Joan Shaho

Joan is a senior majoring in Computer Science. He was born in Albania, moved to Greece where he lived for the first 17 years of his life and then came to the U.S. in 2015. Currently he is living in Philadelphia with his family. He is interested in exploring the underlying brain differences that result in phonetic differences among different languages. For example, why the French cannot say the “r” sound.

Danny Chiarodit

Danny is a senior from Los Angeles studying psychology. He is interested in speech language pathology, primarily working with people who stutter and those with other speech disorders.

Ben Rutherford

Ben is a freshman from Alexandria, VA  interested in pursuing PPE.  He is interested in how geography affects language diversity and its relationship to the brain.

Shared Passions

The group collectively is interested in speech development (how people develop unique speaking styles, as well as speaking disorders), professional sports, and hip-hop. We would like to analyze the process by which young children begin to use phonemes and apply this knowledge to help those who have speech impediments.

In particular, as group, we've become interested in Specific Language Impairment (also called Developmental Language Disorder), which is a disorder than inhibits children's language development skills and is present in 7 to 8 percent of children.