I am an assistant professor in the Linguistics Department of California State University Long Beach. My research interests are in phonology and the phonetics-phonology interface. I am currently carrying out experiments supported by an NSF grant Phonetic characteristics of epenthetic vowels in Palestinian Arabic.
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- Vowel Epenthesis In Marc van Oostendorp, Colin J. Ewen, Elizabeth Hume & Keren Rice (eds.) The Blackwell companion to phonology. Malden, MA & Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp.~1576--1596.
- Articulatory Phonology Language and Linguistics Compass, 4/9 (2010): 818–830.
- r-dissimilation in American
English [revised 8/14/2009]
This paper presents new data on long-distance r-dissimilation, and argue that it occurs due to perceptual errors.
- Acoustics of epenthetic vowels in Lebanese Arabic (with Maria Gouskova).
In Phonological Argumentation: Essays on Evidence and Motivation,
edited by Steve Parker, chapter 8. London: Equinox, 2009.
We show that for some speakers of Lebanese, epenthetic vowels are shorter and more back than lexical vowels. Working in Optimality Theory with Candidate Chains (OT-CC), we propose that phonetic implementation can optionally draw on intermediate members of the chain. Write to me if you would like a pre-print version.
patterns of vowel intrusion, Phonology 23:3:387–429 (2006).
Vowel sounds may be inserted into a word by two mechanisms: insertion of a vocalic articulatory gesture (epenthesis), or retiming of existing gestures to produce a vowel-like transition between consonants (intrusion). I argue that epenthetic vowels are phonological units but intrusive vowels are not. A representation using abstract gestures as well as segments can capture facts about the typology of vowel intrusion.
- Lexical selection for left-edge stress
Based on a study of long (4+ syllable) words in the Compton and Street corpus, I argue that these English speaking children produce a disproportionate number of words with initial main stress.
- Gestures and segments: vowel intrusion as overlap [doctoral dissertation]
- MAX-Position motivates iterative footing.
In Karine Megerdoomian and Leora A. Bar-el (eds),
WCCFL 20 Proceedings, pp. 248–261.
Cascadilla Press, Somerville, Massachusetts, 2001.
MAX-Position is a constraint that favors as much phonological material as possible appearing in prominent positions. Such a constraint can explain why languages may prefer to have multiple stressed syllables (iterative footing), and can also account for some allomorphy patterns that result in words having an even number of syllables.