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Yasna pereira

Research Student

Email: yasna.pereira.09@ucl.ac.uk

Principal Supervisor: Valerie Hazan

Subsidary Supervisor: Paul Iverson

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Research Interests

I am interested in L2 speech perception and production. My current PhD research project is on the use of visual cues in the perception of English vowels by L2 learners with Spanish (Chilean) as L1. I would like to find out whether non-native speakers of English (L2 learners) can benefit from the visual information available to English vowels and whether using visual cues can be learnt via training. Studies in the past have trained L2 learners in the use of visual cues to perceive some English consonants but not all learners have shown to benefit from this training modality (i.e. using visual information). There are also individual differences that might be linked to the extent to which learners can attend to visual cues.

I have an MA in Spanish Linguistics (UdeC, Chile) and an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Lancaster University, UK.

Dissertations

Pereira Y. (2008) English weak-forms produced by learners with Spanish as their mother tongue. MA in TESOL dissertation, Lancaster University, UK.

Pereira Y. (2007) Determinación del patrón prosódico de las oraciones ambiguas con adjunción alta de la cláusula de relativo. MA in Spanish Linguistics dissertation, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile.

Publications

Ruiz M., M. & Pereira R., Y. (2010) Acento léxico: tendencias de los correlatos acústicos. ONOMAZEIN 22, 2, pp. 43-58

Pereira R., Y. (2007) "Determinación del patrón prosódico de las oraciones ambiguas con adjunción alta de la cláusula de relativo". ONOMAZEIN, 16, pp.139-158.

Presentations

Pereira, Y., & Hazan, V. Perception of English vowels by L2 learners: Impact of audio, audio-visual and video-only training (poster). BAAP Colloquium 2012, Leeds.

Pereira, Y., & Hazan, V. Visual cues in the perception of English vowels by L2 learners with Spanish as L1 (talk). Bilingual & Multilingual Interaction 2012, Bangor.

Teaching Experience/Responsibilities

Lecturer in the Foreign Languages Department at Universidad de Concepcion, Chile.