Ph.D., University of Oregon
Irina Shport is an Associate Professor in English, affiliated with the Interdepartmental Linguistics Program and the Hispanic Studies Program. Her research concerns the structure, interpretation, and acquisition of sound patterns, which is important for understanding cross-language differences, individual differences in language learning, and socially meaningful variation in speech. Her projects involved languages such as English, Tokyo Japanese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Nahuatl, Russian, and Latinx Spanish. Collaborations with undergraduate students at LSU extended her work to Southern English, Cajun English, and African American English spoken in Louisiana. This research has been supported by the Department of English, HSS College, and Louisiana Board of Regents, and published in such journals as "Journal of Phonetics," "American Speech," the "Journal of the Acoustical Society of America," "Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism," and the "Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research." Shport teaches courses on linguistics and the English language, including communication-intensive courses and a service-learning course in a partnership with schools in East Baton Rouge. In 2015, She has been a recipient of the Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award (2015) and the Happy Award from the LSU Center for Community Engagement, Learning, & Leadership (2018).
Area(s) of Interest
Phonetics and phonology in speech perception and production, with focus on (a) factors influencing language learning and (b) factors influencing language variation