Belated lab celebrations!

Kayla Walker received a Vice President for Research and Innovation Fellowship this summer for her honors thesis: The Role of Semantic Predictability in Adaptation to Non-Native Speech. Kayla will be presenting preliminary results from this work at the Acoustical Society of America Meeting in San Diego in December. Congratulations, Kayla!

New lab successes!

Misaki Kato was awarded the Lokey Dissertation Science Fellowship - a major award, given to four students annually.

Cydnie Davenport was awarded the Humanities Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

We also had several papers accepted to the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, so we look forward to seeing our friends in Melbourne!

Congratulations to Graduates!

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2018 in the lab: Jack Flemming, Joanna Kraski, and Alyssa Moore. Special congratulations to Alyssa Moore, who was selected as a member of the Oregon Six, an award given to "those six students deemed to be the most outstanding among those elected to membership [of Phi Beta Kappa] in a given year."

Congratulations again, and we will miss having you in the lab!

Congratulations to Lab Members

This week, we have a lot to celebrate!

Lab member Amos Teo was awarded the University of Oregon Doctoral Research Fellowship, the highest award to a dissertating student, for his project on differential case marking in Sumi.   

Recent graduate, and lab collaborator, Drew McLaughlin was awarded the Undergraduate Research Award from the University of Oregon Libraries for her honors thesis, "Coping with Adversity: Individual Differences in the Perception of Noisy and Accented Speech."

Congratulations Amos & Drew!!

We are hiring!

We are hiring TWO part-time, paid undergraduate research assistants to work on our NSF-funded project on speech perception and production. See below, for the ad.

Two positions available for undergraduates: Paid research assistant.
Applications due September 29

Dr. Melissa Baese-Berk is seeking two part-time research assistants to be involved in a research project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) examining speech perception and production during second language learning.

The research assistants will be responsible for a variety of tasks, including running participants and acoustic measurements. Depending on applicant interest and experience, the research assistant may undertake other tasks including data analysis and presenting research.

In addition to experience with research, participants will receive mentoring in the form of weekly meetings with Dr. Baese-Berk. Further, they will attend weekly lab meetings of the Speech Perception and Production Laboratory and journal club meetings to expand their knowledge of phonetics research. We expect both research assistants will be able to develop portions of this project into independent projects (e.g., honors theses).

Necessary qualifications:
-       Have taken LING 411: Phonetics (or, taking LING 411 this fall)
-       Ability to work both independently and with other members of our research team.
-       Detail-oriented, self-motivated, responsible
-       Willing and able to respond to communication from other members of the research team in a timely manner.

Helpful (but not necessary) qualifications:
-       Experience with Praat, R, PsychoPy, and/or Excel.
-       Experience with programming languages (e.g., Python, Javascript)
-       Research interest in phonetics and second language acquisition.
-       Other prior coursework in linguistics (especially LING302, LING444, and/or LING396) and relevant coursework in Psychology and CDS.

The position is for the entire academic year. Summer employment may also be possible for a successful applicant. Working hours are flexible (daytime and/or evening) and can be scheduled around the research assistants’ courses and other commitments. Number of hours per week may
fluctuate over the course of the term, but are expected to be approximately 10 hours/week.
Hourly rate $12.50/hour.

Applicants should email Dr. Baese-Berk ( by September 29 with a brief letter of interest including the following information:
-       Name, major, year, email address
-       Linguistics courses you have taken and/or plan to take this year (also list relevant Psychology, CDS, and language courses)
-       A brief description of which qualifications (described above) you hold
(e.g. prior coursework, programming/software skills?)
-       A brief statement about why you are interested in the position
-       Anything else that might be helpful to know!

Other research opportunities are available throughout the linguistics department for students interested in doing independent research and/or volunteering in the department laboratories. Please contact relevant faculty members for more information on those positions.

Please feel free to email Dr. Baese-Berk ( with any questions.