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 prediction and context shape spoken words and linguistic systems. My current work focuses on phonetic reduction and enhancement, voice quality and voicing acoustics, and paradigmatic effects in speech production.

Call for abstracts: I'm organizing a workshop on the role of predictability in phonetic and phonological variation, and we're looking for abstracts now.


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. F. (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) ]

Upcoming and recent presentations

Seyfarth, S., Vander Klok, J., & Garellek, M. (2018). Investigating the relation between morphophonology and phonetics in Javanese verb prefixes. Talk to be presented at the 40th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society, session on Variation and Phonetic Detail in Spoken Morphology. Stuttgart, Germany.

Seyfarth, S., Vander Klok, J., & Garellek, M. (2017). Acoustics of the tense-lax stop contrast in Semarang Javanese. Poster presented at the 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. New Orleans, LA.

Seyfarth, S., & Garellek, M. (2017). Plosive voicing acoustics and voice quality in Yerevan Armenian. Talk presented at the 41st Annual Penn Linguistics Conference. Philadelphia, PA.


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