to the Second Language Psycholinguistics Lab!
Today is the last day of class and the semester is nicely wrapping up! Earlier this month, several lab members
(Isabelle, Danielle, John, Ala, Chisato) went to Sound to Word 2016 at the University of Iowa.
It was a fantastic and rich conference. Many people presented a lot of very interesting work on L2 acquisition of phonology, the mental lexicon, the role of orthography in L2 phonological development. Thank you to Christine Shea for organizing such
a lovely group of people!
This summer, in June (10-12), several of us will also be at the New Sounds 2016 conference in Aarhus (Denmark)! We are very much looking forward to this. I am co-organizing, together with Joan C. Mora, from University of Barcelona, a special session for this conference, entitled : Individual Differences in Executive Function and Phonological Processing: Implications for L2 Speech Acquisition. If you are in Aarhus in early June, come and check it out! We will have a great line-up of speakers: Miriam Broersma, Jeff Holliday, Natalia Kartushina, Elena Safronova, Susanne Reiterer, and
Pavel Trofimovich. This promises to be an excellent session!
And don't forget to check out the "people" page, several of us have won awards: Congratulations to them!
Apologies for the long silence. Last semester was very busy, with several new projects to get going. Two good news: Vance Schaefer
successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation "Influence of the first and second language on the perception of Thai tones". Ala Simonchyk also successfully defended
her Ph.D. proposal. Congratulations to both!
I have also finally updated the publication area of this website, and I want to highlight the very recent online first publication of our work on the role of inhibition for second language phonological processing: The Role of Inhibitory Control in Second Language Phonological Processing (Isabelle Darcy, Joan C. Mora,and Danielle Daidone), published in Language Learning. Link to the article abstract on the journal website.
I have also updated the "people" tab, and added a link to John Scott's website.
After a very nice and busy summer, everyone is back at the lab for a new semester. Welcome back, everyone!
Isabelle left Barcelona after an exciting sabbatical, and everyone is happy to be back. The lab meeting have started again (Mondays, 5.30 - 7.00 pm), every other week. We also were at MidPhon last weekend,
here on the IU campus. It was a nice conference. And of course, we were at ICPhS in Glasgow, which was fantastic. All presentations
went well, and it was also our last chance to say a heartfelt "goodbye" to Jeff Holliday, who got a job in Seoul, Korea!
Over the summer, two other lab members also moved away for new jobs or related matters: Ala and Vance - But they will be back in October (see below!).
And: Congratulations to both Jeff and Vance for their new jobs! Ala, Vance and Jeff: we miss you!
For now, some new projects are being launched, as we settle back in into the new semester. But most importantly: 2 pieces of good news! Vance Schaefer will defend his dissertation on October 5th, 2015, and Ala Simonchyk will defend her dissertation proposal on October 9th, 2015. And as always, stay tuned for updates! There will be some changes on the "people" tab, with new lab members to introduce!
The article that was recently accepted in the journal Learning and Individual Differences
is now online! Individual differences in L2 acquisition of English phonology: the relation between cognitive abilities and phonological processing.
Click on the following personal article link, which will provide free access to our article, and is valid for
30-something more days, until July 5, 2015: http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1R1p93irP3khLW . Comments
are welcome, as always!
Aside of that, Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Albin who successfully defended his excellent dissertation on May 14th! Also, congratulations to Dr. Rob Bedinghaus and Dr. Megan Solon both successfully defended dissertations in the IU Department of Spanish and Portuguese, both related to L2 phonology of Spanish acquisition. Very intersting work!
The whole lab also sends hearty "hellos" to John Scott who is currently spending 6 weeks in Stuttgart (Germany), for a research exchange with the lab of Prof. Sabine Zerbian. He is presenting his doctoral research there, and will test German native speakers. For more information, see the "Activities" section of this page (at the bottom): http://www.uni-stuttgart.de/linguistik/sfb732/index.php?article_id=178
And in Bloomington, the semester is now over, but the lab keeps busy! We'll have exciting data collection going on this summer, and of course, we'll be at ICPhS in Glasgow, in August! We hope to see you there!
Two pieces of excellent news today! First, not 2 but 3 papers from the lab were accepted to ICPhS:
Last month, on March 10th, Chung-Lin Yang successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation!
Congratulations to him, and thanks to his wonderful committee: Tessa Bent, Ken DeJong, and Bob Port!
Other good news include at least two papers from the lab (Daidone, Krueger & Lidster + Darcy & Mora) accepted to the International Congress of Phonetics Sciences (ICPhS) which will take place
in Glasgow (UK) this summer, and Chung-Lin's paper to be presented at the Chicago Linguistics Society this month.
Congratulations also to Danielle Daidone for having received a GPSO (IU Graduate and Professional Student Organization) Research Award for the second time!
Finally, on the Spanish side, things are going well, two chapters were submitted last week and will soon be referenced here. Also, I have given a presentation of the Functional Pitch Hypothesis (Schaefer & Darcy, 2014) in the lab group of Pilar Prieto at the University Pompeu Fabra, and today I have given a seminar on research methods in L2 phonology. The slides are available as pdf slideshow here (4 MB... rather large). As always, comments are welcome!
For about 3 weeks now, the lab director is on sabbatical, far away from the lab members! (but only physically, of course).
So, the lab is split on both sides of the ocean!
Everything is going well, on this side at least, and I trust on both sides too! We have a few great successes to report: first, John Scott was awarded a Language Learning
Doctoral Grant! Congratulations!
Second, John Scott (again!) is teaching a course on Constructed Languages at the prestigious IU Collins Learning and Living center. Check out this article!.
Also, Chung-Lin Yang has announced his dissertation defense: Congratulations! It will be on March 10th, in Bloomington. Details will be posted very soon.
Finally, on the Spanish side, things are going well, work is being organized, papers revised and chapters written. Also, I will be teaching a course next week on the bilingual mental lexicon. The site is password protected, but if you have it, the link is here! Seminar UB. Keep up the good work, all!
After a very busy November, and overall a rich and travel-intense semester, we are finally close to this semester's end!
All conferences went well, including a very nice visit to Germany at the end of November to the workshop 'Linguistic and psycholinguistic studies in L2 phonology' in beautiful Stuttgart; it was fabulous to see so many great colleagues again.
The presentation I gave there is posted here:Darcy_L2 mental lexicon[Stuttgart].pdf We also submitted two papers to the PSLLT proceedings,
one with Vance Schaefer, and one with Ala Simonchyk! Hopefully we will soon be able to post them on this website. Finally, another bit of
great news: one new paper was just published online in Laboratory Phonology! The title is "Lexical function of pitch in the first language shapes cross-linguistic perception of Thai tones", by Vance Schaefer, and Isabelle Darcy. As always, comments and questions are most welcome!
Happy end of semester to you all!
Kudos to Ryan Lidster who received the 2014 Householder Outstanding Graduate Paper in Linguistics Award in the Department of Linguistics!
And today, on October 11th, he gave an excellent Householder Outstanding Graduate Paper in Linguistics Lecture at the Alumni reception of the Linguistics Departments. His presentation, entitled The loandword "jilemma": Explaining differential importation of novel phonotactic sequences in Japanese loanwords, was enthusiastically received. At the same reception, Aaron Albin (with Wil Rankinen) presented a poster entitled Hierarchical Bayesian modeling of vowel formant data.
Now that the Fall semester is in full swing, we are preparing for some upcoming conferences. Chung-Lin Yang is currently
at the Mental Lexicon Conference in Niagara Falls (Canada), and Ala Simonchyk and Vance Schaefer went to an excellent PSLLT conference in Santa Barbara in early September.
Congratulations to all!
We also had to say "goodbye" and "come back soon" to Dr. Nadia Bouchhioua, from Tunisia. She went back home, but her stay here was a full success!
We look forward to the publication of her pronunciation textbook!
Welcome back everyone! We just started a new semester again, and here are some news: we are delighted to have a visiting professor from Tunisia with us until the end of September: Dr. Nadia Bouchhioua, from Université La Manouba in Tunis! She is working on a pronunciation course for Arabic L2 learners of English. And as always, everyone is excited to get their new projects off the ground. There is a new project on fuzzy lexical representations in L2 learners; we are also starting a new longitudinal individual differences study with brain imaging; we will also start a new series of experiments on phonotactic knowledge with L2 learners of German, and with Korean learners of English. Also, we are preparing data collection for a project on the role of inhibitory control in L2 learning (with Joan Carles Mora). In addition to data being collected for Vance's, John's and Miguel's dissertations, Josh (Gordon), Chung-Lin, Aaron and Chisato will all soon turn in their completed drafts! I have updated a few things on the Resources page. And as you can see here, we'll have a busy conference Fall -- come meet us if you can! And as always, check back soon for updates!
Now that the semester is over, it's time to update this website again! There has been a lot of movement on the publication side! There are six publications that came out in 2014, and 2 in 2013. Now some of us are taking a well-deserved summer break, but the lab is still buzzing with activity! Testing, data analysis, dissertation chapter writing, we will surely have lots of news when we'll be back in August!
Right on our return from Spring Break, it's time for a little "spring maintenance" on this website! I have updated the "people" tab, and will update the "papers" tab soon too. The end of this semester will bring several
events: First, Elena Safronova will (sadly) return to Barcelona, so we will have a little celebration in her honor this Friday evening (March 28). Next week, Aaron Albin will defend his Ph.D. Proposal, and at the end of the month, John Scott will do the same. And in the summer, we will likely have at least two dissertation defenses: Josh and Chisato!
Also: check out the online schedule for the SLS Colloquium, there have been several changes: Click here.
After a four months break on this page (sorry about that!), finally an update! The lab has been
very busy since the last posting! We have worked very hard, testing new participants for the individual differences project, among others.
Joan Carles Mora's visit in November 2013 was a glowing success and his visit brought us a lot of new things
to think about and new exciting ideas to work on. Currently, one of his student, Elena Safronova, is visiting our lab for 3 months!
There has been a lot of activity for lab members in the Fall, with several conference presentations and some movement on the publication page as well as on the projects page. I will update this very soon.
Also: the new online schedule for the SLS Colloquium is now online! Click here.
The lab has resumed the biweekly lab meetings, with a very interesting guest lecture this week by Janet Scott on the topic of "Evaluating Neuroscience Methods for Linguistics Research". It was a really useful session. I have also updated the presentations page, and soon the publications section.
I'm also delighted to announce the visit of my colleague Joan Carles Mora, from the University of Barcelona! He will be visiting our lab from November 12 through November 20, 2013, and will be giving 2 lectures.
Stay tuned for the details and announcements! There will be more ways to interact with him!
Lots of European action these days! Last weekend, Jeff Holliday presented a talk at the PPLC 13 (Phonetics, phonology and languages in contact) conference in Paris. This week, we are in Amsterdam where we're enjoying a very successful EUROSLA conference so far! Lots of exciting talks and lots of great people around!
My colleague J.C. Mora and I presented a talk yesterday on Inhibition and phonological processing (check out the presentation here!), and Cate will present new data on the effects of orthography
this afternoon (check out this website soon for the presentation!). Stay tuned for more! [picture: The Lens Trees, www.arttown.me]
We're in the "deep" of summer, and you can hear bees buzzing and birds singing on campus, so still and empty... for now!
The lab is undergoing a serious revision and update, too, with the reinstallation of computers and reorganization of data. Everything will soon be ready for experiments to start again!
But of course, even when the director is on vacation, lab members continue to test and polish their experiments - and so hopefully we'll have a bunch of exciting new data soon!!
Oh, and we will be at EUROSLA in Amsterdam at the end of this month, too!
For a long time during this spring semester, we were waiting impatiently for New Sounds and now it's already over! It was fantastic, as expected, and you can download our presentation slides with the presenter notes here: "Phonological Attention Control, Inhibition, and Second Language Speech Learning". The handout, together with examples of audiofiles used in the Attention Control task are available in a zipped folder under Publications (scroll down to get to the conference presentations). There, you'll find as well the handout for the other presentation with Vance Schaefer on Thai tones perception. We welcome all the feedback you might have on our work!
Spring is not quite there but almost! Everybody is busy wrapping up the semester, and we are also preparing for the coming conferences! We will be at New Sounds, in Montreal, in May. We will also be at EUROSLA in Amsterdam in August, and in Provo, Utah, in October for SLRF! Lots of exciting work in preparation! (picture credit for this entry: www.gindeko.com)
It's ICY in Bloomington! But starting Studay, we will be happy to welcome Amanda Rabideau, from Rachel Hayes-Harb's Lab at the University of Utah, who will spend 2 weeks in our lab learning a new testing method, and discovering many great things at Indiana University! Don't miss lab meeting on Monday to meet Amanda! We'll have many various activities for all of us to interact.
I'm in Sevilla collecting a lot of great data for the project with Joan Carles Mora, on the role of attention control and inhibition in acquisition of new contrasts. In January, we have submitted 3 papers to the SLRF proceedings, and hopefully there will be many great publications coming out this year! Stay tuned for new exciting developments!
Happy New Year 2013 everyone! I hope this will be an excellent and inspiring year! Many projects are underway, so stay tuned for updates on the Projects page!
The 8th Mental Lexicon, which was taking place in Montreal this week, just ended yesterday night with a wonderful banquet. It was a very inspiring conference! You can find the poster we presented there by clicking here. It's also under publications, scrolling down to Conference Presentations. If you have any feedback, we'll be happy to receive it!
We just came back from SLRF, held at Carnegie Mellon and the University of
Pittsburgh last weekend. We had a great time! Our slides can be found under publications, scrolling down to Conference Presentations.
We will be at the 8th Mental Lexicon Conference from tomorrow through Sunday. Check back soon for updates!
Well, summer is over! Welcome back, everyone! Classes in Bloomington started early this year, already on the 20th of August.
We have a big lab this semester! And we will be meeting regularly on Monday, 5.30 - 7.00 pm, to discuss new data, rehearse
talks and investigate other interesting L2 phonology things!
On the good news side, a paper just came out in the Proceedings of the Third Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT), you can find it here; We also presented a poster at the 4th PSLLT meeting in Vancouver last weekend. I'll upload the poster very soon! We will be at SLRF in Pittsburgh, as well as at the 8th Mental Lexicon Conference in October. So a busy Fall on the horizon...
Summer is in full swing, and the lab is busy. Pilot projects are being developed, data are being collected, and I am preparing my tenure dossier, as well as a grant submission coming soon. It is a busy time, very demanding! I have added many new useful resources for experiment design, stimuli preparation, data analysis, etc. If you would like to see something that is missing, please let us know! Also, for lab members, I have updated the resources available on the intranet, check it out!
After a crazy month of April, the semester is now over, and the lab is in "summer mood".
But lots of things have happened! In particular, the publications page has been updated.
Congratulations also to Dr. Lorenzo Garcia-Amaya, who defended his Ph.D. on April 23, 2012! He is currently employed at the University of Alamaba in Birmingham.
Cheers also for Vance Schaefer! He successfully defended his Ph.D. Proposal at the beginning of this month. We have also given a presentation at the 18th Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC), which was held here at Indiana University. Here is a pdf of our slides: "Asymmetric development in lexical encoding of L1-English L2-German front rounded vowels": Darcy_etal(2012)_GLAC-18.pdf . And finally, we will be at LabPhon 13 this summer in Stuttgart!
AAAL was wonderful and so inspiring! Here is the pdf of our slides: GordonDarcy.pdf.
We will be in Boston this weekend. We will talk about "The development of comprehensible speech in L2 learners. Effects of explicit pronunciation instruction on segmentals and suprasegmentals". I will post a pdf of the slides very soon afterwards. Spring is in full speed in Bloomington! Check back soon for updates!
We will be in Ottawa this weekend. You can find the poster we're presenting there here: DarcyParkYangGleiser2012.pdf
Everything good takes time to ripe, just like for the vineyards of Burdungy. Happy new year, everyone! 2011 has
been extremely work-intensive, and saw many papers submitted. Hopefully some of them will come through in 2012. The first "cuvée" for 2012 is our
paper that is just out in Second Language Research, after 4 (!) years of hard work. Here is the link to the Journal.
We also started a new semester last week, and here is the preliminary schedule for the Second Language Colloquium, which you can find here: Spring 2012. Check back for updates regularly, as the schedule will fill up.
We came back from Iowa (twice!). SLRF was very good this year, lots of L2 Phonology!
I am posting the handout of our presentation, entitled "Suppression of L1 influence in L2 phonological
processing: Cognitive abilities and individual variation", here: DarcyParkYang_SLRF2011_Handout.
We also just submitted a new short paper to the Proceedings of the Pronunciation Conference, in September (PSLLT). Here is the submitted version: DarcyEwertLidster_2011ProceedingsPSLLT. As usual, comments are welcome!
We will be at SLRF in Ames, Iowa, in about 2 weeks, where we will present work about individual differences in the development of the L2 phonological system. Check back soon for the slides and a manuscript!
This is the preliminary schedule for the SLS Colloquium! It's going to be a great semester! Fall2011.html
The new students are here! Check out the developments on our people page! Welcome, everyone! and stay tuned for announcements about lab meetings and other activities. And one good piece of news to start the semester: the manuscript we submitted for the category learning project was accepted to Second Language Research!
These last weeks always appear to me like "the lull before the storm"...Excitement is growing... But the new semester will be upon us in no time, and until then, there is lots to do... 2 Ph.D. defenses and conference preparation, and of course, welcoming our new students! Check out some updates in the Category Learning Project
Summer means calm for writing and for thinking. A lot of new data were collected in April and May, and are being analyzed (see Category formation and lexical encoding of new contrasts). We will need advanced learners and native speakers of German for testing next month, so spread the word if you know some! See "contacts" for more information; our contact e-mail is : L2psyling@gmail.com
On June 16, I gave a talk at IDEA Zentrum (Link to Project Mila)at the University of Frankfurt/Main. I presented our recent findings that 10 year-old early L2 learners of German (Turkish L1) categorize German vowels differently from age-matched German monolinguals. Their production of these vowels, however, is target-like. A pdf of the presentation (in German) is available here
Today is the start of a new testing series. A new group of learners of German, about 130 people, will be tested in the lab during the next two weeks... busy end of the semester! Check back soon for updates on this project (see Category formation and lexical encoding of new contrasts)
I finished writing a manuscript with Franziska Krüger about early Turkish-German learners' acquisition of L2 German vowels. You can find the manuscript here Darcy & Krueger Vowel perception and production in Turkish children acquiring L2 German. Please do not quote - this document is to be submitted shortly, so it's not yet accepted. The other paper is written with Ingo Feldhausen (Hamburg University) in German, it's a paper that describes the challenges encountered by french-speaking German learners, and targeting German school teachers. Here is the link: Darcy & Feldhausen (submitted) Französisch. Again, please do not quote. However, comments are always appreciated!
On February 11, I presented the latest results of the project about "individual differences in the acquisition of L2 Phonology - with co-authors Hanyong Park and Chung-Lin Yang. You can find a pdf version of the presentation here: Darcy Park Yang (2011) Individual Differences. Comments are always appreciated! There is an additional document containing different graphs that you may want to consult as well: correlation_data_notes.pdf
Now Bloomington is literally frozen... IU has cancelled classes today until 1 pm. Our lab meeting will take place next monday, on Feb. 7 at 4.30 pm. Here is a link to our last meetings' presentation by Terrin Tamati. You can find it here.
Happy New Year 2011! Bloomington is still frozen and white. We have started a new year and a new semester full of new energy! The lab meetings are starting again: Every other monday, at 4.30 pm in the lab. The next one will be on February 7th. I'll post announcements on this website. The lab website is also hosting a new website: the Overview of our Second Language Studies Colloquium. You can find it here.
Bloomington's frozen and white, the semester is ending and everyone will enjoy a well-deserved break. The lab just celebrated its second birthday on Nov. 24; I wish you all very happy holidays, and look forward to starting 2011 with new energy!
Indiana may be having a sever drought, but that's not the case of the semester! There's a flurry of activity going on, analyzing and writing-up data. The lab meetings will also resume this Monday, at 4 pm, with a tutorial on E-prime.
Next month will also see the first issue of a new Journal: Laboratory Phonology. Check out www.labphon.org for details. Everyone is encouraged to join the association!
Check out the poster we presented at the 12th Conference on Laboratory Phonology in Albuquerque, last week! Here: LabPhon2010_DarcyKrueger.pdf
The 12th LabPhon conference in Albuquerque also saw the launch of the new Association for Laboratory Phonology www.labphon.org and of the new journal "Laboratory Phonology"! Everyone is encouraged to join the association and check out the journal!
Summer break is here! The lab has been very active - almost like the bees around the flowers -
in testing a group of learners for a new study about individual differences in phonological acquisition.(see projects).
The results are being analyzed and hopefully will be written up soon!
We will also be present at the upcoming Conference on Laboratory Phonology in Albuquerque, next week!
Spring has arrived and Bloomington is beautiful! But that's also
the time of madness with lots of work to finish before semester-end-deadlines. Just hang in there, we're almost done!
We are currently working on a pilot study that will target individual differences in the acquisition of second language phonology (see projects). Check back soon for new developments and updates!
Congratulations to our Lab member Lorenzo Garcia-Amaya, who received a research prize for his planned dissertation project from Indiana University's GPSO! He has received the biggest award among this semester's six prizes! Well done!
New in 2010: lab meetings! Since January, the members of the lab meet bi-weekly to talk about current work, new papers, exchange ideas about work in progress and project ideas.
It's the Lab's first birthday today! Last year around that time, the lab was officially put into operation and we successfully ran our first experiments. Hopefully there will be many birthdays to come!
With the Fall conferences now over, we are next looking at the Spring/Summer conferences! Laboratory Phonology 12 will be in Albuquerque in July.
We were at SLRF in East Lansing this past weekend, and will be at BUCLD 34 in Boston this coming weekend. Our presentation about Category Learning and Lexical Encoding is now posted under projects, as well as the poster we present at BUCLD.
It's that time of the year again!
The Second Language Research Forum (SLRF 2009)and the Boston University Conference on Language Development
(BUCLD 34) are around the corner.
The Lab will be represented at both: two presentations at SLRF and a poster at BU. Check back soon for the pdf versions of our presentations!
Everybody is now back to Bloomington and ready for the new semester!
The new meeting time of the research group on Category Acquisition will be Friday, 1.25 - 2.15 pm in Room BH 664.
Our first meeting this semester will be Friday, Sept. 11.
Isabelle Darcy is now working on the project Learnability factors in category acquisition at the beautiful University of Seville until the end of June.
Launch of the new website on April 29, 2009! Second Language Psycholinguistics Lab at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
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