Thomas St. Pierre


444 Baldy Hall


University at Buffalo
Department of Linguistics
609 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260


I am currently a PhD student at the University at Buffalo specializing in psycho-/neurolinguistics. I teach Linguistic courses in the Linguistics Program and German courses in the UB German Program, and have previously taught ESL courses in the Intensive English Institute at Ball State University and the American Language Program at Columbia University.

Broadly speaking, I'm interested in how speaker-specific information influences language processing. Currently, I'm investigating how speakers adapt to the speech of nonnative speakers. Specifically, using eye-tracking data being collected at the University of Cologne in collaboration with Andreas Brocher, I've been looking at whether native speakers of German are sensitive to incorrect (yet consistent) gender-marking on specific nouns, and use this information to help them process upcoming nouns in a specific nonnative speaker's speech. In the future, I'd like to investigate whether native speakers also take into account consistent errors in word order and word meaning, and whether the degree to which native speakers adapt to nonnative speech depends on their language ideologies.

I am also the President of the Cognitive Science Graduate Student Association, an interdepartmental organization consisting of graduate students interested in cognitive science who meet once a month to discuss each other's research.