Professor Miquel Simonet is a laboratory phonologist who specializes in the Ibero-Romance languages, including Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, and Spanish. As a phonologist, Professor Simonet studies the sound patterns of languages. One of his principal areas of expertise is bilingualism; in particular, the phonetics, phonology, and psycholinguistics of bilingualism and second language learning. The goal of such research is to understand the nature of phonological representations in the bilingual mind and the patterns that characterize the phonetic behavior (pronunciation, perception, lexical access) of bilinguals. A secondary interest of Professor Simonet is diachronic phonology; in particular, the phonetic bases of regular sound change.
Professor Simonet's publications have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Phonetics, the Journal of the International Phonetic Association, Language and Speech, Second Language Research, the International Journal of Bilingualism, Phonetica, Linguistics, Probus, Hispania, and Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics. He currently serves as Associate Editor of the journal Applied Psycholinguistics, and is a member of the editorial or advisory boards of the journal Laboratory Phonology and the book series Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (John Benjamins). At the University of Arizona, Professor Simonet currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Additionally, he is a member of the faculty in the graduate interdisciplinary program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT GIDP), where he chairs the cognitive dimensions track, and the graduate interdisciplinary program in Cognitive Science (CogSci GIDP).