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Welcome to the Rutgers Phonology and Phonetics Research Group (PhonX)!

Fall 2021 Meetings:

After a hiatus during the 2020 pandemic, PhonX is back this semester with hybrid meetings.

Friday 11:00am – 12:00am
Location: Room 108 + Zoom meeting

Spring 2020 Meetings:

Friday 10:00am – 11:50am
Location: Room 108
  • Jan. 24 (WCCFL 2020 practice talk):
    • Topic: “Gradient similarity in Lezgian laryngeal harmony”
    • Speaker: Huteng Dai
  • March 27: (email organizers for the link to our online meeting)
    • Topic: Output-driven Phonology (mini-course series I)
    • Speaker: Bruce Tesar
    • Reading: Tesar, B. (2017). Phonological learning with output-driven maps. Language Acquisition, 24(2), 148-167.
  • April 3:
    • Topic: Output-driven Phonology (mini-course series II)
    • Speaker: Bruce Tesar
  • April 10:
    • Topic: Output-driven Phonology (mini-course series III)
    • Speaker: Bruce Tesar

Fall 2019 Meetings:

  • Sept. 6 (First meeting) 10:00am – 11:00am:
    • Introductions and icebreaker; 
    • The housing and traveling plan of AMP;
    • 5-minutes flash talks about your current research.
  • Sept. 13:
    • Topic: “Ad Hoc Phonetic Categorization and Prediction”
    • Speaker: Ryan Rhodes (RuCCs)
    • Slides: [Link]
  • Oct. 4 (AMP practice presentation): 
    1. Adam McCollum: Sonority-driven stress and vowel reduction in Uyghur
    2. Adam Jardine and Nate Koser: Stress assignment and subsequentiality 
  • Oct. 18:
    • Topic: Unifying Prosodic and Segmental Repair: Metathesis and Epenthesis in Uab Meto 
    • Speaker: Kate Mooney (NYU)
    • Abstract: This paper examines a pattern of metathesis in Uab Meto (Austronesian; Timor, Indonesia), where metathesis is a) synchronically productive, and b) conditioned by phonotactics and sentence prosody requirements. I propose that the order of consonants and vowels is phonologically determined, and so surface alternations in linear order are fully predictable based on variation in the phonotactic environment, such as affixation or prosodic vowel lengthening. This bears on the longstanding debate on the status of metathesis: whether it exists at all synchronically, given its typological rarity (Webb 1974; Hume 1998; a.o.) or if it is not a primitive operation (Takahashi 2018).
  • Nov. 15:
    • Topic: Vowel hiatus resolution and domain-sensitivity in Ikpana
    • Speaker: Bertille Baron (Georgetown)
    • Abstract: Vowel hiatus resolution at word boundaries in Ikpana ([lgq], Kwa, Niger-Congo) is a domain- sensitive phenomenon. At certain word boundaries, vowel hiatus is frequently dispreferred, and vowel reduction is used as a repair strategy. At other word boundaries, vowel hiatus most commonly surfaces as such. This non-categorical alternation between a faithful output and vowel reduction is determined by both the syntactic environment and the syntactic construction in which the underlying hiatus occurs, suggesting the need for the phonological module of grammar to reference syntactic structure, either directly or indirectly. In a Match Theory-based account (Selkirk 2011), this presentation models the empirical facts and accounts for both the resolution strategies and the amount of variation attested in the data.


Spring 2019 Meetings:

Mar 16, 10am-12pm:
Practice talks: Dine and Liv (SAL) and Nate (PLC)



Faculty Organizer:
Adam McCollum []

Grad Student Organizer:
Huteng Dai []