Alexander L. Francis


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I am currently an associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

In addition, I am a Faculty Associate in the Center on Aging and the Life Course, I am a Program Faculty member in Linguistics, and I hold a courtesy appointment in Psychological Sciences.


Before coming to Purdue, I was a Post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, working primarily with Valter Ciocca.

Before that I received my PhD from the University of Chicago in Psychology and Linguistics under the supervision of Howard Nusbaum in Psychology and Karen Landahl in Linguistics. I also worked with Terry Regier, Steve Shevell, David McNeil, and Janellen Huttenlocher.


I study speech perception, acoustic phonetics and cognitive hearing science, with a particular interest in the role that cognitive mechanisms may play in understanding speech under challenging conditions. My recent work has focused on cross-language, second language and accented speech perception, and speech perception by older listeners with and without hearing impairment. I have also studied the production, perception and learning of Cantonese lexical tones, and factors contributing to the intelligibility of synthetic speech. I regularly teach courses in phonetics, acoustics, and aging and communication, and occasionally in research methods and attention.

After many years of sloth I joined the Wabash River Runners' Club. I particularly enjoy multi-sport events (triathlons and duathlons). Here are some of the races I have done. Life has taken its toll on my training and racing, but I hope to get back to it soon...

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Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Heavilon Hall
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907

last updated January 14, 2013.