Chelsea Sanker

Chelsea Sanker

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences

Brown University

chelsea_sanker [at] brown [dot] edu



About

My primary research interests are historical linguistics, phonetics, and phonology, with a particular focus on factors contributing to language variation and change. I am currently investigating patterns of how homophones influence response time in same-different decisions and what those patterns indicate about lexical processing.


Publications

Sanker, C. (accepted). Hurrian Meter in the Boğazköy Parables. Journal of the American Oriental Society. [pdf]

Sanker, C. (accepted). A Survey of Experimental Evidence for Diachronic Change. Linguistics Vanguard.

Sanker, C. (2016). Phonetic Features of the PIE 'Laryngeals': Evidence from Misperception Data of Modern Gutturals. Proceedings of the 27th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference, 163-81.

Sanker, C. (2015). Comparison of Phonetic Convergence in Multiple Measures. Cornell Working Papers in Phonetics and Phonology 2015. [pdf]

Sanker, C. (2015). Patterns of Misperception of Arabic Consonants. Proceedings of the Forty-First Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, February 7-8, 2015. [pdf]

Tilsen, S., Zec, D., Bjorndahl, C., Butler, B., L'Esperance, M., Fisher, A., Heimisdottir, L., Renwick, M., and Sanker, C. (2012). A Cross-linguistic Investigation of Articulatory Coordination in Word-initial Consonant Clusters. Cornell Working Papers in Phonetics and Phonology 2012, 51-81. [pdf]


Presentations

Sanker, C. [upcoming] Experimental Evidence for Diachronic Change. International Conference on Historical Linguistics, San Antonio, Texas, July-August 2017.

Sanker, C. [upcoming] Lexical Retrieval and Effects of Homophones. Phonetics and Phonology in Europe, Cologne, Germany, June 2017.

Sanker, C. [upcoming] Linking Phonetic Convergence and Sound Change. International Workshop on Sound Change, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 2017.

Sanker, C. When Phonology is Algebra: Solving Problems with Interacting Processes. North American Phonology Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 2016, Pedagogy Workshop. [handout]

Sanker, C. Individual Tendencies for Phonetic Convergence. North American Phonology Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 2016. [handout]

Sanker, C. An Analysis of Semitic Uvular-Pharyngeal Correspondences: Inter-Dialectal Borrowing in Akkadian. American Oriental Society, Boston, MA, March 2016. [handout]

Sanker, C. Patterns of Heritage Speakers' Perception of Arabic Consonants. Old World Conference in Phonology, Budapest, Hungary, January 2016. [slides]

Sanker, C. Phonetic Features of the PIE 'Laryngeals': Evidence from Misperception Data of Modern Gutturals. UCLA Indo-European Conference, October 23-24 2015, Los Angeles, California. [handout]

Sanker, C. Phonetic Convergence in Multiple Features. Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, May 18-22 2015, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. [handout]

Sanker, C. Patterns of Misperception of Arabic Consonants. Berkeley Linguistics Society, February 7-8 2015, Berkeley, California. [handout]

Sanker, C. Patterns of Misperception of Arabic Consonants. Mellon Humanities Corridor Workshop in Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics, December 6-7 2014, Syracuse, New York. [handout]

Sanker, C. Hurrian Meter in the Boğazköy Parables. American Oriental Society, March 14-17 2014, Phoenix, Arizona. [handout]


Teaching

Laboratory Phonology, Spring 2017 (Brown University)
      Instructor

Introduction to Historical Linguistics, Spring 2017 (Brown University)
      Instructor

Introduction to Phonological Theory, Fall 2016 (Brown University)
      Instructor

Phonology II, Spring 2016 (Rutgers University)
      Instructor

Introduction to Phonology, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 (Rutgers University)
      Instructor

Phonology III, Fall 2015 (Rutgers University)
      Instructor

First-year Writing Seminar: Biological Foundations of Language, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 (Cornell University)
      Instructor

Historical Linguistics, Fall 2011 and Spring 2013 (Cornell University)
      Teaching Assistant

Introduction to Linguistics, Fall 2012 (Cornell University)
      Teaching Assistant

English Words: Histories and Mysteries, Spring 2012 (Cornell University)
      Teaching Assistant


Service

President of the Cornell Linguistics Circle (CLC), 2013-2014

Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GPSA) Linguistics representative, 2011-2012

CLC colloquium caterer, 2010-2011


Education

Ph.D. in Linguistics February 2016
Cornell University

B.A. in Linguistics, minor in Anthropology May 2009
University of California, Berkeley