PhD in Second Language Acquisition, UMD
My primary research interests are in the area of speech perception (at both segmental and suprasegmental levels), speech comprehension, spoken word recognition/lexical access, phonology, perceptual training, and language attrition, with a focus on comparison of monolingual and bilingual populations. In my dissertation research, I use both behavioral and electrophysiological methods to examine how native and nonnative speakers utilize low-level phonetic-acoustic information and higher-order contextual information to comprehend speech. My secondary interest lies in L2 morphological processing. I am investigating the effect of L1 transfer in morphological knowledge, and the problem of storage of morphologically complex words in the mental lexicon.
Yasmeen Faroqi Shah
Dr. Naomi Feldman
and Sun Young Ahn