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Archangeli’s research explores both the fundamental concepts of how phonological systems are organized and the concrete ways in which sounds are used and produced in language. Her conceptual research, Emergent Phonology (or Minimalist Phonology), asks the question of how much does phonological acquisition rely on innate, language-specific capabilities, and how much can rely on the human’s ability to extract similarities and generalizations from even very small amounts of input data. Diminishing the role of “Universal Grammar” for phonology leads to a different conception of lexical representations and the relations among them. A consequence is the elimination of vexing phonological issues such as abstract underlying representations and opaque surface patterns. (Much of this work is done in collaboration with Douglas Pulleyblank, University of British Columbia.) This work is a continuation of her earlier work on underspecified representations, which focused on determining the minimal amount of information necessary and sufficient for expressing phonological patterns. Archangeli also carries out basic research in the field, both documentation and experimental work, in Scotland, Assam (India), and Lombok (Indonesia), as well as looking at English in the United States. These efforts focus on determining the articulation of specific sounds in local languages through the use of ultrasound, and documenting sound systems of lesser studied languages. (Her primary collaborators in this area of research are Jeff Mielke, North Carolina State University (English) and Jon Yip, University of Hong Kong (Assamese & Indonesian languages).)

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Courses
  • SNWL
    Structure of Non-Western Language

  • IL
    Introduction to Linguistics

  • SNWL
    Structures of Non-Western Languages

  • FPTI
    Foundations of Phonological Theory I

  • HP
    History of Phonology

  • LFL
    Learning a Foreign Language

  • IP
    Introduction to Phonology

  • P
    Phonetics

Grants
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    SBE-RCUK: Experimental and Descriptive Investigations of Welsh (cym) Consonant Mutation

    Co-Investigator (COI)

    2015

    $362.4K
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    Experimental and descriptive Investigations of Gaidhlig (gla) Consonant Mutations

    Co-Investigator (COI)

    2012

    $300.2K
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    BCC-SBE: Seeing Speech: Building a Community

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2012

    $250.9K
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    CI-P Seeing speech: A community resource for analysis of multi-modal language data

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2011

    $98.9K
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    Instrumental and Experimental Analysis of Scottish Gaelic (Gaidhlig; gla) Sound Structures

    Co-Investigator (COI)

    2009

    $286.7K
News
  • Noam Chomsky to Return to UA

    2015

  • Childhood Stories That Never Lose Their Magic

    2014

  • The Chomsky-UA Connection

    2012

  • A Test in Producing a Visual Capture of Speech

    2010

  • Faculty Members Awarded Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Grants

    2010

  • UA Researchers Help Preserve Scottish Gaelic

    2010

  • Faculty General Election Results

    2003

  • Linguistics Researchers Adding Ultrasound Tool to Study Speech Formation

    2003

  • Faculty Senate Election Leaves Seats Unfilled

    2002

Publications (24)
Recent
  • Articulatory Strategies for Place Contrasts of Unreleased Final Stops on Preceding Vowels: Evidence from Ultrasound Imaging

    2021

  • Sasak, Meno-Mené dialect

    2020

  • Assamese vowels and vowel harmony

    2020

  • Illustrations of IPA: Northern Welsh

    2020

  • Illustration of the IPA: Bima (Mbojo dialect)

    2019

  • Illustration of IPA Indonesian Bajau (East Lombok)

    2019

  • Individual variation in lexical palatalization: Articulatory evidence from Scottish Gaelic

    2018

  • Illustration of IPA Sasak, Meno-Mené dialect

    2017

  • Phonological restrictions on lenition in Scottish Gaelic

    2016

  • Phonological and phonetic properties of Nasal Substitution in Sasak and Javanese

    2016

  • Individual-level contact reduces phonological complexity: evidence from bunched and retroflex /r/

    2016

  • The effect of context on the articulation of harmonic vowels in Assamese: An ultrasound study

    2016

  • Phonology without Universal Grammar

    2015

  • Vowel insertion in Scottish Gaelic.

    2014

  • Towards the Articulatory Reduction of Uttering Mandarin Words

    2012

  • Training deep nets with imbalanced and unlabeled data.

    2012

  • Emergent Phonology: Evidence from English

    2012

  • Articulation of the Kagayanen interdental approximant: An ultrasound study

    2011

  • Entropy Coding for Training Deep Belief Networks with Imbalanced and Unlabeled Data

    2011

  • Timing of Perceptual Cues in Scots Gaelic

    2011

  • Can you say [ṽ] or [x̃]. Aerodynamics of Nasalized Fricatives in Scottish Gaelic

    2011

  • Public and Private Patterns in Language

    2009

  • More velar than /g/: Consonant Coarticulation as a Cause of Diphthongization

    2008

  • Are covert /r/ Allophones Really Indistinguishable?

    2007

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