Principal Investigator

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Melissa Baese-Berk, PhD
Melissa is an Associate Professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of Oregon. Her broad research interests include speech perception, speech production, second language acquisition. She is currently working on a number of projects examining the relationship between speech perception and production, the role of variability in perception and production of non-native speech, and how expectations in perception shift when listening to non-native speech.

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Zack Jaggers
Zack is a Postdoctoral Scholar, having recently completed his PhD in Linguistics at New York University. His interests broadly encompass phonetics, sociolinguistics, and language contact. The intersection of these interests leads to research questions regarding loanword adaptation and variation, sound processing, second language sound acquisition, and how these all can be socially mediated.

Graduate Students


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Dae-yong Lee
Dae-yong is a PhD student interested in L2 acquisition, the relationship between perception and production, and prosody in L2 speech production and perception.

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Misaki Kato
Misaki is a PhD student interested in Second Language Acquisition, speech production and perception, foreign accentedness, orthography, and L2 pedagogy.

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Amos Teo
Amos is a PhD student whose research interests include the production and perception of linguistic tone, especially in Tibeto-Burman languages of South Asia. He is also interested in prosodic typology and has done descriptive work on a number of languages spoken in Nagaland and Nepal. You can find Amos on on his blog: http://www.consonant-aspirations.com/ or https://uoregon.academia.edu/AmosTeo 

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Jonathan Wright
Jonathan is a PhD student who studies the variables that affect the perception and production of prosodic features, such as tone, when someone is learning a second language as an adult.

Undergraduate Students

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Alyssa Brown
Alyssa is a psychology major who currently is interested in developmental psychology, and plans to become a psychiatrist. Alyssa was born and raised in Texas and can’t wait to go back.

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Cydnie Davenport
Cydnie is a double major in Linguistics and Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies. She loves learning about Russian language and culture and discovering the complex science of language as a whole. She is interested in phonetics, historical linguistics, and bilingualism. Her life goal is to be fluent in at least six foreign languages.

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Zachary Houghton
Zach is a sophomore undergraduate linguistics major. He has always been really interested in languages and how they affect the world.

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Zac Post
Zac is a double major in Linguistics and Music.  He is new to the world of Linguistics but is interested in Phonetics, Bilingualism, and Second-Language Acquisition. 

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Karlie Scott
Karlie is a Linguistics Major and Native American Studies Minor. Her interests include Native languages, her own Tolowa Dee-ni’, and the languages of Oregon.

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Jennie Shen
Jennie is a senior undergraduate student in the Clark Honors College double majoring in Psychology and Communication Disorders & Sciences. She is interested in early language acquisition among bilingual children and aspires to become a speech language pathologist. Jennie is also interested in cultural psychology and the role the environment plays in shaping human development and behavior.

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Tillena (Tillie) Trebon
Tillie is an undergraduate with interest in Spanish, American Sign Language, Linguistics, and Biology.

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Kayla Walker
Kayla is a freshman and currently undeclared, but she enjoys Linguistics and is hoping to pursue it further.

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Aubrey Whitty
Aubrey is an undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics. She is interested in second language acquisition and speech perception/production.

Alumni (Undergraduate)

  • Jack Flemming

  • Lily Huston

  • Joanna Kraski

  • Drew McLaughlin - currently a PhD student in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University in St Louis

  • Alyssa Moore

  • Anna Robinson

Alumni (Graduate)

  • Paul Olejarczuk

  • Julia Trippe