Amanda Ritchart

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Utterance-final rises that do not convey questions have been of interest to linguists for years, for many varieties of English. Though a popular stigma exists in the U.S. that this phenomenon is typical of Southern Californian (SoCal) speakers, no study has compared IP-final rise use in U.S. varieties in terms of frequency or phonetic realization. We(More)
BACKGROUND Stress is a contributing factor to many major health problems in the United States, such as heart disease, depression, and autoimmune diseases. Relaxation is often recommended in mental health treatment as a frontline strategy to reduce stress, thereby improving health conditions. Twitter is a microblog platform that allows users to post their(More)
This phenomenon, studied since at least Perlmutter (1968), has been subject to two broad types of analysis (see Pesetsky (forthcoming)). In one, the effect derives from constraints on the whdependency related to the hierarchical structure of the sentence, while in the other, it derives from constraints on the linear order of elements. In the latter type of(More)
In recent years, a great deal of attention has been paid to the use of rises on non-question utterances in American English, as well as other English varieties. However, little attention has been paid to this phenomenon in the speech of children acquiring American English (AmEng). Here we analyze elicited spontaneous speech from four mother-daughter pairs(More)
Moro is a Kordofanian language spoken in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. It has a vowel height harmony system that presents an intriguing challenge due to the dual nature of the central schwa vowel. Schwas in some morphemes can trigger vowel harmony, while schwas in other morphemes do not. In addition, schwas can appear with both sets of harmonic vowels within(More)
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