I am a laboratory phonologist, and I specialize in the Romance languages. My main goal is to comprehend the effects of language use on the mental representations of sound categories and the structure of sound systems. I am interested in acoustic phonetics, speech perception, bilingualism, second language learning, phonological processing, spoken word recognition, casual speech processes, and sound change (phonologization), as they are all relevant to the laboratory phonology enterprise.
Advanced themes of grammar with emphasis on the syntax of verbs and the acquisition of terminology and skills to facilitate analysis.
An important objective of this course is to help students to acquire the skills necessary to carry out experimental research in language science, including issues such as hypothesis testing, experimental design, quantitative data collection and archiving, quantitative analysis or statistics and, finally, interpretation of the implications of experimental results. The course introduces the basic concepts in statistics and hypothesis testing as they apply to linguistics research; that is, as they are commonly used in linguistics. Examples of quantitative and experimental methods come from a wide range of linguistic fields, from phonetics to sociolinguistics to historical linguistics to syntax. This is done to show that experimental and quantitative research has wide applications.