Dr Clara Cohen

  • Lecturer in Psycholinguistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests

Although I started studying quite traditional generative linguistics (I still have a quiet fondness for clever phonological rule-ordering examples and elegant phrase-structure trees), my interests now tilt more and more towards experimental research into language processing, and computational research with corpus data. Shiny new toys delight me, and I am happiest when I am experimenting with a new programming language to analyze different types of corpus data, a new eye-tracking lab, a new way of doing growth-curve analysis,  Bayesian approaches to statistics, or a fancy ERP cap, with gel and electrodes and blinking lights.

 In order to fight the danger of distracting myself from my work with all these shiny toys, I use the results of my experiments as converging evidence from many different data sources, united in pursuit of a larger question: How do details of pronunciation illuminate patterns in lexical storage and retrieval, and how do morphologically related words interact with each other as we produce and perceive spoken language? My dissertation and follow-up projects explored how the pronunciation of inflected verbs was influenced by different types of syntactic and morphological probability in English and Russian. My postdoctoral work turned to nouns, where I examined how listeners’ language experience affects the types of pronunciation patterns they draw on during online speech perception. Other projects include an exploration of the role of functional load and auditory confusability in the development of the English lexicon over time (with Shinae Kang), and an expansion of the Gradient Symbolic Computation framework to word order and code-switching in English-Dutch bilinguals (with Lara Schwartz, Mike Putnam, Janet van Hell, and Sarah Grey).

 


Supervision

I am interested in supervising work on psycholinguistics, speech perception, speech planning, lexical retrieval, and bilingualism. 

Please note: I am not available to supervise work on EFL, TEFL, or language pedagogy.


Teaching

I teach or contribute to teaching on

I also convene the first year introductory Level 1 sequence


Publications

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Number of items: 8.

2018

Cohen, C. and Kang, S. (2018) Flexible perceptual sensitivity to acoustic and distributional cues. Mental Lexicon, 13(1), pp. 38-73. (doi:10.1075/ml.16029.coh)

2016

Van Hell, J. G., Cohen, C. and Grey, S. (2016) Testing tolerance for lexically-specific factors in Gradient Symbolic Computation. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19(5), pp. 897-899. (doi:10.1017/S1366728916000122)

Cohen, C. and Carlson, M. (2016) Phonetic reduction can lead to lengthening, and enhancement can lead to shortening. Interspeech 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA, 08-12 Sep 2016. pp. 1094-1098. (doi:10.21437/Interspeech.2016-1146)

Kang, S. and Cohen, C. (2016) Relationships between functional load and auditory confusability under different speech environments. Interspeech 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA, 08-12 Sep 2016. pp. 1094-1098. (doi:10.21437/Interspeech.2016-906)

2015

Cohen, C. (2015) Context and paradigms: two patterns of probabilistic pronunciation variation in Russian agreement suffixes. Mental Lexicon, 10(3), pp. 313-338. (doi:10.1075/ml.10.3.01coh)

2014

Cohen, C. (2014) Probabilistic reduction and probabilistic enhancement: contextual and paradigmatic effects on morpheme pronunciation. Morphology, 24(4), pp. 291-323. (doi:10.1007/s11525-014-9243-y)

2013

Cohen, C. (2013) Hierarchies, subjects, and the lack thereof in Imbabura Quichua subordinate clauses. Working Paper. Survey Reports, Survey of California and Other Indian Languages, Berkeley, CA.

2011

Cohen, C. (2011) Proto-Bantu – Nzadi sound correspondences. In: Crane, T. M., Hyman, L. M. and Tukumu, S. N. (eds.) A Grammar of Nzadi [B865]: a Bantu Language of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Series: University of California publications in linguistics (147). University of California Press: Berkley and Los Angeles, California, pp. 255-270. ISBN 9780520098862

This list was generated on Sat Sep 21 13:01:46 2019 BST.
Number of items: 8.

Articles

Cohen, C. and Kang, S. (2018) Flexible perceptual sensitivity to acoustic and distributional cues. Mental Lexicon, 13(1), pp. 38-73. (doi:10.1075/ml.16029.coh)

Van Hell, J. G., Cohen, C. and Grey, S. (2016) Testing tolerance for lexically-specific factors in Gradient Symbolic Computation. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19(5), pp. 897-899. (doi:10.1017/S1366728916000122)

Cohen, C. (2015) Context and paradigms: two patterns of probabilistic pronunciation variation in Russian agreement suffixes. Mental Lexicon, 10(3), pp. 313-338. (doi:10.1075/ml.10.3.01coh)

Cohen, C. (2014) Probabilistic reduction and probabilistic enhancement: contextual and paradigmatic effects on morpheme pronunciation. Morphology, 24(4), pp. 291-323. (doi:10.1007/s11525-014-9243-y)

Book Sections

Cohen, C. (2011) Proto-Bantu – Nzadi sound correspondences. In: Crane, T. M., Hyman, L. M. and Tukumu, S. N. (eds.) A Grammar of Nzadi [B865]: a Bantu Language of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Series: University of California publications in linguistics (147). University of California Press: Berkley and Los Angeles, California, pp. 255-270. ISBN 9780520098862

Research Reports or Papers

Cohen, C. (2013) Hierarchies, subjects, and the lack thereof in Imbabura Quichua subordinate clauses. Working Paper. Survey Reports, Survey of California and Other Indian Languages, Berkeley, CA.

Conference or Workshop Item

Cohen, C. and Carlson, M. (2016) Phonetic reduction can lead to lengthening, and enhancement can lead to shortening. Interspeech 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA, 08-12 Sep 2016. pp. 1094-1098. (doi:10.21437/Interspeech.2016-1146)

Kang, S. and Cohen, C. (2016) Relationships between functional load and auditory confusability under different speech environments. Interspeech 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA, 08-12 Sep 2016. pp. 1094-1098. (doi:10.21437/Interspeech.2016-906)

This list was generated on Sat Sep 21 13:01:46 2019 BST.