesis)

Corrie Wiens (BA in Linguistics)

  • What makes a Hindi accent a Hindi accent? The production of English stops by a native Hindi speaker.
  • Corrie presented her paper at the 18th annual system-wide Student Research Competition held at CSU, Northridge (April 2004).

Ela Thurgood

  • An acoustic study of Javanese vowels

Fall, 2003 

Amanda and ElaCorrie, Victoria, and Lynette in the Phonology Lab












ENGL 226

Phonological Analysis

Research in the lab 

  • Matt Moscatello "L2 Vowel space construction: A case study of Russian English"
  • Rachelle Troxel "Vowel differences between two English dialects: A case study of one speaker"
  • Jason Theobald "Advanced second language acquisition of English: The case with non-contrastive elements of White Hmong"
  • Brooke Stuard "A Californian English perspective on Brazilian Portuguese English: Patterns of substitution in an L2 speaker"
  • Josh Sasaki "The perception and production of American English vowels that are nonexistent in Turkish"
  • Ray Newland "Pilot study: Vowel and stress shifts in English spoken by a native speaker of Turkish (Istanbul dialect)"
  • Amanda Waidelich "Analysis of stress in Malaysian English: A pilot study"
  • Victoria Miller "Vowel length in the Chicago and Northern Californian Dialect"
  • Lynnette Frette "Contrasting and distinguishing vowel quality in Russian English"
  • Michelle Camero "The affects of L1 on L2 production: A case study of Swedish English"
  • Corrie Wiens "Analysis of the production of English stops by a native Hindi Speaker"

Spring, 2003

Two generations of phoneticians in the lab: Sophy and Josey Huck working together in the phonology lab (spring 2003).










Two generations of phoneticians in the lab: Sophy and Josey Huck working together in the phonology lab (spring 2003).

Sophy Huck (BA in Linguistics) 

  • Perception of a Japanese speaker's English vowels
  • Sophy presented her paper at the 17th annual system-wide Student Research Competition held at CSU, Stanislaus (May 2003).

Fall, 2002 

Ela and Kate exchanging acoustic signals in the lab.Ela and Kate exchanging acoustic signals in the lab.












Ela and Kate exchanging acoustic signals in the lab.

Kate Wray

  • Thai speakers of English in different language communities: a phonological comparison (MA Thesis) 
  • Kate presented her research at the Linguistics Colloquium Series (January 24, 2003).

ENGL 226 

Phonological Analysis; Perception studies

Spring, 2002

Affricates, fricatives, and geminate formation (ongoing research).

Fall, 2001

ENGL 326

Phonology Laboratory

Spring, 2001

Sara Plummer (BA in English) 

  • The acoustic bases of perceived dialectal differences: A study of one American between dialects
  • Sara presented her paper at the 15th annual system-wide Student Research Competition held at San Jose State University (April 2001).