Jia Ying

Research StudentJia Ying

Research Program: Speech and Language

Thesis Title

Articulatory, Acoustic and Perceptual Characteristics of Laterals in Lebanese Accented English

Research Project

My study will investigate the relationship between the production and perception of English lateral /l/ by Lebanese English/Arab bilinguals, Arabic heritage speakers and monolingual English speakers in Sydney region. Lateral /l/ is a good variable to look because it proved to be highly variable in its production due to developmental, contextual, social and accentual factors in English and Arabic.

I am interested in finding the systematic differences in Lebanese accented English and general Australian English. A second aspect of my study will be to investigate what information is perceptually salient to identify speakers' background. The third aspect of the study will be to examine if the accented speech is due to the phonemes and allophones from speakers heritage language.

To do these, I will compare the timing patterns and acoustic cues of lateral /l/ under different syllable structures, vowel environments and phrase contexts.

Qualifications and Honours

2012 – BA. Languages & Linguistics (Hons), Western Sydney University, Australia

Contact Jia

Phone+61 2 9772 6107
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)