kevin mullin

Department of Linguistics
226 South College
University of Massachusetts
150 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003

South College office room #303

I am a PhD student in linguistics at UMass Amherst.

My interests are in phonetics, speech perception, phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, and language description & documentation. I am fascinated by American languages (especially Athabascan) as well as other Southeast Asian languages. I am also interested in dictionary design of morphologically complex languages.

I am currently working as a research assistant to John Kingston and the phonetics laboratory investigating phonotactic and lexical knowledge paired with auditory spectral contrast effects (compensation for coarticulation) and how these may inform the psycholinguistic debate on whether speech perception should be modeled as an autonomous system of modules or as interactive. Additionally, with other UMass colleagues, I am learning how to use our new EEG (electroencephalography) equipment and about ERP (event-related potentials) research.

I have also worked as a research assistant for John McCarthy and Joe Pater’s NSF grant Investigations in Optimality Theory: Typology, Learning, and Modeling looking at asymmetrical harmony in Serial Harmonic Grammar, tone and reduplication in Harmonic Serialism, and faithfulness to stress.

My other work has been on the historical phonology of the Apachean branch of the Athabascan language family.

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