Prior to joining the faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston, Dr. Ferenc Bunta worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Temple University. He completed his Ph.D. at Arizona State University in speech and hearing sciences. The main focus of Dr. Bunta's research is bilingual phonological acquisition.
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Bilingual Language Laboratory and the Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
- Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
- M.A., English Linguistics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
- B.Ed., Teaching English as a Second Language, Lajos Kossuth University (currently University of Debrecen), Debrecen, Hungary
- Speech Science (COMD 3385)
- Phonetics (COMD 2338)
The core of Dr. Bunta's research is the study of bilingual and cross-linguistic phonological acquisition. There are multiple on-going projects that investigate various aspects of phonological acquisition and representation cross-linguistically and in bilingual speakers, ranging from the phonological patterns of Spanish-English bilingual children with hearing loss who use cochlear implants and their peers with normal hearing (funded by the NIH/NIDCD) to exploring factors related to the identification of reading and language disorders in Spanish-speaking English language learners (funded by the IES in collaboration with Drs. David Francis, Kristi Santi, and Raul Rojas).
For more information, view Dr. Bunta’s research page.
(past 5 years)
- 2020-2024 National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIH/NIDCD), 1R01DC017683, Image-Guided Cochlear Implant Programming: Pediatric Speech, Language, and Literacy, Role: Consultant
- 2016-2018 United States Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, R324A160258, Identification of Reading and Language Disabilities in Spanish-Speaking English Learners, Role: Co-Investigator
- 2013-2017 National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIH/NIDCD), 1R03DC012640, Phonological Acquisition in Bilingual Children with Cochlear Implants, Role: Principal Investigator
(for a full list of publications, see curriculum vitae)
- Sosa, A., & Bunta, F. (2019). Speech production variability in monolingual and bilingual children with cochlear implants: A comparison to their peers with normal hearing. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 62, 2601-2616. doi: 10.1044/2019_JSLHR-S-18-0263
- Khalaf, S., Santi, K., Kulesz, P., Bunta, F., & Francis, D. J. (2019). Bilingual phonological awareness: Construct validation of grade 1 Spanish-speaking English learners. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 166, 79-110. doi: 10.1002/cad.20303
- Bunta, F., Goodin-Mayeda, C. E., Procter, A., & Hernandez, A. (2016). Initial stop voicing in bilingual children with cochlear implants and their peers with normal hearing. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 59, 686-698. doi:10.1044/2016_JSLHR-S-15-0212
- Bunta, F., Douglas, M., Dickson, H., Cantu, A., Wickesberg, J., & Gifford, R. H., (2016). Dual language versus English only support for bilingual children with hearing loss who use cochlear implants and hearing aids. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 51(4), 460-472. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12223
- National Science Foundation and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Grant Reviewer
- Beszédkutatás (2014-present) and JSLHR (2017-2018) Editorial Board member
- ASHA’s Mentoring Academic-Research Careers (MARC), PROmoting the next GENeration of Researchers (PROGENY)