RACHEL HAYES-HARB portrait
  • Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies
  • Professor, Linguistics

Research Statement

I study a variety of phenomena related to the acquisition of the phonology of a second language (L2) by adult learners, specifically the development of L2 phoneme inventories. My research typically involves experimental investigations of the perception of L2 sounds, the influence of various types of linguistic experience on L2 phonological development, and L2 reading.

For a complete record of my research, please see my CV or visit my Google Scholar profile.

Presentations

  • Title TBA. Invited talk at the 10th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching. Ames, IA, September. Invited Talk/Keynote, Other, 09/2018.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2018. Title TBA. Center for Language Science, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, March. Invited Talk/Keynote, Other, 03/2018.
  • Barrios, S. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2017. L2 learning of phonological alternations with and without orthographic input. Second Language Research Forum, Columbus, OH, October. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2017.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2016. Orthographic input and the acquisition of an L2 phonological process: The case of native English speakers learning and German final devoicing. Sound to Word in Bilingual and Second Language Speech Perception. University of Iowa, March-April. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/2016.
  • Durham, K., R. Hayes-Harb & S. Barrios. 2015. The influence of visual input type in the acquisition of phonological forms for newly-learned words. Conference on Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching. Dallas, TX, October. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/01/2015.
  • Durham, K., R. Hayes-Harb & S. Barrios. 2015. The influence of visual input type in the acquisition of phonological forms for newly-learned words. Second Language Research Forum. Atlanta, GA, October. Poster. Poster, Presented, 10/01/2015.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2014. Written input in second language phonological acquisition. University of Alberta Department of Linguistics, November. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2014.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. & D. Cotsonas. 2014. Content effects in native English-speaking students' adaptation to the speech of ITAs. Conference on Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching. Santa Barbara, CA, September. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/2014.
  • Smith, B.L. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2014. Acoustic variability in the speech of L2 learners of American English as a function of accentedness. 167th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Providence, RI, May. Poster. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/2014.
  • Durham, K., A. Zaba & R. Hayes-Harb. 2014. The Perception of Arabic Emphatic-Plain Consonant Contrasts by Native English Speakers. 167th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Providence, RI, May. Poster. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/2014.
  • Smith, B.L. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2013. Non-native speakers' variability in achieving native-like English consonant and vowel productions. Second Language Research Forum 2013. Provo, UT. October-November. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2013.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2013. Task effects on L2 lexical-phonological acquisition and processing. Second Language Research Forum 2013. Provo, UT. October-November. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2013.
  • Brown, K., R. Hayes-Harb & B.S. Smith. 2013. Orthographic Input Effects in Production of L2 German Word Final Obstruents. Second Language Research Forum 2013. Provo, UT. October-November. Poster, Presented, 10/2013.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. & J. Hacking. 2013. The influence of written stress marks on native English speakers’ acquisition of Russian lexical stress contrasts. EuroSLA 2013. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2013.
  • Bassetti, B., P. Escudero & R. Hayes-Harb. 2013. Orthographic effects on second language phonology. EuroSLA 2013. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2013.
  • Blackmer, R. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2013. Identifying effective methods of instruction for adult emergent readers through community-based research. Utah State Office of Education Summer Conference. June. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/2013.
  • Smith, B. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2013. Acoustic variability of consonant and vowel productions by native and non-native speakers of English. New Sounds 2013. Montreal, Canada. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/2013.
  • Barnhart, C. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2013. Community-Based Research: Effective literacy instruction for adult ESL emergent readers. University of Utah Engaged Faculty Retreat. May. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2013.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2013. "Input" in second language phonology: The influence of orthographic information. University of Arizona Department of Linguistics, March. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2013.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. & J. Hacking. 2013. Orthographic and auditory contributions to second-language word learning: Native English speakers learning Russian lexical stress. LSA-MLA joint forum entitled “Tuning in to the Phoneme: Phonetic and Phonological Nuances in Second Language Acquisition.” Boston, MA, January. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/2013.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. & C. Showalter. 2012. Orthographic influences on second language phonological acquisition. Second Language Research Forum. Pittsburgh, PA, October. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2012.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2012. Orthographic input and the acquisition of second language phonological forms. Plenary speaker at the Second Language Acquisition of Phonology 2012 Conference. University of York, U.K., July. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/2012.
  • Showalter, C. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2011. Tone and orthography in novel second language segment learning. Second Language Research Forum. Ames, IA, October. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/15/2011.
  • Hayes-Harb & J. Hacking. 2011. Variability in listeners’ bases for accentedness judgments of L2 speech. Second Language Research Forum. Ames, IA, October. Poster, Presented, 10/14/2011.
  • Munro, S., R. Blackmer & R. Hayes-Harb. 2011. Designing community-based research grant proposals. Research Administration Training Series, University of Utah, October. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/04/2011.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. & C. Barnhart. 2011. Designing community-based research grant proposals. Engaged Faculty Institute, Alta, UT, August. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/11/2011.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2011. The Development of L2 Lexical-Phonological Structure: Orthographic Effects. Topics in Spanish Language Acquisition, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Iowa (Skype), April. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/01/2011.
  • Smith, B.S. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2010. Speech production and speech perception findings for native German speakers learning English as a second language. New Sounds 2010. Poznan, Poland, May. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/2010.
  • Wood, A. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2010. Acquisition of Arabic phonemes by native English speakers. University of Utah Undergraduate Research Symposium. April. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/2010.
  • Haslam, M., A. Jarvi & R. Hayes-Harb. 2009. The influence of lexical access and linguistic context on second-language speech perception. Acoustical Society of America. Portland, OR, May. Poster. Conference Paper, Presented, 2009.
  • Dickman, S. & Hayes-Harb, R. 2009. Differences in intelligibility of non-native directed and hearing impaired directed speech for non-native listeners. Second Language Research Forum. East Lansing, MI, October-November. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2009.
  • Bolewicz, K., A. Zaba & R. Hayes-Harb. 2009. Exploiting familiar contrasts to perceive novel contrasts: The perception of Arabic pharyngealization contrasts by native English speakers. Second Language Research Forum. East Lansing, MI, October-November. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2009.
  • Haslam, M., A. Jarvi & R. Hayes-Harb. 2009. L2 word identification performance under various task conditions. 63rd Annual Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention. Snowbird, UT, October. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2009.
  • Schierloh, M. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2008. The contributions of talker familiarity and individual talker characteristics to FL listening comprehension: Native English speakers listening to German. American Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference. Washington, DC, March-April. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2008.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2008. Orthographic input and the phonological structure of the second language lexicon. University of Utah Communication Sciences & Disorders Colloquium, October. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2008.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2008. Learning the phonological forms of L2 words: Orthographic and auditory input. Workshop on the Relation between Orthography and Phonological Acquisition, Ghent University, Belgium, November. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2008.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2008. Learners’ use of orthographic information in the development of L2 lexical representations. Institute of Phonetic Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, November. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2008.
  • Smith, B.L. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2007. Individual differences in the production and perception of the voicing contrast by native and non-native speakers of English. 153rd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Salt Lake City, UT, June. Poster. Conference Paper, Presented, 2007.
  • Smith, B.L., M. Bruss, R. Hayes-Harb & A. Hamilton. 2007. Voicing and devoicing in similar German and English word pairs by native speakers of German. 154th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. New Orleans, LA, November. Poster. Conference Paper, Presented, 2007.
  • Escudero, P., R. Hayes-Harb, & H. Mitterer. 2007. Role of orthographic information in the auditory processing of novel L2 words. 153rd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Salt Lake City, UT, June. Poster. Conference Paper, Presented, 2007.
  • Escudero, P., R. Hayes-Harb & H. Mitterer. 2007. Explaining the interrelation between auditory and orthographic cues in L2 sound perception and word recognition. Fifth International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech (New Sounds 2007). Santa Catarina, Brazil, November. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2007.
  • Hayes-Harb, R., P. Escudero & H. Mitterer. 2007. Orthographic information and the phonological structure of the L2 lexicon. 30th annual Second Language Research Forum. Urbana-Champaign, IL, October. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2007.
  • Zaba, A., K. Bolewicz & R. Hayes-Harb. 2007. Native English speakers’ perception of Arabic pharyngealization contrasts. Panel on Experimental approaches to second language phonology. 36th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest. Denver, CO, September. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2007.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2007. Lexical-phonological structure in second language acquisition. Panel on Experimental approaches to second language phonology. 36th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest. Denver, CO, September. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2007.
  • Weber, A., P. Escudero, R. Hayes-Harb & A. Cutler. 2007. Exploring the phonological representations in the L2 lexicon. Workshop on Language Processing in First and Second Language Learners. MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, November. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 2007.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2007. The development of L2 lexical-phonological structure. Keynote speaker at the Conference of the Ohio University Linguistics Department, Ohio University, May. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2007.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2006. Research in the acquisition of second language speech. University of Utah Educational Psychology/Learning Sciences Colloquium, November. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2006.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2005. Novel phoneme contrasts and the developing L2 lexicon. University of Illinois Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education Colloquium, November. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2005.

Publications

  • Bruce L. Smith, Rachel Hayes-Harb & Eric M. Johnson (2017). ESL learners’ acoustic variability in producing American English tense and lax vowels. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation. Accepted, 11/2017.
  • Rachel Hayes-Harb, Kelsey Brown & Bruce L. Smith (2017). Orthographic input and the acquisition of German word-final devoicing by native English speakers. Language and Speech. Published, 06/2017.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. & K. Durham. 2016. Native English speakers’ perception of Arabic emphatic consonants and the influence of vowel context. Foreign Language Annals. Published, 01/2016.
  • Blackmer, R. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2016. Identifying effective methods of instruction for adult emergent readers through community-based research. Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education.. Published, 01/2016.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. & H.-w. Cheng. 2016. The influence of the Pinyin and Zhuyin writing systems on the acquisition of Mandarin word forms by native English speakers. Frontiers in Psychology, 7. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00785. Published, 01/2016.
  • Hayes-Harb, Rachel & Hacking, Jane F. (2015). Beyond rating data: What do listeners believe underlies their accentedness judgments?. John Benjamins Publishing Company. Vol. 1(1), 43-64. Published, 2015.
  • SHOWALTER, CATHERINE E. & HAYES-HARB, RACHEL (2015). Native English speakers learning Arabic: The influence of novel orthographic information on second language phonological acquisition. Cambridge University Press (CUP). Vol. 36(01), 23-42. Published, 2015.
  • BASSETTI, BENE, ESCUDERO, PAOLA & HAYES-HARB, RACHEL (2015). Second language phonology at the interface between acoustic and orthographic input. Cambridge University Press (CUP). Vol. 36(01), 1-6. Published, 2015.
  • Bassetti, B., P. Escudero & R. Hayes-Harb. 2015. Second language phonology at the interface between acoustic and orthographic input. Introduction to special issue of Applied Psycholinguistics 36, 1, 1-6. Published, 01/2015.
  • Showalter, C. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2015. Native English speakers learning Arabic: The influence of novel orthographic information on second language phonological acquisition. Applied Psycholinguistics 36, 1, 23-42. Published, 01/2015.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. & J.F. Hacking. 2015. The influence of written stress marks on native English speakers’ acquisition of Russian lexical stress contrasts. Slavic and East European Journal, 59, 1, 91-109. Published, 01/2015.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. & J.F. Hacking. 2015. Beyond rating data: What do listeners believe underlies their accentedness judgments? Journal of Second Language Pronunciation, 1, 1, 43-64. Published, 01/2015.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2014. Acoustic-phonetic parameters in the perception of accent. In A. Moyer & J. Levis, eds. Social Influences in L2 Pronunciation. De Gruyter Mouton. Pp. 31-51. Published, 06/2014.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2014. Review of Foreign Accent: The Phenomenon of Non-Native Speech, by Alene Moyer. Journal of Sociolinguistics 18, 3, 414-418. Published, 06/2014.
  • Showalter, C. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2013. Unfamiliar orthographic information and second language word learning: A novel lexicon study. Second Language Research 29, 2, 54 – 69. Published, 01/2013.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2012. Comparative phonetics and phonology. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, ed. Chapelle, C.A. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. Invited. Published, 12/2012.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. & J. Watzinger-Tharp. 2012. Accent, intelligibility, and the role of the listener: Perceptions of English-accented German by native German speakers. Foreign Language Annals 45, 2, 260–282. Published, 06/2012.
  • Smith, B.L. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2011. Individual differences in the perception of final consonant voicing among native and non-native speakers of English. Letter to the Editor. Journal of Phonetics 39, 1, 115-120. Published, 01/2011.
  • Hayes-Harb, R., J. Nicol & J. Barker. 2010. Learning the phonological forms of new words: Effects of orthographic and auditory input. Language and Speech. Published, 10/2010.
  • Smith, B.L., R. Hayes-Harb, M. Bruss & A.A. Harker. 2009. Production and perception of voicing and devoicing in similar German and English word pairs by native speakers of German. Journal of Phonetics 37, 3, 257-275. Published, 2009.
  • Schierloh, M. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2009. The contributions of talker familiarity and individual talker characteristics to FL listening comprehension: Native English speakers listening to German. Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German 41, 2, 171-185. Published, 2009.
  • Hayes-Harb, R., B.L. Smith, T. Bent & A.R. Bradlow. 2008. The interlanguage speech intelligibility benefit for native speakers of Mandarin: Production and perception of English word-final voicing contrasts. Journal of Phonetics 36, 4, 664-679. Published, 2008.
  • Escudero, P., R. Hayes-Harb, & H. Mitterer. 2008. Novel second-language words and asymmetric lexical access. Journal of Phonetics, 36, 2, 345-360. Published, 2008.
  • Hayes-Harb & K. Masuda. 2008. Development of the ability to lexically encode novel L2 phonemic contrasts. Second Language Research 24, 1, 5-33. Published, 2008.
  • Masuda, K. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2007. Lexical development of Korean learners of Japanese: A case study of Japanese consonant quantity. In M. Minami, ed. Applying Theory and Research to Learning Japanese as a Foreign Language. Tokyo: Kurosio. Published, 2007.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2007. Lexical and statistical evidence in the acquisition of second language phonemes. Second Language Research 23, 1, 1-31. Published, 2007.
  • Hayes-Harb, R. 2006. Native speakers of Arabic and ESL texts: Evidence for the transfer of written word identification processes. TESOL Quarterly 40, 2, 321-339. Published, 2006.
  • Masuda, K. & R. Hayes-Harb. 2005. Eigobogowasha ni yoru sokuon shuutoku no sutoratejii: sinrigengogakuteki jikken to onkyoo bunseki o tooshite [English speakers’ strategies for acquiring Japanese geminates: A psycholinguistic and acoustic examination]. In M. Minami & M. Asano, eds. New Directions in Applied Linguistics of Japanese 4. Tokyo: Kurosio. Published, 2005.