Anabela Rato


I graduated in Portuguese and English Teaching, did an MA in English Language, Literature and Culture, and received my Ph.D. in Language Sciences from the University of Minho, Portugal. I am an assistant professor at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Toronto, and before I was a visiting assistant professor at the Institute of Arts and Human Sciences, University of Minho. My research interests include second language speech acquisition, speech perception and production, phonetic training, applied phonetics, and sound variation. I have worked on two research projects funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)  – “Sociolinguistic Profile of Braga’s Speech” and “Portuguese as Heritage Language and Language Change” -, and I am currently working on two projects “The role of cross-language phonetic similarity and articulatory difficulty in L2 speech learning”, supported by the Connaught Fund, and “How do we perceive and talk our parents’ home language? The case of heritage speakers of Azorean Portuguese”, funded by Jackman Scholars in Residence 2018, University of Toronto. I have published mostly in Portuguese, Brazilian, and Spanish peer-reviewed journals.