Carnegie Mellon University

Seth Wiener

Seth Wiener

Associate Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Chinese Studies

Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
Baker Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


My research program involves experimental investigations of spoken languages. Specifically, I address four areas that are central to understanding the nature of the cognitive processes and representations that enable listeners to understand language and recognize spoken words.

(1) Speech perception – what information is extracted from the speech signal? And how do linguistic experiences affect this process?

(2) Lexical representation – what information about a word is stored in memory? And how is this information stored?

(3) Lexical access – how is this stored information retrieved and used during word recognition?

(4) Second language acquisition – how and to what extent do these processes differ between native and non-native speakers?


Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2015

Selected Publications

Wiener, S. (In press). Second language learners develop non-native lexical processing biases. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

Wiener, S. & Goss, S. (In press). Second and third language learners’ sensitivity to Japanese pitch accent is additive: An information-based model of pitch perception. Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

Wiener, S., Lee, C.-Y., & Liang, T. (2019). Statistical regularities affect the perception of second-language speech: Evidence from adult classroom learners of Mandarin Chinese. Language Learning, 69(3), 527–558.

Wiener, S., Ito, K., & Speer, S. R. (2018). Early L2 spoken word recognition combines input-based and knowledge- based processing. Language and Speech, 61(4), 632–656.


Introduction to Linguistic Data Analysis Using R
Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Linguistics
East Asian Psycholinguistics
Second Language Speech
Research Training: Modern Languages
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Chinese II

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