NOTICE FOR THE 2020/2021 ACADEMIC YEAR: Due to student safety considerations, only online studies are currently available for student credit

All experiments are done through the Phonological Processing Lab. You must have normal hearing and normal or corrected-to-normal and vision. Refer to specific experiments below to see other requirements.

If you think you qualify for one of the following experiments and are interested in participating, please contact us at phono@sfu.ca. Visit the Linguistics Department Research Participation System to see all the studies the department offers.

Online Studies

Learning Complex Phonology Series

1) LexPo 21
  • Who: Adults who speak English (natively or non-natively) and who have normal hearing. 
  • What: An online study in which you will listen to nonsense words and make choices about their correctness.
  • When: One half hour session, completed online at any time.
  • Why: We want to know how phonological rules are learned.
  • Where: Online sign-up form.
2) Child Acquisition Experiment (Coming soon)
  • Who: Adults who speak English (natively or non-natively) who have normal hearing. 
  • What: You will perform a perceptual task where you will be asked to match base forms with corresponding derived forms through yes/no questions
  • When: One half hour session, completed online at any time.
  • Why: We want to know how children (comapred to adults) understand phonological patterns and how they generalize them to new words.
  • Where: Online sign-up form.

HandShark

  • Who: Adults who speak English (natively or non-natively), are not familiar with signed languages, and who have normal hearing. 
  • What: An online study in which you will watch made-up signs and make choices about their meanings.
  • When: One half hour session, completed online at any time.
  • Why: We want to know how handshape markedness is learned.
  • Where: Online sign-up form.

Phonology of Real and Fictional Names (FaNG)

  • Who: Adults who speak English (natively or non-natively). 
  • What: An online study in which you will see strange words and make judgements about their "humanness."
  • When: One half hour session, completed online at any time.
  • Why: We want to know how certain sounds are perceived.
  • Where: Online sign-up form.

Studies On Hold Due to COVID-19

Spoken Word Recognition in L2 Learners of English

  • Who: Adults who are: a) native speakers of English, b) bilingual speakers of English and Mandarin, or c) native speakers of Mandarin who are learning English.
  • What: An eye-tracking study in which you will match words over headphones to pictures on a computer screen while we record where you look on the screen. You will receive 2 research participation credits for an approved linguistics course or $10 for your participation.
  • When: A one hour session, scheduled at your convenience.
  • Why: We want to learn more about how learners of English as an additional language recognize English words.
  • Where: Online sign-up form.

Keep an eye out for more studies coming soon!