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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre
 
Areas of Interest: 
L2 acquisition of speech
Lexical tone
Influence of linguistic and non-linguistic factors in L2 speech acquisition
Japanese

I am a PhD student 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 current PhD project focuses 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. 

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