Franzo Law II
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The focus of my research is exploring bilingual speech perception and the structure of the bilingual lexicon. My research has focused on the relative difficulties that late learners of a second language face in language learning. I plan to investigate word learning in bilingual children, and how phonetic similarities and differences between the two acquired languages affect the structure of their lexicon.
Current Academic Position

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Psychology department
NIH T32 Training in Language: Acquisition and Adult Performance
Investigation of the relationship between developmental speech perception and vocabulary size, exploring influences of dialect and socioeconomic status. (Dr. Jan Edwards, adviser)


Education

The Graduate School and University Center - City University of New York
Degree: Ph.D. in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Concentration: Cross-Language Speech Perception
Dissertation Title: Perception of Canadian-French Word-Final Vowels in Lexical and Morphosyntactic Minimal Pairs by English Learners of French. (Dr. Winifred Strange, adviser)

Stanford University
Degree: B.S. in Symbolic Systems
Concentration: Historical Linguistics
Honors: Linguistics Department
Honors Thesis Title: Is it Justified to Absolutely Avoid Splitting an Infinitive: A Diachronic Analysis of the Split Infinitive. (Dr. Elizabeth Traugott, adviser)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Levy, E. S., Goral, M., Castelluccio de Diesbach, C., & Law II, F. (2011) Stronger accent following a stroke: the case of a trilingual with aphasia. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics. 25(10), 815-830.

Levy, E. S., & Law II, F. (2010). Production of French vowels by American-English learners of French: Language experience, consonantal context, and the perception-production relationship. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.128(3), 1290-1305. download article

Strange, W., Levy, E. S., & Law II, F. (2009). Cross-language categorization of French and German vowels by naïve American listeners. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 126(3), 1461-1476. download article

Conference Presentations

Johnson, A., & Law II, F. (Submitted). Effects of phonemic variability and language dominance on Canadian French-English bilinguals’ perception of French vowels in various phonological contexts [abstract]. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

Law II, F., Edwards, J., & Chen J. (2012). Exploring lexical and phonological development in preschoolers: An eyetracking study. Annual Conference of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Law II, F., Chen, J., & Edwards, J. (2012). Examining individual differences using the mispronunciation paradigm. EyeTracKids: Eye Tracking Methodology in Child and Infant Research.

Law II, F. (2011). Perception of Canadian French word-final vowels by English-dominant and French-dominant bilinguals [Abstract]. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130(4), 2574.

Law II, F. & Strange, W. (2010). Perception of Canadian French word-final vowels in lexical and morphosyntactic minimal pairs by English learners of French. [abstract]. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 128(4), 2488. download poster

Law II, F. & Strange, W. (2009). Maintenance of /e-ε/ in word-final position as a phonemic and morphemic contrast in Canadian French [abstract]. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 125(4), 2757. download poster

Levy, E. & Law II, F. (2009). Perception-production relationship in French vowel learning in adulthood. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 125(4), 2772. download poster

Levy, E. & Law II, F. (2008). Production of Parisian French Front rounded vowels by second-language learners. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America [abstract] 123(5), 3073.download poster

Law II, F. & Strange, W. (2008). Acoustical analysis of Canadian and Parisian French word-final vowel productions in varying phonetic contexts [abstract]. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 123(5), 3735. download poster

Gilichinskaya, Y. D., Law II, F., & Strange, W. (2007). Speeded discrimination of American vowels by experienced Russian learners of English [Abstract]. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 122(5), 3028-3029. download poster

Ito, K., Law II, F., Sperbeck, M.N., Berkowitz, S., Gilichinskaya, Y. D., Monteleone, M., & Strange, W (2007). Speeded discrimination of American vowels by experienced Japanese late L2 learners. [Abstract]. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 121(5), 3073. download poster

Law II, F., Gilichinskaya, Y. D., Ito, K., Hisagi, M., Berkowitz, S., Sperbeck, M. N., Monteleone, M., & Strange, W. (2006). Temporal and spectral variability of vowels within and across languages with small vowel inventories: Russian, Japanese, and Spanish [Abstract]. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 120(5), 3296. download poster

Gilichinskaya, Y., Hisagi, M., Law II, F., Berkowitz, S., & Ito, K. (2005). Within- and across-language spectral and temporal variability of vowels in different phonetic and prosodic contexts: Russian and Japanese [Abstract]. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 117(4), 2400. download poster

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