Suzanne V.H. van der Feest


I am currently a Research Associate and Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. I also teach in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. I study how children learn language(s), and especially how they take the very first steps on their road to becoming native speakers and listeners: How do children identify the relevant sounds they hear in the language(s) in their daily environment, and how do they then use that knowledge to build a “phonological lexicon” (in other words, a “mental dictionary” of what words should sound like). I study how young children use their knowledge about sounds for recognizing sounds in spoken words - and also, for learning how to say the sounds and words of their native language (read more here).

For the year 2015 I am a Visiting Researcher at the University of Amsterdam, at the Center for Language and Communication.

I am from the Netherlands, where I got my PhD in Linguistics from the Radboud University Nijmegen in 2007. I moved to the United States (Philadelphia) in 2006, to work as a postdoc in the Department of Psychology (IRCS) at the University of Pennsylvania. I highly value the experiences I had working with Linguists, Psychologists as well as Speech-Language Pathologists, which has given me a full appreciation for all unsolved aspects of the complex language acquisition puzzle.

Our Dutch-Italian-Texan family has lived in Austin since 2009.

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Upcoming Talks

May 2015 -  Nijmegen

Donders Institute  Invited presentation

UT Austin, Department of Linguistics, 305 E 23rd Street B5100, Austin TX 78712, USA - suzanne at austin dot utexas dot edu

last updated May 2015

Click on the links above (under construction) for more information about my research, my cv and some of my favorite places in Austin, Philly, Italy, Amsterdam, and the rest of the world.

I love most to read, cook, to travel and hike everywhere, and photograph; I consider always being able to carry at least a small phone camera with me the best achievement of modern technology, since my beloved Canon EOS does not fit in my back pocket.

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