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Cohn's research focuses primarily on phonetics and phonology and their interaction. Often, phonetics and phonology are viewed as distinct areas of study. Yet there is an implicit relationship between phonology --the abstract patterning of sounds as part of a sound system, and phonetics-- the physical output. The nature of this mapping has been at the center of her current research, in which she has investigated both processes and representations within phonology and phonetics. Cohn is also interested in the interaction of phonology and morphology, which interact formally in quite different ways from phonology and phonetics. With respect to language area, she has a particular interest in Indonesian languages and French.
- Asian Studies
- Cognitive Science
- Romance Studies
- Southeast Asia Program (SEAP)
- Laboratory Phonology
- Phonology-phonetics interface
- Phonology-morphology interface
- Indonesian languages, English, French
- Oxford Handbook of Laboratory Phonology (with Cecile Fougeron and Marie Huffman), Oxford University Press, to appear December 2011.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
- "Introduction," to appear in A. Cohn, C. Fougeron, and M. Huffman (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Laboratory Phonology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- "Features, Segments, and the Sources of Phonological Primitives," to appear in G. N. Clements and R. Ridouane (eds.) Where Do Features Come From? Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 15-41.
- "Partially-nasal segments," (with Anastasia Riehl) in M. van Oostendorp C. Ewen, E. Hume and K. Rice (eds.) The Blackwell Companion to Phonology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
- "Laboratory Phonology: Past Successes and current questions, challenges, and goals," in C. Fougeron, B. Kühnert, M. D'Imperio, N. Vallé (eds.) Laboratory Phonology 10. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, pp. 3-29, 2011.
- Complexity in phonetics, phonology, gradience, categoriality, and naturalness, (with Ioana Chitoran) in F. Pellegrino, E. Marsico, I. Chitoran & C. Coupé (eds.) Approaches to Phonological Complexity, Phonology & Phonetics Series. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyer, pp: 21-46, 2009.
- Is there gradient phonology?, in Gradience in Grammar: Generative Perspectives, G. Faneslow, C. Fery, R. Vogel, and M. Schlesewsky (eds.), Oxford: OUP, pp. 25-44, 2006.
- Phonology, in Handbook of Linguistics, M. Aronoff and J. Rees-Miller (eds.), Oxford: Blackwells, pp. 180-212, 2001.
Selected Conference Proceedings
- Truncation in Indonesian: Evidence for violable minimal words and AnchorRight, in Proceedings of NELS 34, Volume 1, pp. 175-189, 2005.
- Development of Initial Clusters in American English by Fraternal Twins: An Acoustic Study, (with E. Kishel) in 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences Proceedings, pp. 1991-1994, 2003.
- "The phonetic realization of singleton-geminate contrasts in three languages of Indonesia," (with William Ham and Robert Podesva) 14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences Proceedings, pp. 587-590, 1999.
- "Sesquisyllabes of English: The structure of vowel-liquid sequences," (with Lisa Lavoie) 14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences Proceedings, pp. 109-112, 1999.
- The phonetics-phonology interface revisited: Where's phonetics?, in Texas Linguistic Society 1998 Conference Proceedings, pp. 25-240, 1998.
Selected Working Papers and Manuscripts
- "The Internal Structure of Nasal-Stop Sequences: Evidence from Austronesian," (with Anastasia Riehl).
- "Phonetics in phonology and phonology in phonetics," Working Papers of the Cornell Phonetics Laboratory 16, 2008.
- "Phonological structure and phonetic duration: The role of the mora," Working Papers of the Cornell Phonetics Laboratory 15: 69-100, 2003.
- "Alignment and Parallelism in Indonesian Phonology," Working Papers of the Cornell Phonetics Laboratory 12: 53-137. [Also available from http://roa.rutgers.edu/index.php3 #2 5-0894]
- "Sonorant devoicing and the phonetic realization of [Spread Glottis] in English," (with Ayako Tsuchida and Masanobu Kumada) Working Papers of the Cornell Phonetics Laboratory 13: 167-181, 2000.