Wendy Herd is a linguist with research interests in phonetics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and second language acquisition. She uses experimental methods to investigate the perception and production of sounds in speakers’ first and second languages. Her current research focuses on category formation, a fundamental cognitive process, in adult second language learners and on phonetic drift, changes in speakers’ first language sound categories due to exposure to a second language. Dr. Herd is currently writing up her research on mismatch negativity (MMN) differences between L1 and L2 Spanish speakers and conducting experiments to examine the effect of language background on the perception of foreign-accented speech. She also runs the Linguistics Research Laboratory (Howell 103B), which houses five computers used for the collection of perception and psycholinguistic data and a sound-attenuated booth for the collection of production data. Students currently working in the lab are investigating the topics above as well as documenting the Southern Vowel Shift in Mississippi.
Ph.D. 2011 University of Kansas
M.A. 2007 University of Kansas
M.A. 2004 Missouri State University
B.A. 1995 University of Missouri
Linguistics, phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, research methods in linguistics
Herd, W., Walden, R., Knight, W., & Alexander, S. (2015). Phonetic drift in a first language dominant environment. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, 23 (1), 1 – 9. [pdf]
Herd, W., Sereno, J., & Jongman, A. (2015). Cross-modal priming differences between native and nonnative Spanish speakers. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 8 (1), 135 – 155. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/shll-2015-0005
Herd, W., Jongman, A., & Sereno, J. (2013). Perceptual and production training of intervocalic /d, ɾ, r/ in American English learners of Spanish. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133 (6), 4274 – 4255. [pdf]
Copyright (2013) Acoustical Society of America. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the Acoustical Society of America. ASA’s official online abstract: http://link.aip.org/link/?JAS/133/4247.
Jongman, A., Herd, W., Al-Masri, M., Sereno, J., & Combest, S. (2011). Acoustics and perception of emphasis in Urban Jordanian Arabic. Journal of Phonetics, 39 (1), 85 – 95. [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0095447010000938]
Herd, W., Jongman, A., & Sereno, J. (2010). An acoustic and perceptual analysis of /t/ and /d/ flaps in American English. Journal of Phonetics, 38 (4), 504 – 16. [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0095447010000458]