English Pronunciation and Accent Modification

Dr. Amber D. Franklin is the director of the English Language Learning Pronunciation Lab (ELLPL) at Miami University. The research conducted in this lab is aimed at developing effective clinical approaches to assess and train pronunciation skills in English language learners.

Previous and ongoing lab studies include: an investigation of acoustic variables associated with listener judgments of foreign-accented speech; an analysis of phonological processes in the speech of adult English language learners; an examination of goodness and accentedness ratings in vowels produced by English language learners; and an investigation of the relationship between goodness ratings, functional load values, and the reciprocity of vowel errors.

The ELLPL provides mentored and collaborative research experiences to a select group of graduate and undergraduate students. Students learn a variety of research-based skills including acoustic analysis, experimental design, literature search and review, and data collection and analysis.  ELLPL research assistants also participate in a variety of mentored writing projects.

Dr. Franklin and students work together at a conference table

Dr. Franklin and students pose in the ELLPL