- Assistant Professor, Second Language Studies
- Ph.D. 2003. Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France and Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
- M.A. German and Romance Linguistics and Literature
Office: Memorial Hall 301
Office phone: (812) 855-0033
Second Language Psycholinguistics Lab: http://www.iub.edu/~psyling/
Lab phone: 812-856-1362
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.Please also visit Professor Darcy's Lab Website.
Courses Recently Taught
- S 500 Foreign Accent
- S 600 Spoken Word Recognition in a Second Language
- T 500 Issues in Pronunciation Teaching: A pronunciation Cookbook
- L 541 Introductory Phonetics (for the Department of Linguistics)
- T 500 Second Language Speech Perception and Foreign Accent
- T 514 English Phonology for Teaching Pronunciation
- S 605 Second Language Speech Processing (with Professor Laurent Dekydtspotter)
- S 600 Learnability (with Laurent Dekydtspotter)
- S 512 Second Language Phonology
- S 600 Individual differences in second language acquisition
- S 600 Experimental Methods in Laboratory Phonology
Darcy, I., Park, H. and Yang, C-L. Submitted). Suppression of the first language in second language phonological processing: Effects of experience and individual variation.
Gordon, J. & Darcy, I. (submitted). Pronunciation instruction and comprehensibility: Effects of explicit pronunciation instruction on segmentals and suprasegmentals.
Darcy, I. & Krüger, F. (2012). Vowel perception and production in Turkish children acquiring L2 German, Journal of Phonetics, 40, 568-581.
Darcy, I., Ewert, D. & Lidster, R. (2012). Bringing pronunciation instruction back into the classroom: An ESL Teachers' pronunciation "toolbox". In J. Levis & K. Lavelle (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Sept. 2011. (pp. 93-108). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.
Darcy, I. & Feldhausen, I. (in press). Französisch. In M. Krifka, J., Blaszak, A. Leßmöllmann, A. Meinunger, B. Stiebels, R. Tracy and H. Truckenbrodt (Eds.), Das mehrsprachige Klassenzimmer. Springer Verlag. [French. In: The multilingual classroom].
Darcy, I. Dekydtspotter, L., Sprouse, R. A., Glover, J., Kaden, C., McGuire, M., & Scott, J. H. G. (2012). Direct mapping of acoustics to phonology: On the lexical encoding of front rounded vowels in L1 English-L2 French acquisition. Second Language Research, 28, 1-36.
Truckenbrodt, H., & Darcy, I. (2010). Object clauses, movement, and phrasal stress. In N. Erteschik-Shir & L. Rochman (Eds.), The Sound Patterns of Syntax (pp. 189-216). Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.
Teichmann, M., Darcy, I., Bachoud-Lévi, A.-C., & Dupoux, E. (2009). The role of the striatum in phonological processing. Evidence from early stages of Huntington's disease. Cortex, 45(7), 839-849.
Darcy, I., Ramus, F., Christophe, A., Kinzler, K., & Dupoux, E. (2009). Phonological knowledge in compensation for native and non-native assimilation. In F. Kügler, C. Féry & R. van de Vijver (Eds.), Variation and Gradience in Phonetics and Phonology (pp. 265-309). Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
Bartels, S., Darcy, I., & Höhle, B. (2009). Schwa Syllables Facilitate Word Segmentation for 9-month-old German-learning Infants. In J. Chandlee et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (Vol. 1, pp. 73-84). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
Darcy, I. (2008). Representation of Phonological Alternations in a First and a Second Language: A Preliminary Report. In Selected Proceedings of the 2007 Second Language Research Forum, ed. Melissa Bowles, Rebecca Foote, Silvia Perpiñán, and Rakesh Bhatt, 171-186, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. www.lingref.com, document #1743.
Darcy, I., Peperkamp, S. & Dupoux, E. (2007). Bilinguals play by the rules. Perceptual compensation for assimilation in late L2-learners. In Cole, Jennifer and José I. Hualde (eds.). Laboratory Phonology 9 (pp. 411-442). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Darcy, I., & Kügler, F. (2007). Phonological context effects for voicing and devoicing in French. In Trouvain, Jürgen and William J. Barry (eds.). Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (pp. 1257-1260). Saarbrücken.