Lab Director

Dr. Ashley Farris-Trimble

Associate professor, received her PhD from Indiana University and held an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Departments of Psychology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa. Her research interests include the role of phonological knowledge in speech processing; first-language phonological acquisition; online processing and word recognition in special populations, especially individuals with cochlear implants; and weighted-constraint-based theories of phonology. Ashley uses eye-tracking in the visual world paradigm as a real-time measure of speech processing and word recognition.

Lab Manager

Janitta Wong

Janitta graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and is currently completing a post-baccalaureate program in Linguistics and a Certificate in the Linguistics of Speech Science at SFU. Her research interests include phonetics, first and second language acquisition, speech perception, and communication disorders. Outside of the lab, she works with adults with aphasia and other communication disorders as a program assistant. In the future, she hopes to pursue a MSc in Speech-Language Pathology and work alongside youth and adult populations.



Dr. Anne-Michelle Tessier

Anne-Michelle (Ph.D. 2007, UMass Amherst) is an Associate Professor in Linguistics at UBC. She is a phonologist specializing in acquisition, constraint-based grammars, learning algorithms, and child L1 and L2 production.  She previously held faculty and researcher appointments at the University of Alberta, SFU and the Center for Human Growth and Development (UMichigan). In 2015, she published a textbook "Phonological Acquisition: Child Language and Constraint-Based Grammar" (Palgrave Macmillan). She is currently PI of a SSHRC Insight Grant (2015-2019) studying L2 English production and perception among adults and children, especially among young and recently-arrived immigrants.

Dr. Claire Moore-Cantwell

Claire is a phonologist specializing in phonological variation, constraint-based models of phonology, learning algorithms, and the interface of phonology and psycholinguistics, especially speech processing and the structure of the lexicon.  She received her PhD from UMass Amherst in 2016, and since then, has taught at Yale and UConn.  From 2018-2019, she worked on Dr. Anne-Michelle Tessier's SSHRC Insight Grant, studying early L2 acquisition of English. She is now an assistant professor in the linguistics department at UCLA.

Z.L. Zhou

Z.L. is a phonetician and phonologist interested in interface issues, particularly phonologization and phonetic implementation, and prosody. Currently a PhD candidate in the linguistics department at UCLA, his dissertation investigates marginal phonemes and which factors condition individual-level variation in the perception of them. In between riding the bus, research, and teaching, catch him having lots of opinions about simulationism in art, product design, and food. Two of his favorite (linguistic) hobby horses: spontaneous bilabial trills in emphatic speech and metalinguistic focus.