Claire Moore-Cantwell
claire dot moore-cantwell at yale dot edu
301 Dow Hall


Department of Linguistics, Yale

Research interests:

I study how exceptionful or probabilistic generalizations over linguistic objects are learned, and how they are represented in the adult linguistic system. I am especially interested in phonological patterns that exhibit variation across rather than within lexical items (for example, English stress). I am also interested in exploring how probabilistic generalizations are used in production and perception, and how and if they can be updated online.

I am also interested in prosodic structure, both at the level of the word, and of the sentence. I am particularly interested in the process of planning and implementing prosodic structure during sentence production. At the word level, I am interested in modeling prosodic structure in the framework of Harmonic Serialism.

I recently defended my dissertation, The representation of probabilistic phonological patterns: Neurological, behavioral, and computational evidence from the English stress system , at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with Joe Pater, Lyn Frazier, and John Kingston in the Linguistics department, and Lisa Sanders (and the Neuro-Cognition and Perception lab) in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

This semester (Fall 2015), I am teaching Language and Computation I, as well as a seminar on models of phonological variation. Please email me for further information about either course.


2015. The phonological grammar is probabilistic: New evidence pitting abstract representation against analogy. Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting on Phonology, Vancouver. 9-11 October ( Project page )
2015. Claire Moore-Cantwell and Joe Pater. Gradient Exceptionality in Maximum Entropy Grammar with Lexically Specific Constraints. Paper presented at the workshop on Exceptionality in Phonology, associated with the 12th Old World Conference in Phonology, Barcelon, Spain. 27 January
2015. Lisa Sanders, Claire Moore-Cantwell, Joe Pater, Robert Staubs and Benjamin Zobel. Event-related potential evidence of abstract phonological learning in the laboratory. Ms. University of Massachusetts Amherst , Slides from RUMMIT 2013
2014. Claire Moore-Cantwell and Lisa Sanders. Two types of implicit knowledge of probabilistic phonotactics. Poster presented at the 22nd Manchester Phonology Meeting, and LabPhon 14. (Project page)
2014. Claire Moore-Cantwell and Robert Staubs. Modeling Morphological Subgeneralizations. Proceedings of the 2013 meeting on Phonology. Edited by John Kingston, Claire Moore-Cantwell, Joe Pater and Robert Staubs. Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC. (Project page)
2013. Syntactic Probability Influences Duration: Production of prosodic boundaries in clefted structures (Most recently:) Paper presented at the Workshop on explicit and implicit prosody in sentence processing, UMass Amherst. 30-31 May (Project page)
2011. Bruce Hayes and Claire Moore-Cantwell.Gerard Manley Hopkins's sprung rhythm: corpus study and stochatic grammar. Phonology 28:235–282. (Project page)
2011. Over- and Under-generalization in Derivational Morphology. Proceedings of NELS 42. (Project page)
2011. Contexts for Epenthesis in Harmonic Serialism. Paper presented at the 19th Manchester Phonology Meeting. (Project page)
CV: (here)