Wendy Herd

Wendy Herd

Associate Professor


YMCA Bldg 1400
Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS 39762


  • Ph.D.   2011    University of Kansas
  • M.A.    2007    University of Kansas
  • M.A.    2004    Missouri State University
  • B.A.    1995    University of Missouri

Teaching Interests

Linguistics, phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, research methods in linguistics


Dr. Wendy Herd passed away August 11, 2020.  

Wendy Herd was a linguist with research interests in phonetics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and second language acquisition. She used experimental methods to investigate the perception and production of sounds in speakers’ first and second languages. Her research focused 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 worked 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 ran the Linguistics Research Laboratory (George Hall), which houses five computers used for the collection of perception and psycholinguistic data and a sound-attenuated booth for the collection of production data. She worked with students in the lab on the topics above as well as documenting the Southern Vowel Shift in Mississippi.


  • Shport, I. & Herd, W. (forthcoming, (forthcoming, Sept. 15, 2000). Sounding Southern: Identities expressed through language. Acoustics Today.
  • Herd, W. (2020). Sociophonetic VOT variation in Mississippi English. In the Special Issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (Eds. Shport, I. & Herd, W.*), 147 (1), 596-642). Access Article here: https://asa.scitation.org/doi/full/10.1121/10.0000545
  • Herd, W. & Shport, I. (2020). The Southern United States: Social Factors and Language Variation. In the Special Issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (Eds. Shport, I. & Herd, W.* ), 147 (1), 525-528. Access article here: https://asa.scitation.org/doi/full/10.1121/10.0000606
  • 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]

*These two articles were edited by James Lynch, the Editor in Chief of the journal.

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