Mark Your Calendars!

October 13, 2017

The Phonology Lab is happy to announce that we are holding another Day Camp on Friday November 24th from 9am to 3pm. This is a FREE day camp about the why, where, and how of language. Throughout the day children will get to make crafts, play games, and maybe even learn some hieroglyphics! 

If you know any children between the ages of 4 and 9 be sure to contact us at phono@sfu.ca for more details.

 

 

 

 

Learn Something New

September 20, 2017

Our new postdoc, Claire Moore-Cantwell, has just published a paper! Claire and Lisa Sanders explore how probabilistic phonology and lexical access interact. Click here to access the article from the Journal of Language, Cognition and Neuroscience.

Check it out and stay up to date on current research in Linguistics. And guess what -- you might even learn something new!

Hot off the Press

September 14, 2017

 

A new article, co-authored by our very own Dr. Ashley Farris-Trimble, has been published. Titled "Waiting for lexical access: Cochlear implants or severely degraded input lead listeners to process speech less incrementally," it is sure to be an interesting read. Check out the paper by Bob McMurrayAshley Farris-Trimble and Hannah Rigler here.

Access this article for free for the next 50 days!

 

 

Exciting Lab Alumni Updates

September 11, 2017

Erica Halabourda, a past research assistant and lab manager of our lab, is beginning a Masters in Speech Language Pathology at UBC this fall. There she is joining another alumni, Marleis Bowering, who is in her final year of the same program. While we are sorry to say farewell to Erica, we are even more proud of her and thankful for all she has contributed to our lab! As she begins this new challenge we look forward to seeing how she will take her insight and conscientiousness to a clinical setting. Best of luck Erica! We would also like to congratulate another of our alumni, Ethan Pincott, who has been accepted into the Masters Program in Linguistics here at SFU and is beginning these studies this fall. He is interested in the documentation and revitalization of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language.

Way to go Erica, Marleis and Ethan – your drive and pursuit of studies beyond your time in the Phonological Processing lab makes us proud!

Welcome to our Postdoctoral Fellow

September 08, 2017

We wish to bestow a warm welcome to Dr. Claire Moore-Cantwell who will be working in the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. As a recent PhD graduate from UMass Amherst in 2016 it is a pleasure to have her joining our team to contribute her depth of knowledge to the research in our lab! She will be exploring the early L2 acquisition of English working on Dr. Anne-Michelle Tessier’s SSHRC Insight Grant.

Find out more about Claire and her previous research here.

 

 

 

 

Another USRA Recipient

September 07, 2017

As the semester kicks off we wish to extend our congratulations to Marissa Woods who will be working under Dr. Farris-Trimble for the next three months as a recipient of a part-time Vice-President Undergraduate Student Research Award (VPR USRA). Marissa is the fourth individual in the lab to be a recipient of this award. As a fourth year student majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Psychology, Marissa is preparing for a Masters in Speech Language Pathology. Throughout this semester she will be working hard conducting research in the Phonological Processing lab, focusing primarily on eye-tracking experiments and a large scale s-cluster typology study. We are excited and proud Marissa is receiving this chance to contribute more to our lab!

 

 

Convocation Congratulations are in Order

June 20, 2017

This spring's graduation has been a busy one for the lab — our lab manager, Erica Halabourda, and research assistant, Eri Ikezawa, have graduated! Erica and Eri both convocated with a Bachelor of Arts Major in Linguistics, and Minor in Psychology. Erica also walked across the stage with a Certificate in the Lingistics of Speech Sciences. We would like to extend our congratulations and well wishes to these two budding linguists. We could not be more proud! In the fall, Eri will be travelling and Erica will be beginning the Speech-Language Pathology Masters Program at UBC. May your time spent and experiences gained during university help you in all your future endeavours!

 

 

 

Language across Space and Time - LSA 2017 Summer Institute

May 30, 2017

Worldwide, bilingualism is the norm, rather than the exception. How do bilinguals produce, perceive, and process sounds in two languages? You can learn all about it at the 2017 Linguistic Institute in Lexington, Kentucky this July! Ashley Farris-Trimble, Anne-Michelle Tessier, and Melissa Baese-Berk will be teaching a month long course called "The Timecourse of Bilingual Phonologies." Ashley and Melissa were recently interviewed for the LSA 2017 Linguistic Institute's podcast, in which they discuss the course, the current state of phonology, and what to see in and around Lexington.

Lots of Linguistics in May

April 04, 2017

While April closes out the spring semester, there are some linguistics events to look forward to in the summer!

The North West Linguistic Conference (NWLC) is being held at UBC on May 5-7th. This conference is hosted by graduate students discussing all areas of linguistics, enabling them to share their work with local and international colleagues. Our very own graduate student, Danica Reid, will be presenting at this conference. Registration is now open at https://blogs.ubc.ca/nwlc33/.

Also being held at UBC is NoWPhon. This conference focuses specifically on phonetics and phonology and provides a space for researchers in the region to connect and share the work they are doing in these two interrelated areas. NoWPhon will be held during the May long weekend from May 19th-21st. More information and registration is available at https://blogs.ubc.ca/nowphon2017/.

If you want to learn about some of the new and exciting research being done in linguistics be sure to mark these dates on your calendar! 

Arrival Movie Review

November 28, 2016

There has been lots of buzz lately surrounding the new movie "Arrival". The main character played by Amy Adams is a linguist. It's not very often that a linguist is a prominent charcter in a movie so naturally the lab RAs had to go see what it was all about! See our full review here.

Also can someone please point us in the direction of the university she works at? Her office is huge!

 

 

Halloween Phonology

November 03, 2016

What happens when Halloween falls on a the same day as phonology class? Dress up of course! Dr. Farris- Trimble challenged her LING 321 and 482W classes to come dressed up as a phonological concept and many responded to the challenge.

Check out all the great costumes on the Department webpage here.

 

 

 

Another Fun Day of Linguistics

November 01, 2016

October 21st was an exciting day for the Phonological Processing Lab! The lab collaborated with SFU's Culture and Development Lab to put on a Pro-D Day Language Day camp for children ages 7 1/2- 10.

To find out more about this day of games, fun and lots of learning about language check out the full article here.

 

Why Study Linguistics?

October 31, 2016

Our very own lab director Ashley, as well as directors of the Experimental Syntax Lab and the Language and Development Lab tell us about why studying linguistics is so exciting! Check out the video to learn more about why we do what we do.

Parents - Mark this on your calendars!

September 29, 2016

The phonology lab will be hosting another Day Camp for children aged 8-10 on Friday October 21st from 9am - 3pm. This will be a day filled with FUN as the children complete games and crafts and explore the exciting topic of language!

Save the date! Contact us at phono@sfu.ca for more information.

A Good Time

September 27, 2016

The lab celebrated the end of summer and the start of the fall semester at a picnic! We were joined by both old and new members from our lab, as well as people from other Linguistics labs – including the Experimental Syntax lab and Language Development lab. The sun did manage to peek its head out to say hello to us, making it a great day, filled with delicious food and good company! Thank you to all who came out!

 

 

 

Another Grad Student

August 15, 2016

Congratulations to our lab manager, Danica Reid, who was accepted into the SFU Linguistics MA Program! Danica was also awarded a SSHRC grant and, starting this fall, she will conduct her very own study with Dr. Ashley Farris-Trimble as her supervisor. Her investigation of the adaptation of fine-grained acoustic cues will use eye-tracking technology to better understand how L2 learners of English segment the speech signal. Stay tuned for opportunities to participate in her research!

SLP to Be

July 25, 2016

Congratulations to Marleis Bowering, who was accepted into the Speech-Language Pathology Masters Program at UBC. Marleis has been a research assistant in the Phonological Processing Lab since its inception and we are proud to send her off to pursue the clinical applications of some of the phenomena we've looked at in our phonological research. We are all wishing Marleis the best of luck in her studies at UBC!

 

 

 

 

 

Convocation Celebration

June 14, 2016

June convocation is always an exciting time at SFU but this is a particularly busy convocation season for the lab, as two of the Research Assistants in the Phonological Processing Lab are graduating! Marleis Bowering and Ethan Pincott were two of the lab’s first RAs and have now completed their undergraduate education. Both Marleis and Ethan received their BA in Linguistics as well as a certificate in the Linguistics of Speech Science. 

Congratulations graduates! While we are sad to have them leaving the lab, we are wishing them all the very best in their future endeavors!

Summer Student Research

June 02, 2016

Erica Halabourda recently began her summer semester as a recipient of a Social Sciences Undergraduate Student Research Award! Erica is a fourth year Linguistics major who has shown great insight and care in her work as a student and in the lab. For the next three months, she will work closely with Dr. Farris-Trimble on the creation, set-up and conducting of studies, with a special focus on building new eye-tracking experiments. This is the third such award to be held by one of our research assistants and we know Erica will make us proud. We are looking forward to seeing the results of her hard work!

 

 

 

First Phono Lab Day Camp!

May 16, 2016

On Saturday April 30th the Phonological Processing Lab held our first ever Day Camp! The Lab RAs and Dr. Farris-Trimble were excited to welcome a group of budding young linguists for a day filled with games, crafts and learning. 

The camp was a success and everyone had a great time. For more information about future day camps keep your eyes on our website or contact us!

Vancouver is where it's /at/

March 24, 2016

The Vancouver Phonology Group is meeting Saturday, April 9th at SFU Harbour Centre. This team of phonologists from the Lower Mainland will meet to discuss current work and contributions to the field. Students are welcome!

 

 

 

 

Parents, mark your calendars!

March 23, 2016

Does your child like language, puzzles, and science? Sign them up for the Phonology Day Camp on April 30th! We're running a free camp for children ages 5-8 to learn about the why, where, and how of language. Contact the Phonological Processing Lab (phono@sfu.ca) for details!

Linguistics, a Cognitive Science

January 26, 2016

Join SFU in kicking off the new year with the return of the Defining Cognitive Science Talks. On February 25th 2:30-3:30pm the lab's own Dr. Farris-Trimble will give a presentation titled "The Science of Phonological Processing", presenting work from our adult eye-tracking experiments, in which many students from the department have participated. For more details about the series, see the flyer.

 

 

 

 

Bring in the Phonologists!

January 22, 2016

A warm welcome to the newest assistant professor in the Linguistics Department, Dr. Henny Yeung, who is teaching his first class at SFU this semester! We look forward to seeing him bring his ideas and research interests to this campus in the areas of infant perception and langauge development. To learn more about Dr. Yeung's extensive research experience, visit his website or email him at henny_yeung@sfu.ca. 

 

 

Fall Convocation

October 08, 2015

Congratulations to Danica Reid and Sana Midha, the first of our lab assistants to receive undergraduate degrees. Danica achieved a Major in Linguistics and Program Exploration, and Certificates in The Linguistics of Speech Science and Teaching ESL Linguistics. Sana completed her studies with a Major in Linguistics, Minor in English, Extended Minor in Psychology, and Certificates in The Linguistics of Speech Science and Liberal Arts. We wish both Sana and Danica well as they bring their knowledge and experience to their next academic and vocational endeavours.

 

 

 

 

AMPed up for October!

October 13, 2015

SFU and UBC recently co-hosted the 3rd Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP 2015) in downtown Vancouver October 9-11th. Speakers and scholars from all over the world came together to share their research through talks and poster presentations. AMP proceedings are published electronically by the Linguistic Society of America and can be found at http://journals.linguisticsociety.org/proceedings/index.php/amphonology. We're all looking forward to next year's AMP, which will be held at the University of Southern California.

LSA in Chicago

June 24, 2015

Best wishes to Danica Reid, manager of the Phonological Processing lab, who is off to Chicago for the LSA Summer Institute! The Linguistic Society of America partners biennially with a university to provide a place of study for scholars from all over the world. This year’s Institute, directed by Chicago Professors Alan Yu and Karlos Arregi, features a condensed timetable of courses, lectures, workshops and socials where attendees can meet linguists with affinitive goals and research interests. Danica was accepted to the Institute for her excellent academic record and keen interest in Phonology, and will be taking classes such as Computational Phonology, Constructionist Approaches, and Syntax-Phonology Interface. She will be studying among many graduate students who are looking to further their linguistic education and reach great academic heights. We look forward to hearing about her experience and future plans in the field.

 

 

Commencing: NoWPhon!

June 03, 2015

This June 4-5th Dr. Farris-Trimble is attending the first ever meeting of Phon{etics;ology} in the Northwest!  This informal event will bring together researchers from Canada and the United States to share ideas and develop future opportunities for collaboration.   Dr. Farris-Trimble is presenting exciting findings from the lab’s current adult eye-tracking projects, setting the tone for what will hopefully be the first official NoWPhon Conference at the University of Oregon in 2016. Details can be found at the NoWPhon website: http://blogs.uoregon.edu/nowphon/

Out and About

May 19, 2015

...Or should we say [ʌʊt ænd əbʌʊt]

We are pleased to announce that the Phonological Processing Lab is taking our Child Phonology experiment offsite! Currently, we are working with the Kids R First Childcare Centre to test s-cluster productions of preschool age children out of their Delta facility. Collaborating with the centre enables us to reach a broader range of participants, making for more reliable research with a diverse sample. Also, it’s fun to converse with new children! To see pictures of our testing space at Kids R First or to learn more about the facility, click on the links at their website: www.kidsrfirstchildcare.ca

 

 

Gearing up for Summer

May 04, 2015

This summer Marleis Bowering is working in the lab on an Undergraduate Student Research Award under Dr. Farris-Trimble. In addition to part time studies, she will be preparing, piloting and conducting experiments with the other research assistants doing both child and adult phonological research.  A total of twelve part-time VPR USR awards were given in Social Sciences and Humanities at SFU this summer, and we are happy to have Marleis continue her work in the lab as a recipient of one of them.

Learn more about our Director

February 24, 2015

A student from the Cognitive Science Program recently interviewed our lab director Dr. Ashley Farris-Trimble. In the article you can learn about the research Ashley has been doing with the Phonological Processing Lab. If you want a sneak peak into the experimental work that we do here be sure to check it out on the Cognitive Science website!

 

 


 

 

Thanks SSHRC

January 30, 2015

Ashley Farris-Trimble received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to study the specificity of children's underlying representations. This grant will fund research in the Phonological Processing Lab over the next few years.

Ashley Went to India!

January 12, 2015

Over the break between the Fall 2014 semester and the Spring 2015 semester a number of faculty members from the Linguistics Department went to India to visit the Centre for Linguistics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. While in India, the group attended a workshop on Indigenous Languages in India and Canada. Check out this story to learn more.