Congratulations, Niamh!

After completing a postdoc at the University of Graz, Niamh is starting a tenure track job in the English department at the American University of Beirut. Well done, Niamh! We are looking forward to the updates from our lab alumni in Lebanon!

Our awesome department is looking for a Computational Linguist!

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a position in Computational Linguistics at the rank of either Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (tenured). The position will start in Fall 2017. More information can be found at: https://apply.interfolio.com/36321

Spring 2016 ASA

Kirsten, Hoyoung, and Rajka represented UT Sound Lab at the ASA meeting in Salt Lake City with two posters and two talks. We got great feedback and hung out with fantastic scientists!

Kirsten attended the ASA school 2016: Living in the acoustic Environment and loved hearing about all things acoustics and meeting a lot of students!

Links to our abstracts:

The effect of talker and listener depressive symptoms on speech intelligibility

The effect of speaking style adaptations on speech perception in noise by native and non-native listeners

Speech intelligibility for native and non-native talkers and listeners

Effect of language experience on the intelligibility of interrupted speech

A great event this Monday!

Please join us for the Bilingual Mind, Brian & Child Development symposium at UT Austin on May 9th.


Bilingual Mind, Brain & Child Development Symposium


Room 2.106

300 W. Dean Keeton Street

Austin, TX – 78712


Monday May 9


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome address by Dr. James Booth, Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, UT Austin


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Dr. Ellen Bialystok, York University

“Bilingualism and attention: What’s the connection?”

Introduction by Dr. Ioulia Kovelman, University of Michigan, Harrington Fellow


10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break


10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Dr. Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University

“Psycholinguistic, cognitive, and neural implications of bimodal bilingualism”

Introduction by Dr. Richard Meier, Chair of the Linguistics Department, UT Austin


11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Lunch break 


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Dr. Claude Goldenberg, Stanford University

“Reviving an American Tradition: Bilingual Education”

Introduction by Dr. Rebecca Callahan, Associate Professor of Bilingual-Bicultural

Program, School of Education, UT Austin


2:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. General Discussion with speakers and Drs. Bharath Chandrasekaran, Li Sheng, Ioulia Kovelman


3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Closing address by Dr. Lisa Bedore, Communication & Sciences Department, UT Austin


We gratefully acknowledge support from the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, UT Austin


Cindy Blanco successfully defended her dissertation titled “Cross-language speech perception in context: Advantages for recent language-learners and variation across language-specific acoustic cues.” She is heading to Northwestern to be a postdoc in Sandie Waxman’s lab. Congratulations, Dr. Blanco!!

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Here are some highlights from the poster session where our lab was well represented.  Maria Gavino Rodriguez and Niki Garcia-Holmes presented “Effects of Different Types of Noise on Foreign Accent Adaptation.”Michelle Dubois and Irene Smith presented “The effect of speaking style adaptations on speech perception in noise by native and non-native listeners.” Thanks for working so hard to present our work to the UT community!

Outside of the lab!

I have the best students and we also have the most fun lab kiddos!






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