Jill Beckman

Jill Beckman
Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
PhD, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1998
555 English-Philosophy Building
Office Hours: 
Wednesday 12:00-3:00
Research Interests: 

phonology, phonetics, Optimality Theory, German laryngeal features, Speaking rate effects on Voice Onset Time

Current Courses: 

LING:3020:0001  Phonological Analysis  2:00-3:15 TTH  14 EPB

LING:5020:0001 Introduction to Phonology  11:00-12:15 TTH 402 EPB                


Current Research Projects: 
  • German laryngeal features
  • Speaking rate effects on Voice Onset Time
  • Laryngeal features and laryngeal contrast
  • Hindi laryngeal features
  • Positional neutralization and positional faithfulness in Optimality Theory
  • The Coda Condition      
Recent Publications: 

2013 "Empirical evidence for laryngeal features: Aspirating vs. true voice languages." Journal of Linguistics. (With Michael Jessen and Catherine Ringen.)

2011 (With P. Helgason, B. McMurray and C. Ringen) "Rate Effects on Swedish VOT: Evidence for Phonological Overspecification," Journal of Phonetics 39:39-49.

2009 (With M. Jessen and C. Ringen) "German Fricatives: Coda Devoicing or Positional Faithfulness?" Phonology 26 (2009), pp. 231-268. ©Cambridge University Press.

2006 (with M. Jessen and C. Ringen) "Phonetic Variation and Phonological Theory: German Fricative Voicing," in WCCFL 26 Proceedings.

2004 (with Catherine Ringen) "Contrast and Redundancy in Optimality Theory," in WCCFL 23 Proceedings.

2004 "The Case for Local Conjunction: Evidence from Fyem," in WCCFL 22 Proceedings, ed. by M. Tsujimura & G. Garding, pp. 56-69.

2004 "Positional Faithfulness," in Optimality Theory in Phonology: A Reader, ed. by J. McCarthy, pp. 310-342.

2002 "Partial Reduplication and Emergent Unmarkedness in Igbo Reduplication," in WCCFL 20 Proceedings, ed. by K. Megerdoomian & L.A. Bar-el, pp. 68-81.

1999 (With John Alderete, Laura Benua, Amalia Gnanadesikan, John McCarthy and Suzanne Urbanczyk.) "Reduplication and Segmental Markedness," Linguistic Inquiry 30:327-364.

1997 "Positional Faithfulness, Positional Neutralisation, and Shona Vowel Harmony," Phonology 14.1.