Welcome to my UMichigan website. I am a linguist who studies child language and development in a bunch of places. One of those places is
the Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) at the University of Michigan.
My Research Projects
* Tessier A.-M. and M. Becker. 2018.
Vowel but not consonant identity and the very informal English lexicon.
To appear in the Proceedings of the 2017 Annual Meeting of Phonology. This labour of love side project with Michael Becker uses anonymous surveys,
corpus data and crosslinguistic typology to investigate English speakers' phonological preferences
in a fairly novel and marginal part of the lexicon -- namely, a type of obscenity we call the
My current CHGD research, in collaboration
with Ioulia Kovelman
and Xiaosu Hu and B.A. student Rennie Pasquinelli, is focused on
the phonological processing skills acquired by children with early-implanted cochlear implants. How do children who acquire
all of their auditory language through a CI adapt to and compensate for the somewhat impoverished speech signal they perceive?
Which levels of phonological representation and/or retrieval are affected, and how are they manifested neurologically? Our team
is collecting a set of behavioural data (both standardized tests and our own protocols) as well as
functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy data
(an optical imaging method that does not interfere or interact with the cochlear implant, unlike fMRI and EEG)
from CI users ages 7-9, as well as from typically-hearing adults and children.
Manuscripts currently in progress Word recognition and phonological processing in Canadian Raising dialects -- first author: Ashley Farris-Trimble U-shaped development in child phonology -- in prep for WIREs Cognitive Science
At the University of Michigan, I am a Lecturer I in Psychology and Linguistics.
In Winter 2018, I'm teaching PSY352 Development of Language and Thought and PSY355 Cognitive Development.
I teach Mon/Wed 2:30-5:30 and my office hours this semester are Wednesdays 1-2pm or by appointment.
At other times, I have taught Linguistics courses at Michigan (Intro, First Year Seminar, Intro to Psycholinguistics, Speech Science, and Grad Phonology)
If you have questions about where I am and what I'm doing there (understandably), feel free to email me as above.