Dr Ann Burchfield

Ann BurchfieldResearch Program: Speech and Language


I graduated from Simon's Rock College with a B.A. in linguistics in 2008. Between 2008 and 2009, I was a Fulbright fellow in Taiwan, where I taught English in rural elementary schools and worked with local teachers to bring an American perspective to the English curriculum.  This work set the stage for my later bilingualism research.

I completed my PhD in 2015 from Northwestern University with Ann Bradlow, Matt Goldrick, and Casey Lew-Williams. My thesis examined flexibility of speech planning and segmentation strategies across languages in Mandarin-English bilinguals. Other research I conducted at Northwestern investigated phonetic reduction and its relationship to syllable structure in English and Mandarin. I also participated in the design and creation of ALLSSTAR (Archive of L1 and L2 scripted and spontaneous speech), which is a corpus of scripted and spontaneous speech by bilinguals in English and dozens of other languages.

In August 2015, I joined the MARCS institute as a postdoctoral research fellow. I will be working with Professor Anne Cutler on a project designed to explain native language listening advantages. Listeners enjoy many advantages in their native language, including greater ability to identify individual talkers and understand speech in noisy conditions. In this project, I will compare perceptual adaptation across languages in bilingual listeners in order to identify the mechanism behind these advantages.

Research Interests

  • Bilingualism
  • Cross-language comparison
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Speech perception and production

Qualifications and Honours

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics from Northwestern University, Illinois, United States, 2015
  • Fulbright Grant to Taiwan, 2008-2009
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Simon's Rock College, Massachusetts, United States, 2008

Contact Ann

Email a.burchfield@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone +61 2 9772 6294
Location Western Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)
Room 3.G.66