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Sireemas Maspong & Francesco Burroni present at PACLIC34

On Oct. 25, 2020 Phonetics Lab grad students Sireemas Maspong & Francesco Burroni presented a paper entitled at PACLIC34 (The 34th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation.

Their paper - titled "A new look at Pattani Malay Initial Geminates: a statistical and machine learning approach"  - was co-authored with Dr. Pittayawat Pittayaporn (a Cornell Phonetics lab alumnus) and grad student Pimthip Kochaiyaphum of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.    

26th October 2020

Helena Aparicio joins Linguistics Department


The Linguistics Department welcomes Dr. Helena Aparicio to Cornell!

Dr. Aparicio uses a combination of experimental and computational methods to study how humans process and interpret language.

Her current research seeks to tease apart what aspects of linguistic meaning are grammatically encoded vs. pragmatically derived during linguistic interactions.

In preparation for Dr. Aparicio's January 2021 move to Ithaca, the Department is renovating a Morrill Hall space for her office and her new eye-tracking laboratory.  Her new facility will be next to the Computational Linguistics Lab, and just down the hall from the Phonetics Laboratory. 

17th October 2020

Cornell Phonetics Lab Website Launch

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16th October 2020

Abby Cohn receives Cook Award

Abigail C. Cohn, Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Southeast Asia Program, received a 2019 Cook award for her work in enhancing the atmosphere for women at Cornell, where she:

  • Mentored women
  • Made sure that Deans, the Administration and others recognize female faculty achievements
  • Fostered an environment that allows women to thrive
  • Co-founded the College of Arts and Sciences Women Faculty Network, which created a supportive platform for women faculty to meet other women professors through events like luncheons:

In an interview with the Cornell Daily Sun, Abby commented:

“When I first joined the South East Asian program, I was the only woman faculty member at that time. I started to realize that for many women faculty, they were isolated in their department,” Cohn said. “We are also providing cross-departmental faculty mentoring because it’s useful to get a perspective outside your department.”

12th March 2019

Professor Abby Cohn receives a Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Award

Abby Cohn - Professor of Linguistics & a member of the Phonetics Laboratory - is one of four Cornell faculty members who received a 2018 Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Award. Quoting the Cornell Chronicle article announcing the award:

Abigail Cohn, professor in the Department of Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences, is described by her colleagues as an “endless source of wisdom and advice.” She was cited for her warmth and altruism. A Class of 2016 graduate wrote: “The strong personal bond she fostered did not fade with graduation. Even now as I am overseas, she has continued to advise me on all facets of the graduate school application process.” Another student recalled, “In our last meeting that summer, Abby (the only professor to allow me to use her first name) wrote a personal email to my mom, thanking her for the work I had done, saying such kind words about my character that my own mother nearly came to tears.”

The Kendall S. Carpenter Advising Award recognizes the sustained and distinguished contributions of professorial faculty and senior lecturers to undergraduate advising, and nominations are solicited annually from all members of the academic community. Nominees must be active contributors to college teaching and to their scholarly field, as appropriate to their appointments, and not have previously won the award.

9th December 2018

Naomi Enzinna successfully defends her dissertation on Monolingual & BiLingual Speech Accomodation

Naomi Enzinna successfully defended her dissertation Automatic and social effects on accommodation in monolingual and bilingual speech, where she experimentally studied accommodation by English monolinguals and Spanish-English bilinguals from a majority monolingual community (Ithaca, NY) and a majority bilingual community (Miami, FL).

She determined that accommodation is both automatic and socially-modulated, but that socially-motivated accommodation is more persistent (i.e., longer-lasting) than accommodation that occurs due to automatic causes. This finding suggests that socially-motivated accommodation is more likely to lead to long-term accommodation and, thus, language change - such as the the unique "Miami English" dialect that inspired Naomi's studies.

Naomi is shown here with members of her thesis committee - from left to right: committee members Dr. Sam Tilsen, Dr. Abby Cohn, and Committee Chair Dr. Draga Zec. Dr. Marie Huffman of Stony Brook University - also a committee member - is not shown.

With her Cornell dissertation completed, Naomi is now a lecturer at Rice University's Program for Writing and Communication, where she will teach linguistics-inspired writing seminars.

7th December 2018

Christina Bjorndahl successfully defends her dissertation on Voiced Spirants

Christina Bjorndahl successfully defended her dissertation A Story of /v/: Voiced Spirants in the Obstruent-Sonorant Divide. Christina studied the class of voiced spirants (the voiced, non-sibilant fricatives), with a special focus on [v], and specifically looked at how [v] and the remaining voiced spirants patterned phonetically, phonologically, and in terms of their distribution to consonant inventories with respect to the obstruent-sonorant divide. Christina's thesis committee consisted of Abby Cohn, Mats Rooth, and Committee Chair Draga Zec.

Having completed her studies at Cornell, Christina is now a Special Faculty member in Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Philosophy.

4th December 2018

Okki Kurniawan successfully defends his dissertation on Jakarta Indonesian

Ferdinand "Okki" Kurniawan successfully defended his dissertation
"Phonological variation in Jakarta Indonesian: an emerging variety of Indonesian".

Okki is shown here with members of his thesis committee - from left to right: committee members Dr. John Wolff and Dr. Draga Zec, Okki Kurniawan, and committee Chair Dr. Abby Cohn.

18th October 2018

Phonetics/Phonology faculty & students present at Manchester and the SEAL Annual Meeting

Phonetics/Phonology researchers and graduate students were well traveled this Spring, with appearances in Taiwan and in England:

  • Grad students Dan Burgdorf and Sireemas Maspong traveled to Taiwan to present papers at the the 28th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, which was held May 17-24, 2018 at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
  • The Phonetics lab was also well-represented at this year's Manchester Phonology Meeting, held May 24-26, 2018 in the city of Manchester, UK. Dr. Draga Zec gave a talk on "Loanword specific prosody as minimal constraint re-ranking", and the following three grad students presented posters on their research:
    • Rachel Vogel - "Maintenance of voicing and aspiration contrasts in Nepali stops"
    • Dan Burgdorf - "Productivity of minor syllables in Burmese"
    • Brynhildur Stefansdottir - "Approximant reduction in colloquial Icelandic"

28th June 2018

Phonetics/Phonology grad students travel to Wisconsin, Myanmar, and Indonesia for training & field research

Three Phonetics/Phonology grad students traveled during summer 2018 for training and overseas linguistics fieldwork:

28th June 2018