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Shelece EASTERDAY

Post-doctoral researcher

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shelece.easterday@cnrs.fr

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  Training and professional background
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  Awards and research grants
  Participation in research projects
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My research interests include phonological typology, language change, and linguistic complexity. I am particularly interested in rare and/or complex phonological phenomena, and investigate these in samples that include language families and regions which are traditionally underrepresented in our field.

I graduated from University of New Mexico in May 2017 with a Ph.D. in linguistics. My dissertation, entitled "Highly complex syllable structure: a typological study of its phonological characteristics and diachronic development," is a cross-linguistic study investigating the properties of and motivations behind rare syllable patterns in which long sequences of consonants occur.

At DDL I am working on a project entitled A typological investigation of the role of morphology in syllable complexity. This project explores interactions between morphology and syllable patterns in a diverse language sample, with the aim of addressing how different morphological processes and strategies may contribute to both synchronic variation in syllable complexity and the diachronic development of complex phonotactics.


TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND


 

Etudes

  • 2011-2017: Ph.D. Linguistics, University of New Mexico, USA.
    Dissertation: Highly complex syllable structure: a typological study of its phonological characteristics and diachronic development.
    Committee: Caroline Smith (chair, University of New Mexico), William Croft (University of New Mexico), Joan Bybee (University of New Mexico), Ian Maddieson (University of New Mexico and University of California, Berkeley), and Ioana Chitoran (Université Paris Diderot).
  • 2008-2010: M.A. Linguistics, University of New Mexico, USA.
  • 2000-2004: B.S. Physics, University of Notre Dame, USA.

 

Formations

  • 2012: Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang) and Amazigh practicum. Lawrence, KS, USA.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS


 

Phonological typology

 

Linguistic complexity

 

Language change

 

Phonetics/phonology interface

 

Syllable structure

 

Speech rhythm

 

Holistic typologies of language

 

Indigenous languages of North America

 

Underrepresented language families and regions

 

Language endangerment

 

SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES


 

2015: Student Committee Member, 11th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology. August 1-3, 2015; Albuquerque, USA.

 

2011: Steering Committee Member and Abstract and Program Chair, 18th Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium. May 20-22, 2011; Albuquerque, USA.

 

2010: Co-organizer and Chair, 9th High Desert Linguistics Society Conference. November 4-6, 2010; Albuquerque, USA.

 

AWARDS AND RESEARCH GRANTS


 

2017-present: LabEx ASLAN postdoctoral fellowship.

 

2017: Student Research Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Association, University of New Mexico.

 

2016: Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship, Bilinski Educational Foundation.

 

2011: Joseph H. Greenberg Endowed Fellowship, University of New Mexico.

 

PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS


 

2010-2017: Linguistic consultation for development of dictionary database of Nanbé Tewa and associated pedagogical materials. Nanbé Tewa Language Program, Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico, USA.

 

2009-2011: Project Assistant, development of Allophon database. With Joan Bybee. University of New Mexico, USA.

 

TEACHING


 

2014-2016: Department of Linguistics, University of New Mexico, USA
Teaching Assistant

  • Phonological Analysis (40h) Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
  • Introduction to the Study of Language (40h); Fall 2014

 

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PhDs and master thesis
 

Easterday, S., 2017, "Highly complex syllable structure: a typological study of its phonological characteristics and development.", Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Linguistics, University of New Mexico


Conferences with proceedings
 

Easterday, S., Timm, J. & Maddieson, I., 2011, "The effects of phonological structure on the acoustic correlates of rhythm."17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Hong Kong, August 17-21, pp. 623-626


Conference presentations
 

Easterday, S., 2017, "The relationship between syllable structure complexity and vowel reduction processes.", 2nd Conference of Phonetics and Phonology in Europe (PaPE), Cologne, Germany, June 12-14


 

Easterday, S., 2017, "Highly complex syllable structure: a motivated and stable feature.", IPS Workshop on Abstraction, Diversity, and Speech Dynamics, Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany, May 3-5


 

Easterday, S., 2017, "Elaborating upon the 'consonantal' versus 'vocalic' phonological typology", 12th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology, Canberra, Australia, December 12-14


 

Easterday, S., 2015, "Phonological correlates of highly complex syllable structure", 11th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology, Albuquerque, USA, August 1-3


 

Easterday, S. & Napoleão de Souza, R., 2015, "Is there evidence for a hierarchy in the synchronic patterning of syllable onsets?", 11th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology, Albuquerque, USA, August 1-3




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