Sarah Bakst

Speech scientist focusing on role of auditory system in speech production and self-perception




I am currently a linguist at SRI International. Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Waisman Center at UW–Madison, working under Dr. Caroline Niziolek in the Brain, Language, and Acoustic Behavior (BLAB) lab. I also worked with the Binaural Hearing and Speech Lab (BHSL), directed by Dr. Ruth Litovsky. I still collaborate with both labs.

My research with both labs concerned the role of auditory feedback in speech production in people learning a second language (including a magnetoencephalography component, pictured) and in people who use cochlear implants.

Academic CV (may not be up to date) [pdf 181 KB]

About me

In 2011 I graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in Linguistics and a secondary field (minor) in Classics. While there I focused mainly on phonology and historical linguistics; my honors thesis gave a phonological account of Ancient Greek pitch accent in clitic groups. I spent the following year studying phonetics at the University of Cambridge and graduated in 2012 with an M.Phil. in Linguistics. In my thesis I used static palatography to revisit an observation by Ladefoged & Bhaskararao (1983) regarding the difference in the articulation of retroflex consonants in Indic and Dravidian languages. In 2017 I completed my Ph.D. in Linguistics at UC Berkeley, where I was advised by Keith Johnson, Susan Lin, and John Houde (UCSF). My graduate work in phonetics studied individual differences in speech production and perception in typical (and typically college-aged) adults.

मुझे हिन्दी आती है । எனக்கு கொஞ்சம் தமிழ் தெரியும், e parlo italiano!

(I speak Hindi, some Tamil, and Italian!)

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