Recent Submissions

  • Cue weight in the perception of Trique glottal consonants 

    DiCanio, Christian (Acoustical Society of America, 2014)
    This paper examines the perceptual weight of cues to the coda glottal consonant contrast in Trique (Oto-Manguean) with native listeners. The language contrasts words with no coda (/V+/) from words with a coda glottal ...
  • Tonal classes in Itunyoso Trique person morphology 

    DiCanio, Christian T. (De Gruyter Mouton, 2016)
    Otomanguean languages possess some of the most complex tonal inventories among the languages of the world. According to the World Atlas of Linguistic Structures, approximately 41.8% of the world’s languages (220/527) are ...
  • Talkers account for listener and channel characteristics to communicate efficiently 

    Pate, John K.; Goldwater, Sharon (Elsevier, 2015)
    A well-known effect in speech production is that more predictable linguistic constructions tend to be reduced. Recent work has interpreted this effect in an information-theoretic framework, proposing that such predictability ...
  • Children's perception of dialect variation 

    Pate, John K.; Wagner, Laura; Clopper, Cynthia G. (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
    A speaker’s regional dialect is a rich source of information about that person. Two studies examined five- to six-year-old children’s perception of regional dialect: Can they perceive differences among dialects ? Have ...
  • Refining Syntactic Categories Using Local Contexts — Experiments in Unlexicalized PCFG Parsing 

    Pate, John K.; Meurers, Detmar (2007)
    As an extension of decades of syntactic theorizing, treebanks have inherited a small set of phrasal categories, which abstract over the environments that the categories can occur in. Extending ideas from Johnson (1998), ...
  • Unsupervised syntactic chunking with acoustic cues: Computational models for prosodic bootstrapping 

    Pate, John K.; Goldwater, Sharon (2011)
    Learning to group words into phrases without supervision is a hard task for NLP systems, but infants routinely accomplish it. We hypothesize that infants use acoustic cues to prosody, which NLP systems typically ignore.To ...
  • Predictability effects in adult-directed and infant-directed speech: Does the listener matter? 

    Pate, John K.; Goldwater, Sharon (2011)
    A well-known effect in speech production is that more predictable words tend to be phonetically reduced. Recent work has suggested that predictability effects result from hardwired properties of the language production ...
  • Unsupervised dependency parsing with acoustic cues 

    Pate, John K.; Goldwater, Sharon (Association for Computational Linguistics, 2013)
    Unsupervised parsing is a difficult task that infants readily perform. Progress has been made on this task using text-based models, but few computational approaches have considered how infants might benefit from acoustic ...
  • A computationally efficient algorithm for learning topical collocation models 

    Pate, John K.; Zhao, Zhendong; Du, Lan; Börschinger, Benjamin; Ciaramita, Massimiliano; Steedman, Mark; Johnson, Mark (2015)
    Most existing topic models make the bag-of-words assumption that words are generated independently, and so ignore poten-tially useful information about word order. Previous attempts to use collocations(short sequences of ...
  • Topic segmentation in an ordering-based topic model 

    Pate, John K.; Du, Lan; Johnson, Mark (2015)
    Documents from the same domain usually discuss similar topics in a similar order. However, the number of topics and the exact topics discussed in each individual document can vary. In this paper we present a simple topic ...
  • Syllable weight encodes mostly the same information for English word segmentation as dictionary stress 

    Pate, John K.; Johnson, Mark (Association for Computational Linguistics, 2014)
    Stress is a useful cue for English word segmentation. A wide range of computational models have found that stress cues enable a 2-10% improvement in segmentation accuracy, depending on the kind of model, by using input ...
  • The Phonetics of Fortis and Lenis Consonants in Itunyoso Trique 

    DiCanio, Christian (International Journal of American Linguistics, 2012)
    This paper discusses the phonetic properties of the fortis–lenis distinction in San Martín Itunyoso Trique (Oto-Manguean). Discussions of the fortis–lenis contrast in related languages argue that it may instead be considered ...
  • The Acoustic and Visual Phonetic Basis of Place of Articulation in Excrescent Nasals 

    DiCanio, Christian; Johnson, Keith; MacKenzie, Laurel (2007)
    One common historical development in languages with distinctively nasalized vowels is the excrescence of coda velar nasals in place of nasalized vowels. For example, the dialect of French spoken in the southwestern part ...
  • Assessing agreement level between forced alignment models with data from endangered language documentation corpora 

    DiCanio, Christian; Nam, Hosung; Whalen, Douglas H.; Bunnell, H. Timothy; Amith, Jonathan D.; Castillo Garcia, Rey (2012)
    Automatic forced alignment between transcriptions has achieved high levels of agreement for languages with large corpora, but the technique holds great promise for work on all languages. Here, we apply two forced alignment ...
  • Using automatic alignment to analyze endangered language data: Testing the viability of untrained alignment 

    DiCanio, Christian; Bunnell, H. Timothy; Amith, Jonathan; Castillo Garcia, Rey; Nam, Hosung; Whalen, Douglas H. (2013)
    While efforts to document endangered languages have steadily increased, the phonetic analysis of endangered language data remains a challenge. The transcription of large documentation corpora is, by itself, a tremendous ...
  • The phonetics of moraic alignment in Yoloxóchitl Mixtec 

    DiCanio, Christian; Amith, Jonathan; Castillo Garcia, Rey (2014)
    This talk highlights recent research on the phonetics of tonal alignment in Yoloxóchitl Mixtec (YM). This language is notable for its large tonal inventory, where 20 tonal melodies contrast on monosyllabic words. The ...
  • Triqui tonal coarticulation and contrast preservation in tonal phonology 

    DiCanio, Christian (Yale University, 2014)
    Tonal languages vary substantially in the degree in which coarticulation occurs across word boundaries. In languages like Mandarin, coarticulation is strong and results in extensive variation in how tones are produced (Xu, ...
  • Event Semantics 

    Koenig, Jean-Pierre (Routledge, 2016)
    The point of talking is to describe the way the world is, the way it changes or stays the same. Verbs play a critical role in that endeavour. Intuitively, verbs (or, more precisely, verb senses) describe categories of ...
  • On the disunity of Right-Node Raising phenomena: extraposition, ellipsis, and deletion 

    Chaves, Rui P. (Linguistic Society of America, 2014)
    The empirical facts about right-node raising (RNR) lead to fundamentally conflicting analytical conclusions. There is strong evidence that RNR does not obey syntactic constraints of any kind, which in turn suggests that ...
  • Coordinate Structures - Constraint-Based Syntax-Semantics Processing 

    Chaves, Rui P. (2007)
    This dissertation examines the structure and the meaning of coordination structures. In the realm of syntax, it is often assumed that coordination structures come in different flavors and that they are the locus of various ...

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