NECPhon 2012: Northeast Computational Phonology Workshop


There is no registration fee, and all are welcome. If you plan to attend, please email Naomi Feldman ( so we can add you to the head-count for food planning purposes.


Saturday, October 6, 2012


1400 Marie Mount Hall, University of Maryland


Computational approaches to phonology have gained in popularity in recent years. These approaches use models to formalize hypotheses about how people learn aspects of sound structure, or to investigate basic principles about how sound systems are organized. The Northeast Computational Phonology Workshop (NECPhon) is an informal gathering of scholars interested in any aspect of computational phonology. Our goal is to provide a relaxed atmosphere where researchers can share their latest work. This is the sixth annual NECPhon, and the first time the workshop has been held at the University of Maryland.

This year's NECPhon is sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities.


11:00-12:00 bagels

12:00-12:30 Gaja Jarosz (Yale University): Frequency and Learning Biases in Acquisition of Syllable Structure (joint work with Shira Calamaro and Jason Zentz)

12:30-1:00 Cesar Koirala (University of Delaware): Two ways of factoring syllables into feature-based distributions for learning phonotactic patterns

1:00-1:30 Joe Pater (University of Massachusetts Amherst): Incremental Maximum Entropy phonotactics and the Shepard complexity hierarchy (joint work with Elliott Moreton)

1:30-2:00 coffee break

2:00-2:30 Michelle Fullwood (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): Learning nonconcatenative morphological units via Bayesian inference

2:30-3:00 Ewan Dunbar (University of Maryland): Abstractness in phonology and the Bayesian evaluation metric

3:00-3:30 Presley Pizzo (University of Massachusetts Amherst): An online model of constraint induction for learning phonological alternations

3:30-4:00 coffee break

4:00-4:30 Uriel Cohen-Priva (Brown University): The relationship between segment frequency and phonetic effort

4:30-5:00 Josh Falk (University of Maryland): Phonetic similarity in popular rhyme

5:00 organizational meeting