Karthik Durvasula

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In long-term memory, the phoneme units that make up words are coded for the distinctive features and feature values that are necessary to distinguish between words in the mental lexicon. Underspecification theory says that the phonemes that have unmarked feature values are even more abstract in that the feature is omitted from the representation altogether.(More)
Recent research using the phenomenon of illusory vowels has raised our awareness of the extent to which speech perception is modulated by the listener’s native-language phonological knowledge. However, most of the focus has been limited to word-level phonological knowledge. In this article, we suggest that the perceptual system recruits segmental(More)
Previous research shows that aspiration and sonorancy can have inconsistent consonantal effects on vowel F0 across languages, and even within the same language in different studies: they are reported to either lower F0, raise F0, or have neutral effects. This paper is interested in such inconsistent consonantal effects on vowel F0 in Cantonese and Mandarin.(More)
In the field of Mandarin Chinese (MC) loanword study, there is no consensus among researchers about tonal adaptation patterns. The purpose of the current study is to re-examine the syllable onset effect in MC native speakers’ online adaptation of English words. We suggest that there is a difference in the patterns that are observed in established loanwords(More)
Background The syllabic affiliation of ambisyllabic consonants is unclear (e.g., placid ["plæsId] & limit ["lImIt]). Standard analyses argue for their simultaneous linkage to the preceding and following syllables (Kahn 1976; Kenstowicz 1994). The analysis has been argued to receive support from meta-linguistic syllable boundary judgement tasks (Derwing(More)
Introduction Previous work has shown that listeners systematically “retune” their categorical boundaries when presented with real-word tokens containing an ambiguous segment. There have been multiple previous studies on this lexically-guided retuning (Jesse and McQueen 2011; McQueen et al. 2006; Norris et al. 2003), but most work thus far has assumed that(More)
Both phonological and morphological reasons have been suggested to account for mismatched elements in reduplicative outputs (e.g. gbóná is reduplicated as gbí-gbóná in Yoruba). However, the mismatched tonal sequences in Cantonese vocative reduplication are not amenable to either account (namely, the Emergence of the Unmarked account and the Morphological(More)
An ERP study investigated the processing of mass nouns used to convey 'portions' vs. 'sorts' interpretations in Icelandic. The sorts interpretation requires semantic Coercion to a count noun; the portions interpretation entails extra syntactic processing. Compared to a Neutral condition, Coercion escaped the expected penalty (N400), but the Extra Syntax(More)
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