Alexander L. Francis
I am currently an associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
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...
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
West Lafayette, IN 47907
last updated January 14, 2013.