Suzanne Carla Franks

 Suzanne Franks

Contact Information

Office Hours

  • M 1:00-2:00, W 11:00-12:00 or by appointment
Teaching Assistant Professor
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Research Interests

  • Second Language Acquisition, Phonetics, Phonology, Pronunciation teaching, Portuguese as a Foreign Language, English as a Second Language

Research Description

My research interests lie within several branches of applied linguistics: second language acquisition, phonetics, phonology, and language teaching methods. I am particularly interested in how phonetics and phonology can inform the teaching of second language pronunciation. One example of the interface between linguistics and language pedagogy involves analyzing the relationship between fluency and measurable phenomena, such as speech rate, pausing, and word boundary features.


  • PhD (2014), Linguistics, University of Georgia
  • MA (1991), TESL, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Franks, Suzanne, and Rommel Barbosa The importance of word-final vowel duration for non-native Portuguese speaker identification by means of Support Vector Machines Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada 14 3 2014, p. 687-712. Article.