My research program involves experimental
investigations of spoken
languages. Specifically, I address four areas that are
central to understanding the nature of the cognitive processes
and representations that enable listeners to understand
language and recognize spoken words.
(1) Speech perception – what information is extracted from the speech signal? And how do linguistic experiences affect this process?
(2) Lexical representation – what information about a word is stored in memory? And how is this information stored?
(3) Lexical access – how is this stored information retrieved and used during word recognition?
(4) Second language acquisition – how and to what extent do these processes differ between native and non-native speakers?