Scott Seyfarth

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I'm a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Linguistics at Ohio State University. My research interests are in phonetics, psycholinguistics, and laboratory phonology.

I study how predictability and communication lead to conventionalized morpho-phonological patterns, and more generally how prediction shapes spoken words and linguistic systems. My phonetics research focuses on the acoustics of voicing contrasts.


Seyfarth, S. & Garellek, M. (in press). Plosive voicing acoustics and voice quality in Yerevan Armenian. Journal of Phonetics.

Turnbull, R., Seyfarth, S., Hume, E., & Jaeger, T. (2018). Nasal place assimilation trades off inferrability of both target and trigger words. Laboratory Phonology, 9(1):15, 1-27. [ doi ] [ paper (pdf) ]

Case, J., Seyfarth, S., & Levi, S. (2018). Does implicit voice learning improve spoken language processing? Implications for clinical practice. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 61, 1251-1260. [ doi ]

Seyfarth, S., Garellek, M., Gillingham, G., Ackerman, F., & Malouf, R. (2018). Acoustic differences in morphologically-distinct homophones. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 33(1), 32-49. [ doi ] [ paper (pdf) ] [ stimuli (zip) ]

Garellek, M. & Seyfarth, S. (2016). Acoustic differences between English /t/ glottalization and phrasal creak. Proceedings of Interspeech 2016. [ paper (pdf) ]

Seyfarth, S., Buz, E., & Jaeger, T. (2016). Dynamic hyperarticulation of coda voicing contrasts. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 139(2), EL31-37. [ doi ] [ paper (pdf) ]

Seyfarth, S. & Garellek, M. (2015). Coda glottalization in American English. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. [ paper (pdf) ]

Malouf, R., Ackerman, F., & Seyfarth, S. (2015). Explaining the number hierarchy. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [ paper (pdf) ]

Seyfarth, S. (2014). Word informativity influences acoustic duration: Effects of contextual predictability on lexical representation. Cognition, 133(1), 140-155. [ doi ] [ paper (pdf) ]

Seyfarth, S. & Myslin, M. (2014). Discriminative learning predicts human recognition of English blend sources. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. [ paper (pdf) ]

Seyfarth, S., Ackerman, F., & Malouf, R. (2014). Implicative organization facilitates morphological learning. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. [ abstract (pdf) ] [ paper (pdf) ]

Rohde, H., Seyfarth, S., Clark, B., Jäger, G., & Kaufmann, S. (2012). Communicating with cost-based implicature: a game-theoretic approach to ambiguity. Proceedings of the 16th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue. [ paper (pdf) ]


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