Anne-Michelle Tessier
tessiera at umich dot edu
am dot tessier at ubc dot ca


Welcome to one of my former lives, at the University of Michigan where from 2016-2018 I was a lecturer in Psychology and occasionally Linguistics, and a Research Investigator at the Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD).

I am now appointed in Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, so please see my new website.

Work I did while at Michigan

Tessier A.-M. and M. Becker. 2018. Vowel but not consonant identity and the very informal English lexicon. 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 shitgibbon.

My CHGD research, in collaboration with Ioulia Kovelman and Xiaosu Hu and Rennie Pasquinelli (B.Sc. 2018), 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 collected 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. This work was presented at ICPC 2018 in Crete; manuscript in progress (feel free to email for a status update.)

My Canadian SSHRC-funded research in collaboration with Ashley Farris-Trimble and Claire Moore-Cantwell at Simon Fraser University is a project on phonological perception and production in early child ESL learners, although currently we're actually studying the monolingual control data because of course it's more interesting (complicated) than we expected. The very beginnings of this work (now with many more populations and manuscripts in the works) are in : Tessier, A.M., A. Farris-Trimble and L. Vasilyeva. 2016. Phonological development and children's variable acceptability judgments of onset clusters. Poster presented at AMP 2016, USC.

My Teaching

At Michigan I frequently taught PSY352 Development of Language and Thought and PSY355 Cognitive Development, as well as Linguistics courses (Intro to Linguistics, First Year Seminar, Intro to Psycholinguistics, Speech Science, and Grad Phonology)


last updated November 26, 2018