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Nassima Abdelli-Beruh

Nassima Abdelli-Beruh

Assistant Professor of Speech Sciences

D.E.U.G., University of Paris X - FranceM.A., University of Paris X - FrancePh.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY


Dr. Nassima Abdelli-Beruh is a speech scientist with a background in experimental and cognitive psychology. She has earned a Ph.D. in speech and hearing sciences from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She acquired a comprehensive background in psychology and neurophysiology at the University of Paris-X and Paris VI in France.

She was an assistant professor at NYU for four years before joining the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at the C.W. Post Campus in September 2006. Since earning her Ph.D. in 2002, she has developed three research tracks: the first focuses on the production of the voicing contrast by Parisian French; the second is centered on the acoustic underpinnings of the rule of regressive voicing assimilation in French stops, with the aim to explore the phonology-phonetic interface; and the third explores the relationship between language and speech through a series of studies on the acoustic cues to the production and perception of idioms in Parisian French and American English.

The recipient of monetary grants for the 2006-2007 and 2008-2009 academic years from the C.W. Post Campus, she has taught a wide range of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Research Methods; Speech Sciences, Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms; Introduction to Psychology; and Cognitive Psychology. In Spring 2005, she was nominated for an NYU Teaching Excellence Award and the Graduate Student Organization Award.


Speech Production (acoustic measures) and Speech Perception Patterns of Voicing Contrasts in Monolingual Speakers of French and English and Late Second-language Learners, Acoustic Correlates of Regressive Voicing Assimilation in Monolinguals and Second-language Learners (its acquisition and its attrition), Cross-linguistic Studies of Idioms (production and perception)


  • Author, “Voicing Assimilation of French /t/.” Journal of Phonetics. 40, 521-534. (2012).
  • Author, N-B. Voicing and Devoicing Assimilation of French /s/ and /z/. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. 41(5), 371-386. (2011).
  • Co-author, Wolk, L., Abdelli-Beruh, N-B., & Slavin, D. (2011). Habitual Use of Vocal Fry in Young Adult Standard American English Speakers, Journal of Voice. 26(3). 111-116
  • Author, “Influence of place of articulation on some acoustic correlates of the stop voicing contrast in French sentence speech,” published in the Journal of Phonetics (2009)
  • Author, “The stop voicing contrast in French sentences: Contextual sensitivity of vowel duration, closure duration, aspiration duration and closure voicing,” published in Phonetica (2004)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)