This page collects the theses produced by completed PhD students in the Language Learning Lab.
- Dr Gwen Brekelmans – 2020
Phonetic vowel training for child second language learners: the role of input variability and training task
Supervision: Dr Elizabeth Wonnacott & Dr Bronwen G. Evans
My PhD research focussed on how children learn new sounds of a second or foreign language, and in particular the vowels. What I tried to find out was how differences in the training method and training input affected their learning patterns, and how children differed from adults in this. I used a phonetic training paradigm to explore factors of input variability and training task in over 200 child learners, and used Bayesian methods to evaluate the presence or absence of evidence for such a variability effect.