Ph.D., University of Oregon
212-B Allen Hall
Irina Shport is an Assistant Professor in English, affiliated with the Interdepartmental Linguistics Program and the Hispanic Studies Program. In her research, Dr. Shport uses experimental methods, including acoustic analyses of recorded words and utterances; perceptual experiments with auditory, categorical, and sociolinguistic judgments; and field work. These methods are useful for gaining insights in speech perception and production, social factors influencing language variation, and factors influencing language learning. Dr. Shport also directs the Language Learning & Teaching Lab which is housed in the Department of English. She welcomes students to use the lab facilities to work on their own projects (facilitated via LSU Discover grants, the ASPIRE program, the McNair Program, and independent studies) or on collaborative projects. Dr. Shport enjoys teaching an array of courses, including communication-intensive courses, a service-learning course in a partnership with EBR schools, courses on linguistics and the English language. She also has extensive experience teaching English, Russian, and Japanese languages in the U.S. and abroad. Her current languages of interest are Vietnamese, Latinx Spanish, Southern U.S. English, and Cajun English which are spoken in Louisiana.
Area(s) of Interest
Linguistics - the structure, interpretation, and acquisition of sound patterns; speech prosody; word learning; bilingualism; social factors in language variation English Education - the structure of English language; pronunciation and grammar; history; TESL Southern Studies - Southern U.S. English; languages of Louisiana Foreign Languages - the structure of Japanese and Russian languages; teaching foreign languages Cultural Studies - language diversity, language in society