Phlunch (Phonetics and Phonology Lunch) is an informal discussion and reading group at UCSC dedicated to new research in phonetics and phonology.


WINTER 2019:  Fridays, 9:00 -10:00 a.m.


Linguistics Common Room (STEV 249)
Stevenson College

University of California, Santa Cruz
Department of Linguistics


FALL 2018

12/03   Haruo Kubuzono, The vocative and question intonation in Japanese

11/30   Jérémie Beauchamp, Epenthesis in Kisedje

11/12   Junko Ito and Armin Mester will give a practice WECOL talk on syntax-prosody faithfulness.

11/05   Grant McGuire will present on his current research. 

10/29   Richard Bibbs will present work in progress on laryngeal segments in Chamorro.

10/22   Maho Morimoto will present a poster detailing her recent work on Japanese.

10/08   Andrew Hedding will present work in progress on prosody in San Martín Peras Mixtec.

SPRING 2018 

5/25     AMP Abstract Workshop       

5/11     Nick Kalivoda will be leading a discussion of Abrahamsen (2015), "Compound Stress in a Norwegian Variety of Esperanto."   

4/27     Grant McGuire will be leading a discussion of Sumner and Kataoka (2013)—Effects of phonetically-cued talker variation on semantic encoding.


3/05     Jenny Bellik will present joint work with Nick Kalivoda, entitled "SPOT: a computational tool for Syntax Prosody in OT"

2/20     Jenny Bellik will be presenting

2/05     Netta Ben-Meir will lead a discussion of a paper titled "Phonetic neutralization in Palestinian Arabic vowel shortening, with implications for lexical organization" (Hall 2017)

1/29     Grant McGuire will be leading a discussion of the paper "Individual differences and patterns of convergence in prosody perception" (Roy, Cole, and Mahrt 2017)

1/22     Nick Van Handel will be leading a discussion of Wagner et al (2006), a paper titled "Formant transitions in fricative identification: The role of native fricative inventory”

FALL 2017

11/27   Aaron Kaplan (Assistant Professor, University of Utah) will be giving a talk titled "Positional Licensing in Harmonic Grammar"

11/13   Andrew Angeles will be leading a discussion of "Postfocal Downstep in German" (Kügler and Féry 2017)

10/30   Ryan Bennett will be leading a discussion of Shaw and Kawahara (2018), an experimental study of devoiced vowels in Japanese 

10/23   Nick Kalivoda will present his work on "Transparency and Opacity in Hiatus Resolution"

10/09   John Alderete (Simon Fraser University) will be giving a guest lecture in Phlunch entitled "Phonological regularity, perceptual biases, and the role of phonological grammar in speech error analysis"


6/9 Eric Bakovic (UCSD), fellow UC phonologist, and UCSC undergraduate alum, will be giving a talk on 'A set-theoretic typology of phonological map interaction' (joint work with Lev Blumenfeld).

5/26 Fellow UC phonetician Georgia Zellou (UC Davis) will present a talk on 'Individual differences in production and perception of coarticulatory variation.'

5/12 Jenny Bellik will present on 'Danish stod in recursive prosodic words.' (Joint work with Nick Kalivoda)

5/5 Luc Baronian (UniversitÈ du QuÈbec ‡ Chicoutimi/Stanford University) will be presenting on 'The case for Secondary Stress in Louisiana French' (Joint work with Nicolas Royer-Artuso, UniversitÈ Laval)

4/28 NazarrÈ Merchant (Eckerd College) will present a talk on 'Representing Stringency Hierarchies Using Property Analysis.'

4/21 Andrew Hedding will lead discussion on Jardine (2016): "Computationally, Tone is Different."

4/14 Maho Morimoto will present on 'Acoustics of geminated liquids in Japanese.' Abstract is below

4/7 Ingo Plag (University of Duesseldorf, Germany) will be delivering a talk on 'Beyond morpho-phonology: Phonetic detail and morphological structure.'


3/10 USC Grad Student, Peter Guekguezian, to present on 3/10 at Phlunch on "Prosodic Effects of Syntactic Cyclicity Inside the Word."

2/24 Brian Smith will be leading discussion on 'Expressing Evolution in Pokemon Names: Experimental Explorations’ by Kawahara and Kumagai 2016.

2/17 Jeff Adler will discuss Chen,Halberstam, and Yu (2016): Perceived Masculinity Predicts U.S. Supreme Court Outcomes.

2/10 Nick Van Handel will lead discussion on 'Mechanisms of interaction in speech production,' by Baese-Berk & Goldrick 2009.

2/3 Nick Kalivoda will present on 'Quantity in Old Norse and modern peninsular North Germanic,' from Kristoffersen (2011).

1/27 Steven Foley will lead discussion on 'Focus and Intonation in Georgian: Constituent Structure and Prosodic Realization,' by Skopeteas and Fery 2016.

FALL 2016

12/2 Jed Pizarro-Guevara will be presenting tomorrow, for our final Phlunch of the quarter, on (Un)doing phonology in spoken word recognition: (A pilot of) an auditory masked priming study in Dabaw Bisaya!

11/18 Kie Zuraw will be joining us to discuss her recent paper with Stephanie Shih 2016 "Phonological conditions on variable adjective and noun word order in Tagalog." 2016

11/4 Andrew Hedding will be leading discussion on Rasin & Katzir (2016): On Evaluation Methods in Optimality Theory.

10/28 Brian Smith, will be leading discussion on McPherson's 2015 'Cumulativity and ganging in the tonology of Awa suffixes.'

10/21 Maho Morimoto, will present some new research on 'The acoustics of liquid geminates.'

10/13 Grant McGuire will lead discussion on "What are the letters of speech? Testing the role of phonological specification and phonetic similarity in perceptual learning," by Mitterer, Cho, and Kim

10/7 Nick Kalivoda will be leading discussion this week on Ito & Mester 2015: The perfect prosodic word in Danish.

9/30 Jeff Adler, will lead discussion on Tilsen (2016) 'Selection and Coordination: The articulatory basis for the emergence of phonological structure.'