This semester, one of our continuing research assistants, Kira Bondi, has started the path to completing an honours thesis in the lab. Kira has been a part of the Alienology: Learning Complex Phonology team since she started working in the lab in Summer 2020. Her honours project continues her work on this project and is looking at the ability of children to hear and produce subtle differences in vowels that are specirfic to Canadian English. For example, think of the words "writing and "riding." Speakers of Canadian English will say the first vowel in those words differently, but speakers of American English typically do not produce or perceive the difference. The Alienology project itself is specifically looking at how children use these vowel differences to break down compelx word forms in a made-up language.
Kira's goal after graduating is to pursue a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology. Her work in the lab allows her to learn more about the current practices in the field of child language acquisition. Kira will be presenting her research at the end of the term in the department's poster session.