Leonardo Contreras Roa

Leonardo Contreras Roa

Associate Professor in English Phonetics and Phonology

CORPUS - EA 4295

Université de Picardie Jules Verne

Biography

I am a linguist, an English teacher and a phonetician.

I initially studied translation in Chile and was passionate about translation analysis—trying to understand how language structures and ideas are modified when someone translates them from one language to another.

I then became interested in language teaching, so I moved to France. There, I started teaching Spanish and then English. I realized that, just as structures and ideas are transformed when translated, so are the structures and sounds of a language when someone learns it as a second or foreign language.

My research currently consists in analyzing through phonetics how learners acquire the phonemes, rhythm and intonation of the language they are learning. I particularly enjoy working with big corpora of audio or video data to find regularities and try to make things out of them—i.e. understanding the way a learner's interlanguage behaves.

Interests

  • Phonetics (Segmental, Prosody)
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Language acquisition

Education

  • PhD in Linguistics and Didactics, 2019

    Université Rennes 2 (France)

  • MA in Linguistics and Didactics, 2014

    Université Rennes 2 (France)

  • BA in Translation (Spanish-English-French), 2011

    Universidad de Concepción (Chile)

Projects

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Discourse Reporting in African Storytelling

Analysis of discourse reporting strategies characteristic of traditional narratives in African languages, compared to discourse reporting strategies in Turkic languages spoken in Russia.
Discourse Reporting in African Storytelling

CIL

Corpus Inter Langue - Oral corpus of learners of English and French as a foreign language.
CIL

IPELP

Interphonology of English Learner Prosody - A corpus for the study of the prosody of learners of English
IPELP

IPCE-IPAC

Interphonology of Contemporary English - Interphonologie de l’anglais contemporain
IPCE-IPAC

Past & Upcoming Talks

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L’apport du geste dans l'acquisition de la prononciation en L2 via un outil d’apprentissage en ligne : Une étude pilote

L’apport du geste dans l'acquisition de la prononciation en L2 via un outil d’apprentissage en ligne : Une étude pilote

A data repository for the management of dynamic linguistic datasets

This paper addresses the issue of using Nakala, a dynamic database technology, for the management of language corpora. We present our …
A data repository for the management of dynamic linguistic datasets

Reče: The emergence of a quotative verb in Macedonian

In this paper we argue that the verb reče ‘say.PFV.PRES.3SG’ in Macedonian (South Slavic) is grammaticalizing into a quotative marker, i.e., a particle that signals reported speech. This quotative shows up in narratives in informal settings.
Reče: The emergence of a quotative verb in Macedonian

Unstressed vowels in learner speech: exploring the IPCE-IPAC data

1. Introduction English is characterized by presenting vowel reduction in unstressed vowels, usually represented phonologically as /ə/. This phonological phenomenon has been proven to be difficult to reproduce by learners of L1s that do not present this spectral cue to word stress (Flege & Bohn, 1989; Lee et al.
Unstressed vowels in learner speech: exploring the IPCE-IPAC data

Poster: The acquisition of the English /s-z/ voice contrast by learners of three L1s

Introduction English has a high functional load voice contrast between /s/ and /z/, which is active word-initially (sing /s/ - zing /z/), word-medially (fussy /s/ - fuzzy /z/) and word-finally (rice /s/ - rise /z/).
Poster: The acquisition of the English /s-z/ voice contrast by learners of three L1s

Experience

What I’ve been up to lately

 
 
 
 
 

Associate Professor

Université de Picardie Jules Verne

Sep 2021 – Present Amiens, France
Teaching English phonetics and phonology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral researcher

IRIT - Université Toulouse III

May 2021 – Jul 2021 Toulouse, France
Analyzing experimental speech data from Japanese learners of French as a foreign language to determine if gestural feedback (as per the verbotonal method) has an influence on their pronunciation at a segmental and suprasegmental level.
 
 
 
 
 

Research assistant

LLACAN - CNRS

Nov 2020 – Apr 2021 Villejuif, France
Treatment of audio and audiovisual data in a corpus of West-African and Turkic languages for the study of discourse reporting strategies in storytelling settings. Analysis of prosodic features associated to discourse reporting.
 
 
 
 
 

Part-time Lecturer

University of Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3

Sep 2020 – Apr 2021 Paris, France
Teaching undergraduate courses on English phonetics.
 
 
 
 
 

Research engineer

University of Rennes 2

Sep 2020 – Nov 2020 Rennes, France
Treatment of oral and written data (and metadata) of L2 French and L2 English learner productions for the online stocking and publication of the CIL corpus.
 
 
 
 
 

Temporary Lecturer and Research Assistant (ATER)

University of Lille

Sep 2019 – Aug 2020 Lille, France
Teaching undergraduate courses on English phonetics (segmental, suprasegmental and experimental) and conducting research on Interlanguage through the collection and analysis of the IPCE-IPAC corpus.
 
 
 
 
 

Temporary Lecturer and Research Assistant (ATER)

University of Rennes 2

Oct 2017 – Aug 2018 Rennes, France
Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on English phonetics, syntax, and corpus linguistics. Supervising research projects (first-year graduate students) on corpus linguistics.
 
 
 
 
 

Doctoral student

University of Rennes 2

Sep 2014 – Aug 2017 Rennes, France
Doctoral research on the interlanguage prosody of L1 Spanish and L1 French learners of English as an L2.

Skills

Work in progress

r-project

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chart-line

Statistics

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praat

Praat

100%

elan

ELAN

80%

japan

にほんご

60%

javascript

Javascript

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