Jessamyn Schertz

Jessamyn Schertz

Associate Professor, Linguistics
Language Studies

Graduate Appointment: Graduate Linguistics Program, Graduate Psychology Program

Jessamyn Schertz’s research focuses on speech perception, production, and the link between the two. Much of her work examines how listeners integrate different sources of information during speech perception, and how this is shaped by linguistic, cognitive, and social factors.

Current Courses

Fall/Winter 2024-25:

  • LIN228 (Phonetics)
  • LIN328 (Acoustic Phonetics)
  • JLP384 (Speech Communication)


  • PhD, Linguistics, University of Arizona 
  • MS, Human Language Technology, University of Arizona 
  • BA, Classical Languages, Carleton College

Areas of Teaching and Research Interests 

  • Phonetics 
  • Speech perception 
  • Psycholinguistics 

Selected Publications


  • Schertz, J., Adil, F., & Kravchuk, A. (2023). Underpinnings of explicit phonetic imitation: perception, production, and variability. Glossa Psycholinguistics, 2(1).
  • Schertz, J., & Clare, E. J. (2020). Phonetic cue weighting in perception and production. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 11(2), e1521.
  • Schertz, J., & Khan, S. (2020). Acoustic cues in production and perception of the four-way stop laryngeal contrast in Hindi and Urdu. Journal of Phonetics, 81, 100979.
  • Schertz, J., Kang, Y., & Han, S. (2019). Sources of variability in phonetic perception: The joint influence of listener and talker characteristics on perception of the Korean stop contrast. Laboratory Phonology, 10(1).
  • Schertz, J., Cho, T., Lotto, A., & Warner, N. (2016). Individual differences in perceptual adaptability of foreign sound categories. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78, 355–367.
  • Schertz, J. (2013). Exaggeration of featural contrasts in clarifications of misheard speech in English. Journal of Phonetics, 41(3–4), 249–263.

Selected Grants, Fellowships and Awards

  • NSERC Discovery Grant, Principal Investigator, 2020–2025, Examining the perception-production link in speech processing through the lens of accent imitation  
  • University of Toronto Mississauga Research and Scholarly Activity Fund, Principal Investigator, 2021, AccentCorpus: a shared resource for the study of linguistic diversity and the perception of accented speech
  • UTM Decanal Graduate Expansion Fund Award, Co-investigator, 2019, Interdisciplinary Graduate Workshop: Building Synergies between Psychology, Language Studies, and Computer Science at UTM and beyond
  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Principal Investigator, 2017–2020, Shifting perception: How listeners adapt to a multi-accented world
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, Co-investigator, 2013, Structure and Plasticity of Bilingual Sound Systems


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