Advising

Graduate Thesis Direction

  • Robson Ribeiro, “Musical aptitude and SLA: The role of musical perception in the production of English vowels” (Ph.D. in English Linguistics; co-supervised with Rosane Silveira), Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil
    • in progress
  • Dominique Lopiccolo, “Numerosity processing in Arabic and English monoliterates and Arabic-English biliterates” (M.A. project in Applied Linguistics), Boston University, 2018-2019
  • Xinwen Hu, “Selection mechanisms underlying bilinguals’ single word production” (M.A. project in Applied Linguistics), Boston University, 2017-2019
    • currently: Grade 3 Teacher Trainee, Wuxi Nanwai King’s College School (China)
  • I Lei Chan, “The perception of non-native Thai and Yoruba tonal contrasts by native Mandarin/English and English/Mandarin sequential bilinguals” (M.A. project in Applied Linguistics), Boston University, 2016-2017
  • Brenden Layte, “Bilingual autobiographical memory recall as modulated by affect and language dominance” (M.A. project in Applied Linguistics), Boston University, 2016-2017
    • currently: Senior Development Editor, National Geographic Learning
  • Ilaria Compagnoni, “An investigation on the production of the Italian short liquids /r/, /l/ and the long liquids /ll/, /rr/ and /ʎ/ by L1 Japanese speakers” (M.A. dissertation in Linguistics), SOAS, University of London, 2014-2015
    • currently: Certified Pilates Instructor
  • Phuong Hanh Hoang, “Individual differences in working memory capacity and performance in second language integrated writing task” (M.A. dissertation in Linguistics), SOAS, University of London, 2014-2015
    • currently: Researcher, National Centre for Sustainable Development of General Education Quality, Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences, Ministry of Education and Training
  • Paul Sutherland, “‘Simply another instrument’: Symbolic roles for endangered languages within the post-rock and IDM music genres” (M.A. dissertation in Language Documentation and Description), SOAS, University of London, 2014-2015

Graduate Thesis Committees

  • Ran Li, “Investigation of language impairment and treatment-induced recovery patterns between verbs and nouns in Mandarin-English bilinguals with aphasia” (Ph.D. dissertation in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences), Boston University, 2020-2022
  • Megan Brown, “Theories of L3 morphosyntax in the acquisition of grammatical gender in L3 Spanish-English bilinguals” (M.A. project in Applied Linguistics), Boston University, 2017-2018
  • Max Kaplan, “Cross-modal rhythmic entrainment with language: The effect of prosodic prominence on attention and visual processing” (M.A. project in Applied Linguistics), Boston University, 2017-2018
  • Cheng Cheng, “The role of visual feedback in learning to produce Mandarin tones” (M.S. thesis in Speech-Language Pathology), Boston University, 2016-2017
  • Lauren Gerrish, “Finding the difference in pitch profiles of speakers from Spain and El Salvador” (M.A. project in Applied Linguistics), Boston University, 2016-2017
  • Deirdre McLaughlin, “Top-down lexical effects in talker identification” (M.S. thesis in Speech-Language Pathology), Boston University, 2016-2017
  • Deborah Waughtal, “A sociophonetic case study of intra-speaker variation in Spanish coda /s/ and /θ/ production” (M.A. project in Applied Linguistics), Boston University, 2016-2017
  • Natalia Kartushina, “Second language phonological acquisition in adults: The interplay between the native and non-native languages” (Ph.D. dissertation in Psychology), University of Geneva, 2015

Graduate Thesis Examination

  • 1 Ph.D. thesis, Department of English-Polish Comparative Linguistics, Adam Mickiewicz University
  • 1 M.A. thesis, Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore
  • 3 M.A. theses, Department of Linguistics, SOAS, University of London

Qualifying Paper Supervision

  • Jackson Kellogg, “An early threshold for phonetic drift: The effect of exposure to an unfamiliar VOT contrast” (Ph.D. qualifying paper in Linguistics), Boston University, 2021-2022
  • Megan Brown, “Regressive phonological CLI in sequential trilinguals: Testing the role of typology” (Ph.D. qualifying paper in Linguistics), Boston University, 2020-2021
  • Danielle Dionne, “A sociophonetic study of speech production by Asian Americans in Boston” (Ph.D. qualifying paper in Linguistics), Boston University, 2020-2021
  • Kevin Samejon, “Temporal nasalization patterns across word boundaries” (Ph.D. qualifying paper in Linguistics), Boston University, 2020-2021

Qualifying Paper Committees

  • Ka Chun (Chris) Lee, “Is Hong Kong English a tonal variety of English? Data from lexical stress and focus prosody” (Ph.D. qualifying paper in Linguistics), Boston University, 2020-2021
  • Megan Brown, “Third language gender and number acquisition in a German-like artificial language” (Ph.D. qualifying paper in Linguistics), Boston University, 2019-2020
  • Danielle Dionne, “Cross-linguistic pragmatic differences as a function of hyponym viability” (Ph.D. qualifying paper in Linguistics), Boston University, 2019-2020
  • Felix Kpogo, “Evidence from complex stop reduction: Covert contrast and/or neutralization?” (Ph.D. qualifying paper in Linguistics), Boston University, 2019-2020

Undergraduate Supervision

  • Katherine Fraser, “Listener perception and identification of Asian American speech” (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program: Humanities Scholars Award), Boston University, Summer 2021
  • Jiangnan Michael Fang, “De-linking between words in conversational English by native speakers of Mandarin” (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program: Humanities Scholars Award), Boston University, Summer 2019, Summer 2020
  • Aspen Bombardo, “Variation in the production of English consonant clusters by Asian American bilinguals” (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program), Boston University, Fall 2018, Spring 2019
  • Sharmaine Sun, “Language use and perceptions of Asian Bostonians” (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program), Boston University, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
  • Kathryn Turner, “Development of speech production in Korean-English bilingual children” (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program), Boston University, Spring 2017, Summer 2017
  • Abigail Pauley, “Second language transference on representation in the first language lexicon” (Kilachand Honors College Keystone Project), Boston University, 2015-2017
  • James Sbordone, “Phonetic description of Southeastern Pomo, an endangered language of California” (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program), Boston University, Spring 2016
  • Dallas Walter, “Korean fricatives: Diachronic changes in phonetic enhancement strategies” (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program), Boston University, Spring 2016
  • Suzanne Huldt, “Is the ability to conceptualise and reason about temporal relations a significant factor in first language acquisition of English tense morphology?” (152900009: Independent study project in Linguistics), SOAS, University of London, 2014-2015
  • Joseph Oliver, “What are the issues and problems with theories of inflectional productivity in relation to storage and computation in the mental lexicon?” (152900009: Independent study project in Linguistics), SOAS, University of London, 2014-2015
  • Sheri-Ann Peckham, “The age-related flexibility in understanding a Creole variety of English” (LING 481: Undergraduate research), Rice University, 2014
  • Kevin Sitek, “Effects of Korean learning on English speakers” (LING 199: Supervised independent study and research), University of California, Berkeley, 2010
  • Jaime Lambert, “Acquisition of Korean stop consonants by English speakers” (LING 199: Supervised independent study and research), University of California, Berkeley, 2009
  • Isabelle Morse, “Acquisition of Korean stop consonants by English speakers” (LING 199: Supervised independent study and research), University of California, Berkeley, 2009
  • Rachel Olvera, “Acquisition of Korean stop consonants by English speakers” (LING 199: Supervised independent study and research), University of California, Berkeley, 2009
  • Bryant Wang, “Acquisition of Korean stop consonants by English speakers” (LING 199: Supervised independent study and research), University of California, Berkeley, 2009

Mentorship and Sponsorship

  • Faculty mentor at Boston University for:
    • 3 graduate research fellows (Megan Brown, Fall 2021, Spring 2022; Danielle Dionne, Fall 2020, Spring 2021; Jackson Kellogg, Spring 2022)
    • 4 graduate research assistants (Megan Brown, Spring 2017, Summer 2017; Xinwen Hu, Summer 2017; Dominique Lopiccolo, Fall 2017; Kevin Samejon, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018)
    • 12 graduate interns (I Lei Chan, Summer 2016, Summer 2017; Will Clapp, Summer 2018; Cristina Reguera Gómez, Summer 2021; Kendra Hennegen, Summer 2017; Nurgül Işik, Spring 2018; Hye Youn Jo, Fall 2017, Spring 2018; Abby Pauley, Spring 2018; Shane Quinn, Summer 2019; Yueliang Shao, Summer 2018; Xiaoyi Claire Tang, Summer 2019; Rachel Templeton, Summer 2017; Rui Xu, Fall 2019, Spring 2020)
    • 5 undergraduate research assistants (Aspen Bombardo, Summer 2019; Jack Brown, Fall 2020; Samantha Rigor, Summer 2021; Wayne Yoon, Summer 2017; Qian Yu, Spring 2018)
    • 34 undergraduate interns (Celia Anderson, Summer 2019; Sam Angell, Summer 2021; Allie Asaro, Fall 2020; Aspen Bombardo, Summer 2018; Kun Cao, Spring 2017, Summer 2017; Malav Dave, Spring 2017, Summer 2017; Juno Dong, Summer 2017; Darby Douros, Summer 2016; Christy Eichlin, Summer 2017; Jiangnan Michael Fang, Spring 2019; Leslie Fink, Fall 2018, Spring 2019; Emily Fisher, Summer 2016, Summer 2017; Yuhao He, Fall 2020; Nolan Holley, Summer 2020; Ziwei Jo Huang, Summer 2018; Elisabeth Kotsalidis, Spring 2018; Xiyuan Jessica Li, Summer 2018; William Longerbeam, Fall 2017, Spring 2018; Katie Martin, Summer 2017; Tyler Olds, Summer 2021; Solveig Olson-Strom, Summer 2016; Harper Pollio-Barbee, Summer 2019; Shane Quinn, Summer 2018; Abigail Ripin, Summer 2017; Maya Sanchez, Fall 2020; Yash Subrahmanyam, Fall 2020; Lena Venkatraman, Summer 2020; Shan Wan, Spring 2018; Benjamin Wong, Fall 2017; Amira Yazghi, Summer 2017; Wayne Yoon, Spring 2018, Summer 2018; Qian Yu, Fall 2017, Summer 2018; Elizabeth Zhao, Fall 2017; Yanwan Zhu, Summer 2020)
    • 1 high school intern (Jennifer Hollfelder, Summer 2017) 
  • Faculty sponsor at Boston University for 3 visiting researchers (Sungmi Kwon, 2016-17; Sunyoung Ahn, 2018-19, 2019-20; Yao Yao, Spring 2019)
  • Faculty mentor at the University of Maryland for 3 research assistants (Ryan Corbett, 2011-12; Daniel Wall, 2011-12; Daniel Younathan, 2011-12) 
  • Linguist mentor for the Southeastern Pomo group at the 2010 Breath of Life Workshop (Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival and the University of California, Berkeley)

Associate Professor of Linguistics, Boston University