Dr Esther de Leeuw

Esther de Leeuw

Lecturer in Linguistics
School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London
E1 4NS

e.deleeuw@qmul.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5911 Fax: +44 (0)20 8980 5400

Office: 1.09 in ArtsOne Building
Office hours for Semester A 2012/13: Tuesday 11am-12pm and Wednesday 1-2pm
(no office hour during reading weeks)
Blog: QMULBILINGUALISM

PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Magistra Artium in Phonetics, Psychology and German Studies, University of Trier, Germany
with exchange to Utrecht University, Netherlands


Research

Supervision

Teaching

Publications

Presentations


Research interests

My research is interdisciplinary as I employ phonetic techniques to examine social and personal dimensions of language variation and change, particularly in relation to bilingualism and migration. As described by terms such as second language (L2) acquisition and first language (L1) attrition, relating the acquisition of the pronunciation of an L2 to changes which occur in the pronunciation of an L1 is a primary objective of my research. Comparative studies of both segmental and prosodic elements of speech (e.g. analyses of formant frequencies, tonal alignment and pitch range) have been the subject of my previous acoustic investigations. Moreover, I have examined discourse phenomena from a phonetic perspective cross-linguistically in relation to L2 acquisition. I would like to expand my research in the areas below.

(1) non-linguistic cognitive advantages of bilingualism/multilingualism
(2) factors (e.g. age constraints and contact) affecting bilingual/multilingual speech perception and production
(3) phonological analyses of language variation and change

Research supervision

I welcome applications from prospective MA and PhD students in areas related to my research specialisms and interests, as outlined above.

Teaching

At Queen Mary, University of London, I am currently responsible for the teaching of the BA modules

and the MA module

Through team-teaching, I am currently involved in the BA modules

and the MA module

In the past, I have taught

Publications

Peer-reviewed journal publications

de Leeuw, E., Opitz, C., & Lubińska, D. (forthcoming, 2013). The Dynamics of First Language Attrition across the Lifespan. International Journal of Bilingualism.

de Leeuw, E., Mennen, I., & Scobbie, J. (online). Dynamic systems, maturational constraints and L1 phonetic attrition. International Journal of Bilingualism, 1-19.

de Leeuw, E., Mennen, I. & Scobbie, J. (2011). Singing a different tune in your native language: L1 attrition of prosody. International Journal of Bilingualism, 16, 101-116.

de Leeuw, E., Schmid, M., & Mennen, I. (2010). The effects of contact on native language pronunciation in an L2 migrant context. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 13, 33–40.

Mennen, I., Scobbie, J., de Leeuw, E., Schaeffler, S. & Schaeffler, F. (2009). Measuring language specific phonetic settings. Second Language Research, 25(4), 435–464.

de Leeuw, E. (2007). Hesitation markers in English, German and Dutch. Journal of Germanic Linguistics, 1, 85–114.

Peer-reviewed book chapters

de Leeuw, E. (in press). Reassessing maturational constraints through evidence of L1 attrition in the domain of phonetics. In E. Thomas & I. Mennen (Eds.), Unravelling Bilingualism: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

International conference proceedings

de Leeuw, E., Schmid, M., & Mennen, I. (2007). Global Foreign Accent in Native German Speech. In J. Trouvain and W. Barry (eds.) Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 1605–1608.

PhD thesis

de Leeuw, E. (2009). When your native language sounds foreign: A phonetic investigation into first language attrition. PhD thesis, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Other publications

Shockey, L. & de Leeuw, E. (2010). How to Say: World Cup 2010 tongue-twisters. BBC Magazine Monitor. June 2010.

de Leeuw, E. (2010). How to Say: Van Gogh.. BBC Magazine Monitor. January 2010.

Schmid, M. & de Leeuw, E. (2008). Language attrition research network. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 1(18), 117–117.

Bormans, L., and de Leeuw, E. (2006). The BAAP 2006 Colloquium, 10-12 April 2006, Edinburgh (UK). The Phonetician, 93/94, 47-49.

de Leeuw, E. (2005). Wie fühlt es sich an, Bürger eines anderen Staates zu sein, ohne es zu wissen? NEON.de. August 2005.

de Leeuw, E. (2002). Studeren in het buitenland: Is Utrecht living up to its expectations? Onderwijs Evaluatie Rapport, 11–11.

Conference presentations (since 2006)

2012

Invited speaker. Foreign accented native speech: Phonetic L1 Attrition. Paper presented at Symposium on Measuring Foreign Accent in L1 and L2 Speech. University of Groningen, Netherlands; 9 March.

de Leeuw, E., Cherciov, M. L1 and L2 prosodic features in German-English consecutive bilingual speech. Paper presented at the British Association of Academic Phoneticians. University of Leeds, UK; 26-28 March.

de Leeuw, E., Cherciov, M. L1 and L2 prosodic features in German-English consecutive bilingual speech. Paper presented at L2 Prosody Workshop. ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice, Bangor University, UK; 29 March.

de Leeuw, E. Pronunciation proficiency and non-linguistic cognitive advantages of bilingualism. Paper presented at LingLunch. Queen Mary, University of London, UK; 19 June.

Invited speaker. Myths about bilingualism. Paper presented at the Skeena Health Unit, Speech and Hearing Clinic, Terrace, BC, Canada; 28 August.

2011

de Leeuw, E. Phonetic L1 attrition and next steps. Paper presented at LingLunch. Queen Mary, University of London, UK; 8 December.

Invited speaker. Postvocalic /r/ in Bristolian Department Stores. Paper presented at Workshop on Bristolian. University of Bristol, UK; 30 September.

de Leeuw, E., Mennen, I., Scobbie, J. A phonetic analysis of the /l/ phoneme in L1 attrition. Paper presented at the 8th International Symposium on Bilingualism. University of Oslo, Norway; 15-18 June.

2010

Invited speaker. When your native language sounds foreign: The phonetics of L1 attrition. Paper presented at the ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice, University of Wales at Bangor, UK: 10 May.

de Leeuw, E., Mennen, I., Scobbie, J. L1 Attrition of the lateral phoneme /l/. Paper presented at the British Association of Academic Phoneticians. City University, University College London, and the University of Westminster, UK; March 29-31.

2009

de Leeuw, E. Reassessing the concept of native speech. Paper presented at the 19th European Second Language Association Conference. University College of Cork, Ireland; 2–5 September.

de Leeuw, E. Different strokes for different folks, or inter- and intrapersonal variation in phonetic L1 attrition. Paper presented at the 7th International Symposium on Bilingualism. University of Utrecht, Netherlands; 8-11 July.

2008

de Leeuw, E. First language attrition of intonation. Paper presented at the AILA World Congress of Applied Linguistics. Multilingualism: Challenges and Opportunities. University of Essen, Germany; 24-29 August.

de Leeuw, E. Language contact and phonetic interaction. Paper presented at the Workshop on Contact Linguistics. University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; 11-14 August.

de Leeuw, E. Tonal alignment in German-English bilinguals in a migrant setting. Paper presented at the British Association of Academic Phoneticians. University of Sheffield, UK; March 31-April 2.

2007

de Leeuw, E. The realisation of rhotic and lateral consonants by German immigrants to Anglophone Canada. Paper presented at the 17th European Second Language Association Conference. University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; 11–14 September.

de Leeuw, E., Schmid, M. & Mennen, I. Perception of Foreign Accent in Native Speech. Paper presented at the 6th International Symposium on Bilingualism. University of Hamburg, Germany; 30 May - 2 June.

de Leeuw, E., Schmid, M. & Mennen, I. English Foreign Accented Native German Speech. Paper presented at the Developmental Linguistics Workshop. University of Edinburgh, UK; 5 May.

2006

de Leeuw, E. Perception of Foreign Accent in Native German Speech. Paper presented at the Speech Science Research Bakery. Queen Margaret University, UK; 15 May.

de Leeuw, E. An acoustic and articulatory ultrasound analysis of bi-directional interference in bilinguals. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Graduate Workshop on First Language Attrition. Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; 18-22 January.


Last updated 27 February 2012.