Luke Annear

I’m currently a PhD student in the Language Sciences program at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
I study how children acquire speech sounds when they are learning language. In particular I’m interested in how humans create mental categories for sounds, how children acquire speech sounds, and how those mental categories influence how we say things. To this end, my work intersects the fields of communication sciences and disorders and linguistics, specifically areas of speech sound acquisition, phonology, phonetics, and sensorimotor control of speech.
In the past I’ve also done work in the field of Tolkien studies, which you’ll see reflected in prior publications. If you’re wondering where all of the carp fishing information has gone, please visit