Language and Speech Laboratory

Mª Luisa García Lecumberri

María Luisa García Lecumberri is Professor of Phonetics at the University of the Basque Country (Spain). She obtained an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Phonetics at University College London.

Her work  is carried out within funded research projects such as Sound to Sense (, LISTA  (,  INSPIRE  (Investigating Speech Processing in Realistic Environments and DIACEX (Dissecting Foreign Accent).

She is co-editor of Age and the Acquisition of English as a Foreign Language (Multilingual Matters), author of English Transcription Course (Edward Arnold) and guest editor for a special issue of Speech Communication on "Non-native speech perception: imperfect knowledge, imperfect signal".

Her teaching includes undergraduate courses in English Phonetics and Phonology, Masters courses in the Postgrado de Estudios Fónicos ( at the CSIC, Madrid and in the Masters in Language Acquisition in Multilingual Settings (LAMS; at the UPV.

Research Interests

Acquisition of L2 speech Speech perception Speech in adverse conditions Foreign accents L2 speech training Cross-language influences on speech.