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Dr. Yvan Rose

{Dr. Yvan Rose}
Dr. Yvan Rose

Assistant professor
Department of Linguistics

Research interests
Phonology and cognitive sciences are Dr. Rose's research focus. More specifically, he is studying first and second language acquisition of sound systems. Memorial's Faculty of Arts has funded a new lab for Dr. Rose that includes a soundproof recording booth, and a computer cluster that will provide multimedia recordings, experiments and analysis capabilities for linguistic research in acquisition, as well as in related areas such as speech disorders and applied phonetics. With this equipment, Dr. Rose intends to analyze how first- and second-language learners acquire and process the language structures. As part of this project, Dr. Rose and colleagues from McGill University and the University of California, Berkeley, are investigating the phonological development of English-learning twins, as well as the development of a bilingual (French-Spanish) phonology.

Dr. Rose's interest in language acquisition began during his doctoral studies. His dissertation focused on first-language acquisition of Québec French language phonology, the only such study at present. His longitudinal study concentrated on children at around two years of age, following their progress over two years through hour-long interactions with each child every two weeks. In January 2001, Dr. Rose began a post-doctoral SSHRC Fellowship at Berkeley and later transferred that fellowship to Brown University, to participate in a new research initiative on first language phonological acquisition funded by the National Institute of Health. During his post-doc, Dr. Rose also developed an innovative computer database that allows him to conduct larger-scale studies.

Dr. Rose was appointed as a faculty member in August 2002, and said he is delighted to be living and working in Newfoundland. Hailing from eastern Québec, Dr. Rose completed his BA and MA at Laval, both in linguistics, and his doctorate in December 2000 from McGill.

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