Marta Ortega-Llebaria

Assistant Professor, Hispanic Linguistics


2830 Cathedral of Learning


  • PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Post-Doc, University College London

Selected Publications

Wu, Z. and Ortega-Llebaria, M. (2017). Pitch shape modulates the time course of tone vs. pitch accent processing in Mandarin Chinese. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 141 (3), pp. 2263-2276. Article

Ortega-Llebaria, M., Nemoga, M., Presson, N. (2015). Long-term experience with a tonal language shapes the perception of intonation in English words: How Chinese-English bilinguals perceive ‘Rose?’ vs. ‘Rose’.  Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, pp.1-17. Article

Ortega-Llebaria, M. and Bosch, L. (2015). “Cues to dialectal discrimination in early infancy: A look at prosodic, rhythmic and segmental properties”. In Joaquin Romero and Maria Riera (Eds.),The Phonetics-Phonology Interface: Representations and Methodologies.John Benjamins: Amsterdam/Philadelphia, pp. 55-70.Article

Ortega-Llebaria, M. and Colantoni, L. (2014). “The L2 acquisition of English intonation: form-meaning associations and maintenance of auditory resolution to acoustic cues.”  Studies in Second Language Acquisition 36 (2), pp. 331-353. Abstract

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. Abstract

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. Abstract

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. Abstract

Areas of Specialization

Sound and Hispanic Linguistics. Intonation, rhythm and tone; acquisition of L1 and L2 prosody; cross language speech perception and production via laboratory phonology and psycholinguistic methods.