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Second language phonology and processing; acquisition of phonology; accent; speech perception; word recognition.
Isabelle Darcy is Assistant Professor of Second Language Phonology and Processing with the Indiana University Department of Second Language Studies. After completing a Franco-German Master's Degree in German and Romance Linguistics and Literature, she obtained a Ph.D. in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (France) and from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (Germany), for which she was awarded an Outstanding Dissertation Award from the University of Mainz. She has worked as a postdoctoral research and teaching associate at the Universities of Potsdam and Tuebingen (Germany).
One of the big challenges for research investigating language as a cognitive faculty is to determine which aspects of our linguistic behavior and structures are part of one's biological endowment for language - thus relying on mechanisms that are specifically adapted to linguistic processing - and which might result from general properties of human cognition. Isabelle Darcy's field of investigation is at the crossroads of experimental psycholinguistics and linguistic theory. Her current research interest is centered on the acquisition and the representation of linguistic sound systems in a wide range of populations, infants and young children acquiring their first language, adults acquiring a second language, or patients with linguistic pathologies.