Kie Zuraw

UCLA Linguistics

Ling 251A/B

Topics in phonetics and phonology: Lexical access and the phonology of morphologically complex words

Winter 2011

Mondays and Wednesdays 12:00-1:50 in Rolfe 3123

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Course information

Kie's office hours this quarter: Mondays 2:00-3:50, in Campbell 3122A


Course description

Research on the phonology of morphologically complex words often appeals, implicitly or explicitly, to lexical storage and access. A simple example is the diachronic change of a compound into a simple lexeme, as in English 'cupboard', whose phonology is incompatible with a compound of 'cup' and 'board'. A more extensive case is Hay's (2003) hypothesis that whole words and their sub-parts race for lexical access, with resting activation determining the winner. (For example, Hay finds more t-deletion in words like 'swiftly', which is more frequent than 'swift', than in words like 'daftly', which is less frequent than 'daft'; she interprets the difference as a difference in lexical access whereby 'swiftly' is accessed as a single unit and 'daftly' as a combination of 'daft' and 'ly'.)
This proseminar will review the psycholinguistic literature on lexical access of morphologically complex words. For example, under what circumstances does a complex word prime its base or vice-versa? Do instances of the same affix prime each other?

Lecture and paper-presentation handouts

  1. Introduction and overview: appeals to lexical access in phonological theory (Jan. 3)
  2. Background I: lexical access in models of speech production (Jan. 5)
  3. Background II: lexical access in models of language perception (spoken and written) (Jan. 10 & 12)
    Jan. 17 is a holiday--no class
    Next up: presentations begin on fundamental debates/issues in lexical access of morphologically complex words.
    List of papers to be presented over the next couple of weeks
  4. Papers presented Jan. 19, Jan. 24, Jan. 26, Jan. 31, Feb. 2, Feb. 7 (some with handouts):
  5. Mid-course summary and prospect (Feb. 7)
  6. More papers presented Feb. 9, Feb. 14, Feb. 16 (Feb. 21 holiday), Feb. 23, Feb. 28, Mar. 2 (some with handouts):
  7. Wrap-up and attempts at synthesis (Mar. 7)


We decided not to make an annotated bibliography.
Here is a document withReferences for all the handouts combined, though.


jTRACE: Java implementation of McClelland & Elman's TRACE model..

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