Welcome! I’m an Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Director of Public Relations in the Department of Linguistics at Boston University. I direct the Phonetics, Acquisition & Multilingualism Lab (PAMLab), and am affiliated with the Center for Innovation in Social Science, the Center for the Study of Asia, and the Hearing Research Center. I am also an Associate Editor of the journal Second Language Research and a Faculty Advisor to the Boston University Conference on Language Development. My pronouns are the ‘he’ series (he/him/his).

My research generally concerns the relationship between linguistic experience and phonological knowledge over the lifespan. Much of my recent research addresses two central questions in the study of the acquisition and attrition of sound systems:

  1. How is acquisition of a new language sound system influenced by the learner’s experience with a previously-learned sound system, such as that of their native language (L1)?
  2. How does phonological acquisition of a new language affect the learner’s knowledge and use of their previously-learned language(s)?

I approach these questions primarily by examining the processing, representation, and development of speech sounds in the context of second language (L2) and additional language (Ln) learning, multilingualism, and language contact. This empirical focus leads to work that is strongly cross-linguistic in nature, that uses a variety of experimental techniques and quantitative methods, and that examines both the individual learner (including individual differences) and the speech community.

For links to downloadable publications, click here. For links to downloadable handouts or slides from talks/posters I’ve given, click here. You can also find me on Google Scholar, OSF, ORCID, ResearchGate, or Academia.edu.

Associate Professor of Linguistics, Boston University