The research offered here was carried out at the UAB Biocommunication Research
Laboratory and at other sites around the world, under the auspices of grants from the
National Institutes of Health while I was a Professor in Speech and Hearing
Sciences at UAB.
Many people contributed to the work and so it is only fair that it remain accessible to
those currently working in the field of bilingual and L2 speech. To download PDF
versions of our published research, both journal articles dealing with specific topics
as well as review chapters dealing with our theoretical model, the Speech Learning
model (SLM), click on "Research"
Jim Flege's home page
|Photos: Churches and
Tuscania; an intact stretch
of the ancient Via Cassia
I've devoted most of my time in the last two years to development of the Travel
Learning Network. This project grew out of my longstanding interest in what is
called "successful aging" in the gerontological literature. The TLN will be formally
What I'm doing now
Dear visitor, welcome to my site!
launched next year. It is an innovative vacation study program
that will provide high quality classes and meaningful
inter-cultural experiences in Europe to North Americans aged
55+. It has been dubbed "slow educational travel" because
participants will stay put in one place -- a small town on the
shores of the Mediterranean in Italy, Spain, France or Greece --
for two weeks rather than travelling constantly about as is
typical for traditional tours. Click the icon at left to learn more.
I moved to Italy in 2006 after retiring from a research career at the University of
Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). However, I remain interested in developments in the
field of L2 acquisition research, especially research focusing on phonetic aspects of
L2 learning and bilingualism. This research area is rapidly expanding in terms of
number of researchers and the quality of research being conducted. This site
provides a way for me to maintain contact with former colleagues and students and
to meet young researchers who have entered the field since 2006.
This site is dedicated to all students of second language (L2) acquisition, no matter
what their age or career status, especially those working at the "phonetic" end of the
phonetics-phonology continuum. The site's primary aim is to disseminate research
findings that were obtained in my lab at UAB. Here you will find published research
dealing with the phonetic and phonological underpinnings of bilingualism and
second language (L2) acquisition. A small amount of work deals with the lexion and
Below: A Youtube video entitled "Walk along the ancient Via Cassia"
(a section is located near our home in Tuscania)
Second language | phonetics & phonology | L2 speech learning