September 07, 2021

Eleven Simon Fraser University scholars have been named to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), including Murray Munro, Professor, Linguistics and author of Applying Phonetics: Speech Science in Everyday Life.

This is the greatest number of SFU faculty elected to the RSC in any year and membership in the RSC is Canada’s highest academic honour.

The department of Linguistics heartily congratulates Dr. Murray Munro whose ground-breaking research in applied linguistics has changed the way we think about second language acquisition and the intelligibility of second language learners.

His work is recognized internationally for refuting widely-held assumptions that the window of opportunity for successful speech learning closes in childhood, with implications for psychology and child development. It also exposes unethical practices in language teaching and confronts discrimination against immigrants with foreign accents.