Claire Moore-Cantwell
clairemoorecantwell at gmail dot com
CV: (pdf)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Linguistics, Simon Fraser University

Research interests:

I study how exceptionful or probabilistic generalizations over linguistic objects are learned, and how they are represented in the adult linguistic system. I am especially interested in phonological patterns that exhibit variation across rather than within lexical items (for example, English stress). In patterns like these, competent speakers must learn both the general pattern, and the behavior of individual words.

I am also interested in prosodic structure, both at the level of the word, and of the sentence. I am particularly interested in the process of planning and implementing prosodic structure during sentence production.


and I organized a special session on learning lexical specificity in phonology at the 2017 LSA annual meeting, in Austin, TX. You can find slides from the talks here.


(ordered by date of most recent output)

2017. with Lisa Sanders. Effects of probabilistic phonology on the perception of words and nonwords ( Project page )
2017. with Brian W. Smith Emergent idiosyncracy in English comparatives. ( Project page )
2017. Concurrent learning of the lexicon and phonology. ( Project page )
2016. with Joe Pater. Gradient Exceptionality in Maximum Entropy Grammar with Lexically Specific Constraints. ( Project page )
2016. Contexts for epenthesis in Harmonic Serialism. ( Project page )
2016. The representation of probabilistic phonological patterns: Neurological, behavioral, and computational evidence from the English stress system. Doctoral dissertation, University of Massachusetts Amherst. ( full text )
2016. with Lisa Sanders, Joe Pater, Robert Staubs and Benjamin Zobel. Event-related potential evidence of abstract phonological learning in the laboratory. ( Project page )
2015. The phonological grammar is probabilistic: New evidence pitting abstract representation against analogy. ( Project page )
2014. with Robert Staubs. Modeling morphological subgeneralizations. ( Project page )
2013. Syntactic probability influences duration: Production of prosodic boundaries in clefted structures ( Project page )
2011. with Bruce Hayes Gerard Manley Hopkins's sprung rhythm: corpus study and stochastic grammar. ( Project page )
2011. Over- and Under-generalization in derivational morphology. ( Project page )