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Nancy Ward

{my first and last name}

UCLA Linguistics

Mailing address:

UCLA Department of Linguistics
3125 Campbell Hall
Box 951543
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1543

I am a third year graduate student in the Linguistics Department at UCLA, advised by Megha Sundara. I am a part of both the UCLA Language Lab and the Phonetics Lab.

Here is my CV.

Research Interests:

Current Research:


Development of native language preference in the visual modality. Poster presented at 2nd Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics, Cancun, MX.
(Received Best Student Paper - Speech Communication award.)
Short-term exposure to a second language produces language-specific effects in babbling. Poster accepted for Boston University Conference in Language Development 35, Boston, MA.
2009 Consequences of short-term language exposure in infancy on babbling. Poster presented at 158th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Antonio, TX. (Received Best Student Paper - Speech Communication 2nd Prize award.)
2008 Flapping and vowel lengthening in California English. Presented at the Processes and constraints: theory comparison through empirical inquiry mini-conference, for Linguistics 200a, Los Angeles, CA.
2008 A study of vowel duration as a cue for the underlying voicing of intervocalic alveolar flaps. Poster presented at the Summer Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America, Columbus, OH.
2008 A quantitative study of vowel duration as a cue for the underlying voicing of intervocalic alveolar flaps. Presented at the UC Berkeley Linguistics Department Colloquium, Berkeley, CA.
2007 Neutralization in the length of vowels preceding intervocalic alveolar flaps in CA English. Presented at Sixth Annual Society of Linguistics Undergraduate Students Symposium, Berkeley, CA.



When I'm not busy with school, I spend time watching Cal sports, especially basketball and football. My boyfriend Matt is in the Computer Science department at UC Berkeley. I also like to read, cook, watch bad movies, and play with my cat, Leia.