Elise Bell Receives EAPSI Fellowship from the National Science Foundation

Congratulations to Elise Bell, recipient of an East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) fellowhip from the National Science Foundation!

Elise will be working with Dr. Brett Baker and Dr. Rikke Bundgaard-Nielsen at the University of Melbourne's Department of Languages and Linguistics to investigate the sound system of Roper Kriol, a native Australian language. They will be working with young speakers of Roper Kriol in the Northern Territory. The vocabulary of Roper Kriol is very similar to that of English, but the acoustic features that Kriol speakers use to distinguish consonants differ from the distinctions used in English. Looking at the ability that children of various ages (and lengths of time spent in English schooling) have to discriminate between various consonants in English words can help us see whether their dependence on Kriol or English distinctions in consonant identification changes over time. Additional knowledge about their English acquisition process can be used to improve educational outcomes for Kriol speakers. 

EAPSI awards provide U.S. graduate students in science, engineering, and education with first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan, an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location, and an orientation to the society, culture, and language. It is expected that EAPSI awards will help students initiate professional relationships to enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. More information can be found here.

Published Date: 

05/13/2015 - 11:53am

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