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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre

I am interested in how and why individuals differ in their perception, production, and lexical processing of non-native speech. In particular, I am interested to what extent individual linguistic factors (such as language background), as well as extralinguistic factors (such as musical background or working memory) jointly determine the ease with which non-native speech is processed. 

I completed my PhD in Linguistics supervised by Dr Brechtje Post (entry 10-2018) with a main research interest in how adults learn speech ('pronunciation') in a second language. My PhD project focused on the L2 acquisition of lexical tone in the domains of perception, production and vocabulary learning, and how the learning of tone is influenced by first language, experience with music, and general cognitive abilities. I take a psycholinguistic approach to this, but with a strong focus on phonology and phonetics. 

In my undergraduate (at SOAS, London) I studied Economics and Japanese and I have lived and worked in Japan for almost 3 years. I therefore also have an interest in Japanese linguistics and phonology, in particular the lexical pitch that the language employs. I have also recently conducted a side-study that investigated L2 acquisition of nasality in Brazilian Portuguese. 

Publications (from Symplectic)

Journal articles


  • Laméris, TJ., Li, KK. and Post, B., 2023. Phonetic and Phono-Lexical Accuracy of Non-Native Tone Production by English-L1 and Mandarin-L1 Speakers. Lang Speech, v. 66
    Doi: 10.1177/00238309221143719
  • Rothman, J., Bayram, F., DeLuca, V., Di Pisa, G., Dunabeitia, JA., Gharibi, K., Hao, J., Kolb, N., Kubota, M., Kupisch, T., Lameris, T., Luque, A., van Osch, B., Soares, SMP., Prystauka, Y., Tat, D., Tomic, A., Voits, T. and Wulff, S., 2023. Monolingual comparative normativity in bilingualism research is out of "<i>control</i>": Arguments and alternatives APPLIED PSYCHOLINGUISTICS, v. 44
    Doi: 10.1017/S0142716422000315
  • Laméris, TJ., Llompart, M. and Post, B., 2023. Non-native tone categorization and word learning across a spectrum of L1 tonal statuses Bilingualism,
    Doi: 10.1017/S1366728923000871
  • 2022 (Accepted for publication)

  • Laméris, TJ. and Post, B., 2022 (Accepted for publication). The combined effects of L1-specific and extralinguistic factors on individual performance in a tone categorization and word identification task by English-L1 and Mandarin-L1 speakers Second Language Research,
  • 2020 (Accepted for publication)

  • Laméris, T., 2020 (Accepted for publication). L2 perception of contrastive vowel nasality in Brazilian Portuguese Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics,
  • 2020

  • Laméris, TJ. and Graham, C., 2020. L2 Perception and Production of Japanese Lexical Pitch: A Suprasegmental Similarity Account Journal of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech, v. 2
    Doi: 10.1558/jmbs.14948
  • Conference proceedings

    2022 (Published online)

  • Laméris, T., 2022 (Published online). The effect of lexical status of pitch in the L1 and extralinguistic factors on L2 tone acquisition Speech Prosody 2022,
    Doi: 10.21437/speechprosody.2022-144
  • Theses / dissertations

    2022 (No publication date)

  • Lameris, T., 2022 (No publication date). Non-native perception, production, and lexical processing of tone
  • Assistant Professor Japanese Linguistics, Universiteit Leiden



    What we do

    Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.