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Revisiting population size vs. phoneme inventory size
(Linguistic Society of America, 2012-12)
In this paper we argue against the findings presented in Hay & Bauer 2007, which show a positive correlation between population size and phoneme inventory size. We argue that the positive correlation is an artifact of the authors’ statistical technique and biased data set. Using a hierarchical mixed model to account for ...
Corpus-based productivity measures of English -er agentives and instrumentals
(University of Washington, 2013)
This paper investigates the claim that agentive and instrumental forms of English “-er”morpheme show differing productivity (a claim due to Derwing 1976). An attempt is made to replicate Derwing’s findings using modern corpus methods. Novel annotations for animacy and agentivity/instrumentality were created on the Brown corpus ...
The semantics of implicitly relational predicates
(Simon Fraser University, 2010)
No abstract or description.
Modelling talker intelligibility variation in a dialect-controlled corpus
In a newly created corpus of 3600 read sentences (20 talkers x 180 sentences), considerable variability in talker intelligibility has been found. This variability occurs despite rigorous attempts to ensure uniformity, including strict dialectal criteria in subject selection, speech style guidance with feedback during recording, ...
Vowel laxing in Indonesian as a test case for interaction of morphological and syllabic structure
Lax (also known as, centralized) vowel allophones are attested in Indonesian for non‐low vowels in closed syllables [e.g., Sneddon (1996)]. In consonant‐final stems with vowel‐initial suffixes (ke+apik+an), phonological theory (the maximal onset principle) predicts the stem‐final consonant to syllabify with the suffix ...
Separating segmental and prosodic contributions to intelligibility
It is well known that the intelligibility of speech can vary both across individuals within styles or tasks, and within individuals across styles or tasks. Various properties of the speech signal have been shown to correlate with such differences in intelligibility, including speech rate, [5,7,8] segmental reduction or deletion, ...