Wendy Herd is a linguist who specializes in phonetics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and second language acquisition. She uses experimental methods in order 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 cross modal priming and mismatch negativity differences between L1 and L2 Spanish speakers. She also runs the Linguistics Research Laboratory, 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., 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]
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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]