Speech Pathology

Adult Language Research Laboratory

The adult Language Research Lab is led by Dr. McLoddy Kadyamusuma. The main research interests pursued in the lab include language assessment and processing in healthy and neurologically impaired individuals (Aphasia and Alzheimer's Dementia Patients). The main subgroups under investigation at the present moment are Shona, Zulu, Ndebele, and English speakers. In the Lab we also focus on how lexical tones are processed by native and non-native speakers (Shona, Thai, Mandarin Chinese and Zulu/Ndebele).

Some of the ongoing research projects include:

Multilingual aphasia assessment project (Shona-English).

This project seeks to adapt and create a linguistically and culturally appropriate clinical assessment test for assessing the language of Shona-English and Ndebele-English adult bilingual aphasic speakers after brain damaged resulting in the disruption of language.

The effect of Linguistic Experience on the processing of lexical tones (Shona, Thai, Zulu, English and Spanish).

This project examines how experience with tone language (e.g., Shona, Thai, Mandarin Chinese) and pitch variations at the sentence level (as in English) influence the perception of typologically different tonal languages (e.g., Thai speakers listening to Shona or vice versa).

If you are interested in participating in any of these exciting projects or would like to get more information on any of the projects we are currently working on, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Kadyamusuma at Kadyamusuma@fredonia.edu.

Publications:

Kadyamusuma, M.R., Higby, E., Obler, L. (2019). The Neurolinguistics of Multilingualism.  In D. Singleton & L. Aronin (eds). Twelve Lectures on Multilingualism. Multilingualism Matters.

Kadyamusuma, M.R. (2016).  Transfer of Treatment in Multilingual Individuals after Brain Damage.  The Communicator, 46 (1), 17-20.

Kadyamusuma, M.R. (2016).  Limitations to Practicing as a Bilingual Speech-Language-Pathologist in the United States.  Journal of Speech & Therapy, 1(2).

Kadyamusuma, M.R., & Kadenge, M. (2013). Homograph processing in Shona: A preliminary report. Per Linguam. 29 (2): 85-94.

Kadyamusuma, M. R. (2012) Effect of linguistic experience on the discrimination of Shona lexical tone. Journal of South African Linguistics & Applied Language Studies, 30:4. 469-485.

Kadyamusuma, M.R., De Bleser., R & Mayer, J. (2011). Perceptual discrimination of Shona lexical tones and low-pass filtered speech by left and right hemisphere damaged patients, Aphasiolgoy, 25:5, 576-592.

Kadyamusuma, M.R., De Bleser, R., & Mayer, J. (2011). Lexical tone disruption in Shona after brain damage. Aphasiology, 25:10, 1239-1260.

Kadyamusuma, M.R. (2011). Shona Lexical tone processing. The Effect of brain damage and linguistic experience on production and perception. Dissertation. VDM Verlag Dr Mueller Saarbruecken, Germany.

Kadyamusuma, M.R., De Blesser, R., & Mayer, J. & Vasishth, S. (2009). Production and perception of Shona lexical tones in left and right hemisphere damaged patients. Proceedings of the Second Clinical linguistics conference (pp. 474-480). In Marrero, V., & Pineda, I. (Eds.) 11-13 November. Madrid, Spain.

 

Student Research Conference Presentations:

Arnold, R., & Kadyamusuma, M.R. (2018). Recovery After Childhood Aphasia. 19th Annual Student Research & Creativity Exposition, 26 April. SUNY at Fredonia.

Arnold, R., & Kadyamusuma, M.R., (2018). Recovery After Childhood Aphasia. SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, Monroe Community College, 21 April, 2018.

Heaton, M., & Kadyamusuma, M.R. (2018). Dementia Through an Increasingly Positive Lens. 19th Annual Student Research & Creativity Exposition, 26 April . SUNY Fredonia.

Heaton, M., & Kadyamusuma, M.R. (2018). Dementia Through an Increasingly Positive Lens. SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, Monroe Community College, 21 April, 2018.

Rodriguez, A., & Kadyamusuma, M.R. (2018). Stuttering in Spanish-English Bilinguals. SUNY 19th Annual Student Research & Creativity Exposition, 26 April. SUNY at Fredonia.

Rodriguez, A., & Kadyamusuma, M.R. (2018). Stuttering in Spanish-English Bilinguals. SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, Monroe Community College, 21 April, 2018.

Bell, C., & Kadyamusuma, M.R. (2017). Language Recovery Patterns in Multilingual Speakers afer Brain Damage. 19th Annual Student Research & Creativity Exposition, 27 April. SUNY at Fredonia

Klimek, M., & Kadyamusuma, M.R. (2017). Alzheimer's Dementia, SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, 22 April. SUNY at Fredonia.

Barbarossa, B., & Kadyamusuma, M. R. (2017). Dysphagia in Parkinson's disease. SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, 22 April. SUNY at Fredonia.

Bliek, H., & Kadyamusuma (2016). Speaker Identification: The Right Anterior Temporal Lobe Acquired Recognition Disorders. 18th Annual Student Research & Creativity Exposition, 28 April. SUNY at Fredonia.

Victoria Levy, V., & Kadyamusuma, M. (2016). The effect of linguistic experience and musical training on tone perception. 18th Annual Student Research & Creativity Exposition, 28 April. SUNY at Fredonia.

Bliek, H., & Kadyamusuma (2016). Speaker Identification: The Right Anterior Temporal Lobe Acquired Recognition Disorders. SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, 15 April. SUNY Cobleskill.

Victoria Levy, V., & Kadyamusuma, M. (2016). The effect of linguistic experience and musical training on tone perception. SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, 15 April. SUNY Cobleskill.

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