My research interests are primarily in phonetics and neurolinguistics and I am interested in the behavioral and neural bases of bilingualism and second language acquisition. I use a variety of interdisciplinary methods to investigate human speech production and perception.

I often ask the following questions in my research:

  1. How do speakers learn, produce, and perceive the sounds of the world’s languages?
  2. How does the human brain process speech?
  3. How do listeners use acoustic cues to understand the identity of the speaker?

Speech Perception

Neural Bases of Bilingual Speech Perception

Do bilinguals better discriminate novel vowel contrasts? Neural correlates of perceptual assimilation using MEG decoding

Lang, B., Gwilliams, L., Blanco-Elorrieta, E., and Marantz, A. (2020).


Queer Sociophonetics

Perceiving the intersection of gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender expression in American English

Lang, B. (2022)


Speech Production

Phonetic Drift

Effects of Exposure and Vowel Space Distribution on Phonetic Drift: Evidence from American English learners of French

Lang, B., and Davidson, L. (2019)


Phonetic drift in crowded vowel spaces: effects of exposure in English learners of French

Lang, B., and Davidson, L. (2016)


Speech Articulation

Covert contrast in the articulatory implementation of glottal variants of coda /t/ in American English

Davidson, L., Lang, B., Abdullah, O., Paterson, H., and Marantz, A. (2020)