Postdoctoral Research Associate
Communication Analysis and Design Laboratory
Northeastern University
Dr. Rupal Patel, Lab Director

Originally from New Hampshire, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Spanish as well as a Master of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Rochester. Following my Master's degree, I was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Spain to work on the acquisition of intonation in Spanish and Catalan acquiring children.

I completed my PhD in Cognitive Science at Brown University in August 2014 under the supervision of Dr. James Morgan. My research focuses on the perception and production of prosody at different stages in development. The goal of my work is to provide a better understanding of how the complex interaction between prosody and meaning develops over infancy and early childhood.

Areas of specialization include child language acquisition, prosody, phonetics and phonology, typical and atypical development, and Spanish and Catalan linguistics.

Primary Research Interests:  First language acquisition; prosody; intersection of intonation and information structure; 
acoustic phonetics; articulatory phonology; Romance linguistics; typical and atypical development; motor speech disorders.

j.thorson at neu dot edu
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