Melissa Baese-Berk, Department of Linguistics

Melissa Baese-Berk

mbaesebe@uoregon.edu
Academic Areas:
Bilingualism, Speech Perception, Second Language Acquisition, Non-Native Speech

Melissa Baese-Berk studies speech perception and production, with special attention to nonnative speakers and listeners. She looks closely at variation in speech production and how that variation influences listeners in perception. She has also worked extensively on how various aspects of perception and productions systems interact. Listening to speech in adverse conditions, for example, is often a challenge. Baese-Berk also serves as director of the UO's Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Certificate Program and as an undergraduate advisor. Before joining the UO, she served as a postdoctoral researcher at both the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language in Spain and at Michigan State University.

Contact: mbaesebe@uoregon.edu | 541-346-9134

Websites:
http://www.melissabaeseberk.com/
https://linguistics.uoregon.edu/profile/mbaeseberk

Recent Media:
Language experts on Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony – and how words impact if women are believed (Mic, Sept. 28, 2018)
What's the best way to learn new sounds in a foreign language? (Inside Science, July 27, 2018)
UO professor researches how speech works (And doesn't) (Jefferson Public Radio, Oct. 6, 2017)
Foreign accents may depend as much on your eyes as your ears (Uptown Radio, May 12, 2017)
Learn a new lingo while doing something else (Scientific American, Jan. 1, 2017)
How to learn a new language while making dinner, running errands, or paying bills (Business Insider, Dec. 28, 2016)
What a difference an 'a' makes (Around the O, Sept. 7, 2016)
How to teach old ears new tricks (Scientific American, July 1, 2014)
Good news: You can learn a new language without even thinking about it (Reader’s Digest)
Proposal: Armstrong flubbed his big moon speech because of Ohio (The Atlantic, June 3, 2013)