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Public Relations:Lee Ann Cox (802)656-1107
Specialty:dialects and child learning of dialects; linguistics and child language; Vermont dialect
Biography:Roberts, who teaches courses in linguistics, conducts research in dialects and speech patterns of children and adults. She conducted a three-year study funded by the National Science Foundation to study how the Vermont dialect ebbs and flows throughout the life span of residents of rural Swanton, Vt. The study builds on Roberts' earlier, smaller-scale projects and surveys of the Vermont dialect and specific sounds in Vermont speech. Roberts also conducts research with children with specific expressive language impairment and serves as a clinical supervisor at the E.M. Luse Center. Articles on her research have appeared in the Burlington Free Press, Rutland Herald and Boston Globe. In addition Roberts has published articles in the Journal of Child Language and Language Variation and Change, among other periodicals.