Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Graduate School
Areas of Expertise
- Spoken Language Processing
Shari Speer is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics whose primary research area is Psycholinguistics. She received a PhD in Human Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988. Her research concerns the relationship between language production and comprehension, with a particular focus on contributions from intonation and prosodic structure. The work employs insights from linguistic theory and empirical contributions from eye movement monitoring, spontaneous and lab speech productions, and traditional reaction-time paradigms to develop models of language processing, with a focus on the time-course of underlying cognitive mechanisms.