Charles Chang

Assistant Professor of Linguistics (starting in July 2015)

Charles Chang

BA, Harvard University
MPhil (distinction), University of Cambridge (UK)
MA and PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Chang has held appointments at the University of Maryland and Rice University. He is spending AY 2014-15 at SOAS, University of London. He has taught courses in general linguistics and worked on a series of independent and collaborative research projects on cross-linguistic speech perception, language identification, language documentation, language learning aptitude, and instructed foreign language learning.

Prof. Chang's research interests are in phonetics, phonology, language acquisition, and language attrition. Specific areas of focus include the early stages of second language phonological acquisition; interactions between the native and target languages in the bilingual mind; bases of cross-linguistic phonological similarity; language transfer; heritage language phonology; and contact-induced sound change. His work has appeared in journals such as Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and Journal of Phonetics. Links to publications can be found on his website at

At BU, Prof. Chang will teach courses related to language acquisition and linguistic theory, beginning in September of 2015.