Jennifer Bellik
University of California, Santa Cruz
Department of Linguistics


My dissertation argues (from ultrasound, acoustic & corpus evidence) that complex onset repair in Turkish is rooted in gestural timing. I also work on the syntax-prosody interface and on memory for prosodic features.

Gradience and variability in onset cluster repair in Turkish

My dissertation presents acoustic, ultrasound, and corpus evidence that vowels that repair complex onsets in Turkish result from gestural timing relations and lack a gestural target.

SPOT (Syntax-Prosody for OTWorkplace)

In joint work with Nick Kalivoda and Ozan Bellik, we have developed SPOT, a JavaScript application for automatic candidate generation and violation assessement for trees. SPOT is designed for work on the syntax-prosody interface, and interfaces with OT programs like OT Workplace for calculation of typologies, etc.

[SPOT html interface] / [Sample JavaScript syntactic trees] / [Github project page].

Memory for prosodic features

Joint work with Tom Roberts. Work on verbatim memory has found that memory for content is much more robust than memory for surface features. Yet people do remember surface features at rates greater than chance. How does this finding extend to prosodic information, such as stress shift and focal pitch accent? Our on-going experiments address these questions with acoustic stimuli and a recognition task.

An ultrasound investigation of Irish palatalization

Research assistant for a NSF-funded project headed by Ryan Bennett, Grant McGuire, Máire Ní Chiosáin and Jaye Padgett, using ultrasound to document and analyze the robust phonological contrast between palatalized and velarized consonants in Irish.

[project website]

Feature domains and covert harmony

In certain Turkish roots, /a/ fails to trigger the expected back harmony on suffixes, and instead front suffixes are required. To account for this, I propose that feature domains are present not only in the output of phonology (as suggested in several existing theories of vowel harmony), but also in the input.

Feature domains and lexically conditioned transparency in Turkish (2018). Proceedings of the Workshop on Turkish, Turkic and the languages of Turkey (Tu+1).

[abstract] / [handout] / [poster]

Resumptive pronoun comprehension

An experiment to investigate processing of resumptive pronouns in English, in particular, the hypothesis that they facilicate comprehension. This work is a collaboration with Jeff Adler, Steven Foley, and Kelsey Kraus.

[slides presented at UCSC's s/lab]