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University of Pittsburgh

Marta Ortega-Llebaria

Assistant Professor

PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington

Post-Doc, University College London

Intonation, acquisition of L2 prosody, laboratory approaches to the phonology of Catalan, Spanish and English, cross language speech perception and production.

Contact Info:

2830 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Linguistics
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-624-5921



Courses Taught

LING 1000 Introduction to Linguistics
LING 1578 Phonetics and Phonemics (undergraduate)
LING 1579 Phonology
LING 2578 Phonetics and Phonemics (graduate)
LING 2391 Phonology of Spanish
LING 2397 Special Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: Dialectology and Intonation
LING 2397 Special Topics in Hispanic Linguistics: L2 Phonetics


Research Interests

Marta’s research is experimental and it centers on suprasegmental aspects of speech, such as prosody and rhythm. She has studied the intonation of Catalan, Spanish, Rumanian and English, especially the perception and production of stress and accent. She also investigates the acquisition of prosody in a second language.


Selected Publications

Ortega-Llebaria, M. and Colantoni, L. (accepted). L2 English intonation: relations between form-meaning associations, access to meaning and L1 transfer. Special Issue on L2 Prosody in Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

Ortega-Llebaria, M., Hong, G., Fan, Y. (2013). English speakers' perception of Spanish lexical stress: Context-driven L2 stress perception. Journal of Phonetics 41 (3-4) pp. 186-197.

Ortega-Llebaria, M. and Bosch, L. (accepted). Cues to dialectal discrimination in early infancy: a look at prosodic, rhythmic and segmental properties. In Joaquin Romero (Ed.) John Benjamins: Amsterdam/Philadelphia.

Ortega-Llebaria, M. and Prieto, P. (2011). Acoustic correlates of stress in Central Catalan and Castilian Spanish. Language and Speech 54 (1) pp. 1-25.

Ortega-Llebaria, M. (2009). On-line perception of lexical stress in English and Spanish: The effects of sentence intonation and vowel reduction. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 125 (A) 2755.

Ortega-Llebaria, M., Prieto, P. and Vanrell M. (2010) Catalan speakers’ perception of word stress in unaccented contexts. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 127 (1) pp. 462-471.