Dr. John Archibald

Dr. John Archibald
Professor, Graduate Advisor
Office: Clearihue D365
Area of expertise

Second language phonology

John Archibald has been a Professor in the Department of Linguistics since 2010. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities from 2010-2015.  His area of research specialization is second language speech, where he has focused on the role of phonological theory in explaining the properties of second language sound systems. He has probed the acquisition of new features, segments, syllable structure, and stress. Broadly viewed, his research addresses both Plato's Problem (how we come to know what we know based on impoverished input) and Orwell's Problem (how we remain resistant to certain knowledge in the presence of abundant input); both of these constructs are central to understanding L2 speech.

Prior to coming to Victoria, he was Head of the Department of Linguistics and Director of the Language Research Centre at the University of Calgary. His role at the LRC saw him involved with many government policy studies, as well as much outreach work with bilingual schools (teachers, students, parents, psychologists) about aspects of bilingual education. He was the writer of a video on the benefits of bilingualism which was distributed to every school in Alberta. He is a former President of the Canadian Linguistic Association, and has been on adjudication committees for SSHRC and NSF. He has received research grants from SSHRC and from CFI. He is co-editor, with William O'Grady, of Contemporary Linguistic Analysis, and he still enjoys teaching introductory linguistics.

He has been privileged to work with many fine graduate students over the years who have helped to explore the fascinating properties of L2 speech. He looks forward to working with many more.

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John Archibald's Faces of UVic Research video

Selected Works

• Archibald, J. (under contract). Second Language Phonology at the Interfaces: the Epistemology of Representational Realism. Oxford University Press.

• Archibald, J. (forthcoming). A unified model of mono- and bilingual intelligibility: Psycholinguistics meets pedagogy. Invited paper in inaugural issue of Journal of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech.

• Stefanich, S.,, J. Cabrelli Amaro, D. Hilderman & J. Archibald (accepted). The Morphophonology of intraword codeswitching: Representation & processing. Frontiers in Communication: Language Sciences.

• Grenon, I., C. Sheppard, J. Archibald (forthcoming). Learning to perceive a non-native vowel contrast without listening: A first report. International Conference on Phonetic Sciences. August. Melbourne.

• Wee, D., I. Grenon, C. Sheppard, J. Archibald (forthcoming). Identification and discrimination training yield comparable results for contrasting vowels. International Conference on Phonetic Sciences. August. Melbourne.

• Law, L., I. Grenon, C. Sheppard, J. Archibald (forthcoming). Which is better: Identification training or discrimination training for the acquisition of an English coda contrast? International Conference on Phonetic Sciences. August. Melbourne.

• Archibald, J. (forthcoming). Assessing Linguistic I-proximity in L3 Phonology. Paper at the Konstanz L3 Workshop. June.

• Archibald, J. (2019). Multiple exponence in L2 German plural allomorphy: feature dependency and the poverty of the stimulus. GASLA Nevada. March 2019.

• Archibald, J. & G. Libben (2019). Morphological theory and second language acquisition. In F. Masini & J. Audring, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Morphological Theory. Oxford University Press.

• Archibald, J. (2018). Intelligibility and Comprehensibility in Real Time: the neuro- and psycholinguistics of L2 spoken word recognition. Poster at Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference. Iowa State University. September, 2018.

• Grenon, I., C. Sheppard & J. Archibald (2018). Discrimination training for learning sound contrasts. 2nd International Symposium on Applied Phonetics. Aizu, Japan. September.

• Archibald, J. (2018). Advanced level phonology. In P. Malovrh & A. Benati, eds. The Blackwell Handbook of Advanced Proficiency in Second Language Acquisition.

• Grenon, I., C. Sheppard, and J. Archibald. (2018). The Effect of Discrimination Training on Japanese Listeners’ Perception of the English Vowels as in ‘ship’ and ‘sheep’. Japanese Second Language Acquisition conference. June.

• Archibald, J. & M. Yousefi (2018). The redeployment of marked L1 Persian codas in the acquisition of marked L2 English onsets: Redeployment as a transition theory. Paper presented at ConCALL 3. University of Indiana. March.

• Archibald, J. (2017). Second language phonology at the interfaces: Phonetics, morphology and syntax. Plenary speaker at the International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech. Crete.

• Archibald, J. (2017). Second language processing and linguistic theory. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Mark Aronoff, General Editor. Oxford University Press.

• Archibald,J. (2017). Phonological but not Syntactic Contiguity in L2 Japanese WH Questions. Poster at GASLA 2017. Southampton, England.

• Archibald, J. & M. Yousefi (2017). The Redeployment of Persian Coda Structure in the Acquisition of English sC Onset Clusters: Production/Perception Asymmetries in Illusory Vowels. Poster at GASLA 2017. Southampton, England.

• Yousefi, M. & J. Archibald (2017). Plato’s Problem, Orwell’s Problem, and Escher’s Problem: What Production/Perception Asymmetries in Persian Learners of English Syllable Onsets Reveal about the Epistemology of Representational Realism. UVic Dept of Linguistics colloquium. March.

• Archibald, J. (2017). Transfer, contrastive analysis and interlanguage phonology. In O. Kang, R. Thomson, & J. Murphy, eds. The Routledge Handbook of English Pronunciation.

• Archibald, J. (2016). Phonology at the Interface: Late Insertion & Spell Out in L2 Morphophonology. Paper presented at New Sounds 2016, Aarhus, Denmark. June.

• Archibald, J. (2016). Phonetic Compression of Minor Phonological Phrases as a Licensor of WH in situ in L2 Japanese: Contiguity Theory in SLA. Poster presented at the Canadian Linguistic Association 2016, Calgary, May. Poster.

• Archibald, J. (2016). Perceptual illusions and communication strategies: L2 syllable codas and redeployment. SFU Mini-Conference on Pronunciation.

• O’Grady, W. & J. Archibald, eds. (2016). Contemporary Linguistic Analysis, 8th edition. Pearson Education.

•Archibald, J. (2015). The cognitive neuroscience of interlingual homographs and homophones. Poster at The Science of Words. University of Victoria. October.

• Archibald, J. (2013). Plenary speaker at New Sounds conference at Concordia in Montreal. Reverse Engineering the L1 Filter: Bagging the Elusive Construct of Intake Frequency.

• Archibald, J. (2012). The acquisition of L2 laryngeal features: the processing of robust transitional cues. Poster at the University of York Workshop on Second Language Phonology. July.

• Archibald, J. (2010). Overriding the L1 filter. Keynote speakers at the GALANA (Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America) conference. Toronto, November.

• O’Brien, M., C. Shea & J. Archibald, eds. (2007). Proceedings of the 8thGASLA Conference. Cascadilla Press.

• Archibald, J., ed. (2000). Second Language Acquisition and Linguistic Theory. Blackwell.

• Archibald, J. (1998). Second Language Phonology. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

• Archibald, J., ed. (1995). Phonological Acquisition and Phonological Theory. Hillsdale, N.J.:Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

• Archibald, J. & G. Libben (1995). Research Perspectives on Second Language Acquisition.Copp Clark.

• Archibald, J. (1993). Language Learnability and L2 Phonology: The Acquisition of Metrical Parameters. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Graduate Supervision

In Progress

Amjad Alhemaid. The perception and production of initial/sC/clusters by Saudi second languge learners of English. Ph.D. Candidacy paper.

Marziyeh Yousefi. Perception and production of sC onset clusters in Persian speakers of English. Ph.D. Candidacy paper.


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