Faculty

Dr. Kathryn Franich is director of the PhonLab. She received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago in 2017. Her interests lie in the relationship between linguistic structure and speech timing, and how cross-linguistic variation in linguistic structure relates to temporal properties of language in speech production and perception.

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Dr. Nadya Pincus received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Delaware in 2016 and teaches a variety of phonetics/phonology courses at UD.  Her primary areas of interest lie in prosody and second language acquisition, specifically in how linguistic prominence is realized phonetically in various languages and by second-language learners.  As such, she is heavily involved in research in the Prosody Lab.

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Dr. Irene Vogel specializes in phonology, including interfaces with other components of grammar, phonetics, and language acquisition. She is the PI for the UD Prosody Lab. Prior to UD, she taught linguistics at SUNY Buffalo as a visiting professor; before that, at several Universities in Italy (Venice, Bergamo, Rome); and before that at the Universities of Amsterdam and Nijmegen, in the Netherlands.  She received her PhD from Stanford University.

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Graduate Students

Mackenzie Marcinko is a 3rd year PhD student interested in uncovering phonetic correlates of phonological structures in Quechua. She has recently investigated acoustic characteristics of ejective and pulmonic stops in Apurímac Quechua (one Quechua variety spoken in southern Perú). She has worked with native Quechua speakers in the US and in Perú. She plans to compare Quechua to other languages to explore the full range of phonetic diversity and phonological universals.

 

 

 

 

 

Sreeparna Sarkar is a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at University of Delaware. Her main research interest is coarticulation in speech. She is currently exploring tongue gestures involved in the production of coronal geminates in Bengali using Electromagnetic Articulometry. She also has special interest in investigating the nature of the Four way stop contrast in Bengali from an acoustic standpoint for which she collaborates with the Prosodic Typologies Lab at the University of Delaware.

 

 

 

 

Anne L. van Zelst, M.A. CCC-SLP/L is a speech-language pathologist and doctoral student in UD’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program. Her translational research focuses on speech motor timing and learning with the goal of increasing the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Anne received her M.A. from Temple University. She is Apraxia Kids Recognized for Advanced Training & Clinical Expertise in CAS

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Crystal Akalu, class of 2021, is pursuing a BS in Cognitive Science with a minor in Disability Studies. Following graduation, she plans to attend a graduate program for speech-language pathology. She is interested in learning how different aspects of linguistics relate to different communication disorders. Her interests also include language development and speech perception across languages

 

 

 

 

Kylie Boggs is a 4+1 student pursuing an Honors B.S. in Cognitive Science (2021) and an M.A. in Linguistics (2022) at the University of Delaware with minors in Anthropology and Theatre Performance. She has studied in Madrid, Spain and Auckland, New Zealand and served as a Peer Mentor and Student Coordinator with the UD World Scholars Program, bringing a global focus to her research activities. Her current specialization is Speech-Language Pathology and her academic interests lie in cross-cultural phonetic/dialectal variation, bilingualism, and vocal anatomy. After her Master’s degree, Kylie plans to pursue a doctorate degree in Theoretical Linguistics, Psychology, or Audiology.

 

 

 

Lindsay Hawtof, class of 2021, is a Cognitive Science major with a minor in Psychology. Following her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend graduate school for speech pathology or audiology. Lindsay’s research include how prosody and pitch relate to different language disorders. Also, she is fascinated with speech perception and how it varies across languages of the world.

 

 

 

 

Brett Lindsey, class of 2022, is pursuing a BS in Cognitive
Science for Pre-Professional Speech Language Pathology with a minor in
Psychology. Following graduation, Brett plans to attend graduate
school for either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. His
interests include language acquisition, communication disorders in
children and adults, hearing disorders, phonology, and differences
across languages.

 

 

 

Madison Miller, class of 2022, is a Cognitive Science major with a minor in dance. Following graduation, Madison plans to pursue a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Her interests include language acquisition, and communication disorders in children and adults

 

 

 

 

 

Meghan O’Brien, class of 2021, is a Cognitive Science major with minors in Disability Studies and Human Development and Family Sciences. After graduating from UD, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has interests in second language acquisition, cross-linguistic differences in phonetic patterns, and communication disorders in children and adults.

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Ochlan, class of 2022, is pursuing a BS in Cognitive Science for Pre-Professional Speech Pathology with minors in Psychology, Disability Studies, Human Development, and Family Science. Following graduation, she plans to attend a graduate program for speech-language pathology. Her interests include language acquisition, phonetics, and communication disorders in children and adults.

 

 

 

 

Anna Schumeyer, class of 2022, is pursuing a BS in Cognitive Science for Pre-Professional Speech Pathology with minors in Linguistics and Asian Studies. Following graduation, she plans to attend graduate school for speech pathology. She has always been interested in learning languages, and is excited to learn about the science behind language itself. Her interests in linguistics includes phonetics and phonology, speech perception, and language acquisition.

 

 

 

 

Nicole Taylor, class of 2022, is pursuing a BA in Linguistics as well as Spanish studies. She has been passionate about linguistics ever since she had the opportunity to take a course in high school. Her interests include phonetics, phonology, and language acquisition.

 

 

 

 

 

Juliette Winnard, class of 2022, is a Cognitive Science major with minors in Disability Studies and Human Development and Family Studies. Following graduation, Juliette plans to attend graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology. Her interests include language acquisition, phonology, and communication disorders in children and adults.

Lab Alumni

Jamiah Brown (class of 2020) is now living in Wilmington, DE and working for a law firm

Laura Matista (class of 2020) is now a Master’s student in Speech-Language Pathology at UD

Madison Stoupa (class of 2020) is now living and working in Wilmington, DE