B. May Bernhardt


Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1990
Clinical speech-language pathologist since 1972



E-mail: bernharb@mail.ubc.ca

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Barbara May Bernhardt received her PhD from the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in 1990 on application of nonlinear phonology to intervention, and was on faculty in the School from 1990-2017. Her career has focused on speech and language development, impairment and intervention. She is also a registered speech-language pathologist with passions for fun-ology, music, theatre, nordic skiing and cycling.


Research interests include phonological and phonetic development, assessment and intervention including the use of ultrasound as visual feedback. Other areas include developmental language acquisition and difficulties and service delivery to First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Canada.

Current interests:

1. Nonlinear phonological assessment across languages: An international SSHRC-funded study is characterizing phonological development across 14 languages and providing free clinical assessment tools and tutorials (through phonodevelopment.sites.olt.ubc.ca). SASS PhD graduates Glenda Kelly Mason and Daniel Bérubé contribute to this project.

  1. Nonlinear phonological intervention:  Intervention studies have examined application of nonlinear phonological theories on intervention for syllable/word structures versus segments and features.

3 . Articulatory visual feedback with ultrasound and electropalatrography: A number of projects (including the dissertation of Penelope Bacsfalvi) have explored the effectiveness of visual feedback in speech therapy and accent modification as provided by ultrasound and electropalatography.

4 . Service Delivery to Indigenous Peoples: Bernhardt and others inaugurated a course in 2009:   “Approaches to Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology for People of First Nations, Inuit or Métis heritage”. Research with students and colleagues has explored First Nations English dialects, Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), materials for language facilitation, and adult service delivery.

Select Publications Bernhardt Publications to March 2017


Bernhardt, B. 1990. Application of nonlinear phonological theory to intervention with six phonologically disordered children. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of British Columbia.


Bernhardt, B.H. & Stemberger, J.P. (2000). Workbook in nonlinear phonology for clinical application. Austin, TX: PRO-ED. (Copyright reverted to authors, through the phonodevelopment website noted above).

Bernhardt, B.H. & Stemberger, J.P. (1998). Handbook of phonological development. From a nonlinear constraints-based perspective. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.


Kemp, N., Scott, J., Bernhardt, B.M., Johnson, C.J., Siegel, L., & Werker, J. 2017. Minimal pair word learning and vocabulary size: Links with later language skills, Applied Psycholinguistics, 38 (2), 289-314.


Chen, R.K., Bernhardt, B.M., & Stemberger, J.P. 2016. Phonological assessment and analysis tools for Tagalog: Preliminary development. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 30 (8), 599-627.


Ayyad, H.S., Bernhardt, B.M. & Stemberger, J.P. 2016. Kuwaiti Arabic. Acquisition of singleton consonants. International Jnl. of Language and Communication Disorders, 51(5), 531–545.


Bernhardt, B.M., Hanson, R., Perez, D., Ávila, C., Lleó, C., Stemberger, J.P., Carballo, G., Mendoza, E., Fresneda, D. & Chávez-Peón, M. 2015. Word structures of Granada Spanish-speaking preschoolers with typical versus protracted phonological development. Intl. Jnl. of Lang. & Communication Disorders, 50(3), 298-311.


Bérubé, D., Bernhardt, B. M., & Stemberger. 2015. A test of Canadian French phonology: Construction and use. Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 39(1), 61-100.


Bernhardt, B.M., Másdóttir, T., Stemberger, J.P., Leonhardt, L., & Hansson, G.O. 2015. Fricative development in Icelandic and English-speaking children with protracted phonological development. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 29(8-10), 642-665.


Mason, G.K., Bérubé, D., Bernhardt, B.M. & Stemberger, J.P. 2015. Evaluation of multisyllabic word production in Canadian English- and French-speaking children within a nonlinear phonological framework, Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 29(8-10), 666-685.


Feehan, A., Francis, C., Bernhardt, B.M., & Colozzo, P. 2015. Outcomes of phonological and morphosyntactic intervention for twin boys with protracted speech and language development. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 31, 53-69.


Lipetz, H. & Bernhardt, B.M. 2013. A multi-modal approach to intervention for a frontal lisp in one adolescent. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 27(1), 1–17.

Bernhardt, B.M. Green, E., Khurana, A., Laporte, T., Osmond, S., Panchyk, H., Shahnaz, N. & Campbell, H. 2011. (Accepted April 15, 2011). Course development at the University of British Columbia concerning Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology for people of First Nations, Métis and Inuit heritage. CJASLPA, 35(2), 178-189.

Bernhardt, B.M., & Zhao, J. 2010. Nonlinear phonological analysis in assessment of protracted phonological development in Mandarin. CJSLPA, 34, 168-180.

Bernhardt, B.M., Bacsfalvi, P., Adler-Bock, M., Shimizu, R., Cheney, A., Giesbrecht, N., O’Connell, M., Sirianni, J. & Radanov, B. 2008. Ultrasound as visual feedback in speech therapy: Exploring consultative use in rural British Columbia. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 22(2), 149-162.

Adler-Bock, M., Bernhardt, B., Gick, B., & Bacsfalvi, P. 2007. The use of ultrasound in remediation of /r/ in adolescents. Amer. Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16(2), 128-139.

Bernhardt, B., Bacsfalvi, P., Gick, B., Radanov, B., & Williams, R. 2005. Exploring electropalatography and ultrasound in speech habilitation. Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 29, 169-182.

Bernhardt, B., Gick, B., Bacsfalvi, P., & Adler-Bock, M. 2005. Ultrasound in speech therapy with adolescents and adults. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 19, 605-617.

Bernhardt, B. & Major, E. 2005. Speech, language and literacy skills three years later: Long-term outcomes of nonlinear phonological intervention. Intl. Jnl. of Language and Communication Disorders, 40, 1-27.

Bernhardt, B.H. & Stemberger, J.P. 2002. Intervocalic consonants in the speech of children with phonological disorders. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics 16(3), 199-214.

Major, E. & Bernhardt, B. 1998. Metaphonological skills of children with phonological disorders before and after phonological and metaphonological intervention. Intl. Jnl. of Language and Communication Disorders, 33, 413-444.

Bernhardt, B.,& Stoel-Gammon, C. 1994. Nonlinear phonology: Clinical application. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 37, 123-143.

Bernhardt, B. 1992. Developmental implications of nonlinear phonological theory. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 6, 259-282.

Bernhardt, B. 1992. The application of nonlinear phonological theory to intervention. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 6, 283-316.


Bernhardt, B.M., & Stoel-Gammon, C. 2013. Interactions of linguistic theory and clinical applications: Reviewing the history of our field. In B.Peters & A. McLeod (Eds). Comprehensive perspectives on child speech development and disorders: Pathways from linguistic theory to clinical practice (pp. 3-29). New York: Nova.

Bernhardt, B., Ball, J. & Deby, J. 2007. Cross-cultural perspectives and children’s speech acquisition. In S. McLeod (ed.) The international guide to speech acquisition. (pp. 101-106). Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Thomson.

Bernhardt, B. & Stemberger, J.P. 2007. Phonological impairment. In P. Lacy (ed.) Handbook  of Phonology. (pp. 575-593.) Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.