Dr Alba Tuninetti

Research Program: Speech and LanguageDr Alba Tuninetti


Alba received her bachelors' from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, working with Dr. Daniel Swingley at the Infant Language Center. During her time there, she also worked abroad at L'École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France at the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (LSCP). She went on to complete her Master's in 2012 at the University of Pittsburgh examining how nonnative English speakers processed English syntactic violations using eye-tracking with Drs. Natasha Tokowicz and Tessa Warren. Alba continued on to complete her PhD in 2015, examining how similarity to the first language, training, feedback, and cue strength influence the neural and behavioral processing of nonnative phonemes in another language using EEG and behavioral methodologies. She received an Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Department of Education to work with Dr. Paola Escudero where she is interested in examining how the acoustics of the first language influence the perception of nonnative phonemes with EEG. She is also interested in bilingual speech and accent perception (and language processing more generally), investigating how the first language influences the second language at the acoustic and phonological levels.

Research Interests

  • Speech perception
  • Bilingualism
  • Second language learning
  • Psycholinguistics

Qualifications and Honours

  • Bachelors of Arts in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • Masters of Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 2015


For a full listing of my publications, please see my personal publications page.(opens in a new window)

Contact Alba

Email A.Tuninetti@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone +61 2 9772 6281
Location Western Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)
Room 3.G.04