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Sept. 1 Back to work (yay!) Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!


June 2 Summer break Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



Mar. 24 Mid-Semester Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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.



Jan. 28 Happy New Year! Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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.


Sep. 23 New Semester in full swing Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!


Aug. 30 EUROSLA in Amsterdam Posted in Amsterdam, NL by Isabelle Darcy.

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]


Aug. 5 Deep Summer Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!


May 21 We're back from New Sounds! Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



April 3 New Sounds on the horizon... Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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)



Feb. 22 Exchange Student from UtahPosted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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.



Feb. 07 Data collection in Sevilla!Posted in Seville, Spain by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



Jan. 01 Happy New Year!Posted in Levernois, France by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



Oct. 27 Montreal and the Mental LexiconPosted in Montreal, Quebec by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



Oct. 22 Fall Conferences Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!


August 31 Strong start in the new semester Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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...



July 1 Heat of summer Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



May 14 Semester is over Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!


March 29 Boston Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

AAAL was wonderful and so inspiring! Here is the pdf of our slides: GordonDarcy.pdf.


March 23 Boston Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!


Feb 29 Ottawa Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

We will be in Ottawa this weekend. You can find the poster we're presenting there here: DarcyParkYangGleiser2012.pdf


Jan 20 Preparing a 2012 harvest (ready to drink in 2013?) Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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.


Nov 3 Work on pronunciation Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!


Oct 3 Individual Differences Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



Sep 1 New SLS Colloquium Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

This is the preliminary schedule for the SLS Colloquium! It's going to be a great semester! Fall2011.html



August 27 New beginnings Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



August 3 Die Ruhe vor dem SturmPosted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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



July 15 Summer calm Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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



June 17 Germany Posted in Frankfurt by Isabelle Darcy.

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



April 18 New testing series! Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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)



April 11 New papers Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



Feb 14 Individual Differences (and Valentine's day) Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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



Feb 02 Ice storm Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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.



Jan 26 Welcome 2011 Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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.



Dec 12 Winter freeze Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



Oct 29 Fall colors Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



July 17 Association for Laboratory Phonology Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



June 29 Summer heat Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



March 31 Spring Madness Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



March 30 Congratulations! Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



Feb 17 Lab Meetings, Thursdays at 4.30pm Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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.



Nov 24 One year already! Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!



Nov 20 Laboratory Phonology Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

With the Fall conferences now over, we are next looking at the Spring/Summer conferences! Laboratory Phonology 12 will be in Albuquerque in July.



Nov 4 New presentation and poster posted Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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.



Oct 21 Fall Conferences Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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!


Sept 01 Back to Bloomington Posted in Bloomington, IN by Isabelle Darcy.

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.


June 04 Seville Posted in Seville, Spain by Isabelle Darcy.

Isabelle Darcy is now working on the project Learnability factors in category acquisition at the beautiful University of Seville until the end of June.


Apr 29 New Website! Posted in Bloomington by Isabelle Darcy.

Launch of the new website on April 29, 2009! Second Language Psycholinguistics Lab at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

Check back soon for updates!!!

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We'll be at PSLLT 2014, Sept. 5-6 in Santa Barbara, California

We'll be at the 9th Mental Lexicon Conference, Sept. 30/Oct.2 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

We'll be at the 168th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America , Oct. 27-31 in Indianapolis, Indiana

We'll be at the Second Language Research Forum, Oct. 23-25 in Columbia, North Carolina

We'll be at the Workshop 'Linguistic and psycholinguistic studies in L2 phonology', Nov. 21-22 in Stuttgart, Germany

Click here to see the Fall 2014 Schedule of the SLS Colloquium.