Margarethe McDonald

PhD student, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Faculty advisor: Margarita Kaushanskaya

Margarethe McDonaldMargarethe is a PhD student in Communication Sciences and Disorders studying child language development. She focuses on the effect of native and non-native accents on child production and perception of a second language.

“Bilingualism is becoming more common in the U.S., and is already the norm in many other countries,” Margarethe explains. “This research will help educators and parents understand what effects a diverse language environment is having on their children’s language development.”

She is conducting a project in South Korea, with support from a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant for the 2018-19 academic year. Being able to travel has allowed Margarethe to expand the population that was the subject of her research more broadly than she could have in Madison. She will be able to draw comparisons between bilinguals in the U.S. and bilinguals abroad. She was able to use the skills she has developed at UW–Madison in a new place and on different types of data.

In the course of her research, she has also received two separate Student Research Travel Grants from the Graduate School for conference presentation, one allowing her to travel to South Korea to give a talk at the Seoul International Speech Science Conference.