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Name: Paola  Escudero
Institution: University of Amsterdam
Email: click here to access email
Homepage: http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/
State and/or Country: Netherlands   
Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Language Acquisition
Specialty: development of L1 and L2 phonological categorization
Selected Publications: Paola Escudero and Paul Boersma (2004): Bridging the gap between L2 speech perception research and phonological theory. Studies in Second Language Acquisition 26, 551-585.

Paola Escudero & Paul Boersma (2003): Modelling the perceptual development of phonological contrasts with Optimality Theory and the Gradual Learning Algorithm. In Proceedings of the 25th Penn Linguistics Colloquium. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics. (Rutgers Optimality Archive 439, 14 pages, 2001/04/26)

Paola Escudero & Paul Boersma (2002): The subset problem in L2 perceptual development: Multiple-category assimilation by Dutch learners of Spanish. In Proceedings of the 26th Boston University Conference on Language Development.

Paola Escudero (2001): The role of the input in the development of L1 and L2 sound contrasts: language-specific cue weighting for vowels. In Proceedings of the 25th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, November 2000. Cascadilla.
Announced on LINGUIST :  Linguistic Perception and Second Language Acquisition
Courses Taught: Speech Perception and Production
Perception and production in L2 acquisition,
General Linguistics,
Spanish Language,
English Language
Academic Paper Abstract: Measuring Relative Cue Weighting: A Reply to Morrison
Explaining individual variation in L2 perception: Rounded vowels in English learners of German

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