Faculty member Amanda Rysling was recently awarded a Faculty Research Fellowship from The Humanities Institute at UCSC for her project, “Prediction in speech processing,” which she describes below:

It seeks to understand the types of cues that listeners do and do not use to form predictions in prosodic parsing, and when during the course of listening they do so. The project encompasses registered replications and novel extensions of previous sentence length prediction studies, replications and extensions of phoneme monitoring studies of accent prediction, and a critical re-evaluation of the literature on speech processing in light of (so far) systematic failures to find previously-reported results.

Congratulations, Amanda!


On Friday, December 7, a team of students, faculty, and friends was honored to present a Festschrift celebrating the remarkable careers of Junko Ito and Armin Mester, two of the world’s leading theoretical phonologists and one of the most enduring collaborative research teams in our field:


Festschrift editor Jaye Padgett writes:

It is impossible to do justice to the variety and depth of Armin and Junko’s work, or to adequately express our regard for them as colleagues and friends. But we hope this volume goes some way toward doing both.

The editors of the Festschrift are Ryan Bennett, Andrew Angeles, Adrian Brasoveanu, Dhyana Buckley, Nick Kalivoda, Shigeto Kawahara, Grant McGuire, Jaye Padgett.

Pictured from right to left: Grant McGuire, Adrian Brasoveanu, Armin Mester, Jaye Padgett, Junko Ito, Ryan Bennett, Andrew Angeles, and Nick Kalivoda.


A paper by assistant professor Ryan Bennett has recently appeared in Glossa. The paper, entitled “Recursive prosodic words in Kaqchikel (Mayan),” argues that the prefixal phonology of Kaqchikel provides evidence for unbounded recursion of the prosodic word ω. The paper can be accessed here.