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Erika Levy

Professional Background

Educational Background

Ph.D. Speech and Hearing Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center
M.A. (CCC-SLP) Speech-Language Pathology, Lehman College
M.A. Linguistics, New York University
B.A.  Psychology, Wesleyan University  

Scholarly Interests

Cross-language speech production and perception, communication disorders in bilinguals, accent and intelligibility in speech-language pathology, treatment efficacy in dysarthria due to cerebral palsy

Selected Publications

professional presentations

Altman, C., Goral, M., & Levy, E. (2012). Integrated narrative analysis in multilingual aphasia. Multilingual Conference, Haddassah Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel.     

Levy, E. S., Hsu, S.,  Liria, L., Moya-Gale, G. Erikson, A. M., Rooney, A. Ramig, L. O., & Camarata, S. M. (2012). The effects of two speech interventions on functional intelligibility in pediatric dysarthria. Motor Speech Conference, Santa Rosa, CA.    

Leone, D., Hsu., S-C., Baigorri, M., Moya-Gale, G., & Levy, E. S. (2011). Children's perception of clear-speech vowels. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129, 2625.  

 Levy, E. S. (2011). What every Tompkins Hall parent should know about bilingualism. Tompkins Hall Nursery School, New York, NY.   

Levy, E. S. (2010). The effects of speech-style changes on intelligibility. New York University, Program in Speech and Language Pathology, New York, NY.

Levy, E. S. (2010). What's "gadoota" got to do with it? A Strange journey to the perception of second-language dysarthric speech. A Symposium on Speech Perception Honoring the Contributions of Winifred Strange, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY.   

Levy, E. S., Garcia, P., Leone, D., & Lew, J. (2010). American English adults' perception of Spanish-accented conversational and clear speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 127, 1906.
   

Levy, E. S., Leone, D., Garcia, P., & Baigorri, M.. (2010). American English children's perception of Spanish-accented conversational and clear speech. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention, Philadelphia.    

Levy, E. S., Castelluccio de Diesbach, & Goral, M. (2009). Perceived change in accent after a stroke. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention, New Orleans.
 
    

Levy, E. S. (2009). When student clinicians have "accents"-what the research tells us. Meeting of the Metropolitan Council of Clinic Directors' on multicultural/linguistic issues in supervision . New York, NY. 
 

Levy, E. S. & Law II, F. (2009). Perception-production relationship in French vowel learning in adulthood. Acoustical Society of American Meeting. Portland, OR.Martnez, N., Posadas, D., & Levy, E. S. (2008). Effects of clinicians' language background on phonological evaluation of children. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention. Chicago, IL. 
 

Levy, E. S. & Law II, F. (2008). Production of Parisian French front rounded vowels by second-language learners. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 119, 3424. 

Levy, E. S., Crowley, C., Wagner, E., Downey, S., Kastl, R., Pleshivoy, Y., Rosenthal, D., Tancredi, D., & Yukov, M. (2007). SLP students with accents: University Clinics' Policies & Practices. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention. Boston, MA. 

Kastl, R., Goral, M., & Levy, E. S. (2007). Using internet technology for long-distance language therapy in aphasia. American Speech Language and Hearing Annual Convention. Boston, MA.  

Levy, E. S. (2006). Consonantal context and experience effects on American L2-learners' perception of French vowels. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 119, 3424. 

Strange, W., Levy, E. S., & Lehnhoff Jr., R. (2004). Perceptual assimilation of French and German vowels by American English listeners: Acoustic similarity does not predict perceptual similarity. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 115, 2606. 

Levy, E. S. & Strange, W. (2002). Effects of consonantal context on perception of French rounded vowels by American English adults with and without French language experience. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 111, 2361-2362. 

Strange, W., Weber, A., Levy, E. S., Shafiro, V. & Nishi, K. (2002). Within- and across-language acoustic variability of vowels spoken in different phonetic and prosodic contexts: American English, Northern German, and Parisian French. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 112, 2384. 

Levy, E. S., Goral, M., & Obler, L. K. (1999). Neurolinguistic perspectives on mother tongue: Evidence from aphasia and brain imaging.  Les cahiers Charles V, 27, 141-157.  


Levy, E. S. (1997). Stress, identity, and change in German surface forms: An OT analysis of apparent exceptions to devoicing. Proceedings of the International Linguistics Association Conference, 21. Washington, D.C: Georgetown University.

publications

Peer-reviewed papers (published and accepted for publication)

Levy, E. S., Ramig, L. O., & Camarata, S., M. (in press). The effects of two speech interventions on speech function in pediatric dysarthria. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology.

Altman, C., Goral, M., & Levy, E. S. (2012). Integrated narrative analysis in multilingual aphasia: The relationship among narrative structure, grammaticality and fluency. Aphasiology, 26, 1029-1052. DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2012.686103

Levy, E. S., & Crowley, C. J. (2012). Beliefs regarding the impact of accent within speech-language pathology practice areas. Communication Disorders Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1525740112446851

Shafiro, V. S., Levy, E. S., Khamis-Dakwar, R., & Kharkhurin. A. (2012). Perceptual confusions of American English vowels and consonants by native English and native Arabic bilingualsLanguage and Speech. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0023830912442925

Neumann-Werth, Y., Levy, E. S., & Obler, L. K. (2012). Hemispheric processing of vocal emblem sounds. Neurocase. doi: 10.1080/13554794.2012.667122

Deal-Williams, V., Crowley, C., Levy, E. S., & Mahendra, N. (in press). The clinical education of students with non-native accents. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association [Professional Issues Statement].
 
Levy, E. S., Goral, M., Castelluccio de Diesbach, C., & Law II, F. F. (2011). Stronger accent following a stroke-the case of a trilingual with aphasia. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 1-16. Advance online publication.doi: 10.3109/02699206.2011.570408
 
Levy, E. S. & Crowley, C. J. (2011). Policies and practices regarding students with accents in speech-language pathology training programs. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 1-10. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1525740111409567  
 
Levy, E. S. & Law II, F. F. (2010). Production of French vowels by American-English learners of French: Language experience, consonantal context, and the perception-production relationship. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 128, 1290-1305.
 
Goral, M., Levy, E. S., & Kastl, R. (2010). Cross-language treatment generalization: A case of trilingual aphasia. Aphasiology, 24, 170-187.
 
Levy, E. S. (2009a). On the assimilation-discrimination relationship in American English adults' French vowel learning. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 126, 2670-2682.
 
Strange, W., Levy, E. S., & Law II, F. F. (2009). Cross-language categorization of French and German vowels by nave American listeners. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 126, 1461-1476.
 
Levy, E. S. (2009b). Language experience and consonantal context effects on perceptual assimilation of French vowels by American-English learners of French. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 125, 1138-1152.
 
Levy, E. S. & Strange, W. (2008). Perception of French vowels by American English adults with and without French language experience. Journal of Phonetics, 36, 141-157.
 
Strange, W., Weber, A., Levy, E. S., Shafiro, V., Hisagi, M., & Nishi, K. (2007). Acoustic variability within and across German, French, and American English vowels: Phonetic context effects. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 122, 1111-1129. 
 
Goral, M.., Levy, E. S., Obler, L. K., & Cohen, E(2006). Cross-language lexical connections in the mental lexicon: Evidence from a case of trilingual aphasia. Brain and Language, 98, 235-247.
 
Goral, M., Levy, E. S., & Obler, L. K. (2002). Neurolinguistic aspects of bilingualism. International Journal of Bilingualism, 6, 351-380.
 
 
Books
 
Levy, E. S. (2007). Baby's First Words (in French). Republished as Baby's First Words ( in Spanish), Baby's First Words (in Italian), and Baby's First Words (in Chinese): Series of 4 books and CDs. NY: Living Language, Random House. (Original version published as Baby's First Steps, 2001).
 
 
Book chapter

Levy, E. S., Goral, M., & Obler, L. K. (2006). Doghouse/chien maison/niche: Compounds in bilinguals. In G. Libben and Jarema, G. (Eds.), The Representation and Processing of Compound Words (pp.124-144). NY: Oxford University Press.

Centers and Projects

Speech Production & Perception Lab
Website: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/centers/spplab

Research

Research in the Speech Production and Perception Laboratory examines speech performance in children and adults in English, French, Mandarin, and Spanish, with special emphasis on the motor speech disorder of dysarthria. Under the direction of Erika S. Levy, Ph.D., Associate Professor and trilingual speech-language pathologist, this lab is affiliated with the Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Goals

The goals of our research are to better understand patterns of speech production and perception in individuals with various language backgrounds and to develop remediation strategies, when needed, for increasing their intelligibility.

We aim to recreate natural speech patterns as much as possible within the laboratory setting. A theme of this research has been the investigation of utterances in continuous speech, in which neighboring vowels and consonants affect each other’s pronunciation, as opposed to examining speech sounds in isolation. Our work informs educational and therapeutic approaches to speech learning and disorders in multilingual populations.

Current Projects

1. Effects of Speech Systems Intelligibility Treatment (SSIT) (Levy, 2014) on intelligibility in children with spastic dysarthria due to cerebral palsy. We perform intensive, state-of-the-art speech treatment in a fun, camp-like environment for 3 weeks over the summer as part of a randomized controlled trial.

2. Effects of speech treatment (ARTIC Treatment and Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD [Ramig et al., 2001]) on intelligibility in American-English speaking adults with hypokinetic dysarthria due to Parkinson’s disease.

3. Effects of LSVT-LOUD (Ramig et al., 2001) on speech intelligibility and speech function in Mandarin-speaking adults with hypokinetic dysarthria due to Parkinson’s disease.

4. Effects of two intensive interventions, Respiratory and LSVT-LOUD (Ramig et al., 2001), on the acoustics and intelligibility of Spanish hypokinetic dysarthria due to Parkinson’s disease.

5. Examination of patterns with which early and late Spanish-English bilingual adults assimilate American English vowels into their native vowel inventory and the accuracy with which they discriminate and identify the vowels.



Erika Levy appeared in the following articles:

Raising Bilingual Children (10/16/2013 5:58:00 PM)

TC's Erika Levy Speaks on Today Show About Benefits of Bilingualism (10/16/2013)

In honor and In memory (4/6/2010)

New Faces (9/7/2005)