Thomas St. Pierre

609 Baldy Hall · Buffalo, NY 14260 · (480) 335-5225 · tastpier@buffalo.edu

I am a doctoral candidate in Linguistics at the University at Buffalo, investigating adaption to grammatical and lexical errors in non-native speech. I've taught Linguistics and German for the UB Linguistics department, as well as ESL courses in the Intensive English Institute at Ball State University and the American Language Program at Columbia University.


Research

Summary

I'm interested in how people adapt to consistent errors in non-native speech. I've explored adaptation to consistent errors in object naming (e.g., calling a set of headphones 'speakers'), subject verb agreement with pluralia tantum nouns (e.g., 'The glasses *is'), and grammatical gender in German (with help from Andreas Brocher at the University of Cologne).

Recently I've been exploring whether social factors such as a listener's bias against foreigners affects if and how they adapt to non-native speech errors.

Selected Presentations

St. Pierre, T., & Koenig, J.-P. (2019, March). The Effect of Foreign Bias on Processing L2 English Speech. Poster presented at the 32nd Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, Boulder, CO.

St. Pierre, T., & Koenig, J.-P. (2018, September). Learning consistent gender errors in non-native speech. Poster presented at the Achitectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP), Berlin, Germany.

St. Pierre, T., & Koenig, J.-P. (2018, April). Adapting to errors in L2 speech. Talk presented at Linguistic Perspectives on Variation, a joint workshop between the University of Toronto and University at Buffalo Linguistics Departments, Buffalo, NY.

St. Pierre, T., & Koenig, J.-P. (2018, March). Broccoli or *cauliflower? Adaptation to L2 lexical errors. Poster presented at the 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, Davis, CA.

St. Pierre, T., & Koenig, J.-P. (2018, March). Where *is the jeans? Adapting to L2 grammatical errors. Poster presented at the 31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, Davis, CA.

St. Pierre, T. (2015, June). Do speakers use consistent L2 gender errors to anticipate upcoming nouns?. Talk presented at the Forschungskolloquium (research colloquium), Cologne, Germany.


Teaching

UB Curriculum, University at Buffalo
  • UBC 399: UB Capstone
Department of Linguistics, University at Buffalo
  • LIN 205: Intro to Linguistic Analysis
  • LIN 315: Language In Its Social Setting
  • GER 101: Beginning German 1
  • GER 102: Beginning German 2
American Language Program, Columbia University
  • Level 3
  • Level 4
  • Level 5
  • Level 6
Intensive English Institute, Ball State University
  • ENIEI 111: Level 1 Writing
  • ENIEI 121: Level 2 Writing
  • ENIEI 131: Level 3 Writing
  • ENIEI 132: Level 3 Grammar
  • ENIEI 141: Level 4 Writing
  • ENIEI 142: Level 4 Grammar
  • ENIEI 152: Level 5 Grammar
  • ENIEI 161: Level 6 Writing

CV

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Interests

I like hiking and I like taking pictures. Here are some pictures taken while hiking.