Lamia Haddad Johnston

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All human languages have restrictions on sound sequences, called phonotactic constraints. Knowledge of phonotactic constraints is typically tested using pseudoword rating tasks, e.g., an English speaker might be asked to rate acceptability or wordlikeness of the phonotactically illegal /bnɪk/ and the phonotactically legal /blɪk/. We introduce a new method(More)
A three-mirror system is described which is capable of rotating the polarization angle of a beam through any angle from 0 degrees to 360 degrees , with the output beam line coaxial with the input beam. Calculations are made of metallic reflective phase shifts, from the midvisible through ir, showing that this rotator would introduce negligible elliptical(More)
It has been argued that words that contain difficultto-pronounce sound sequences may be avoided in production, causing words with difficult phonotactics to drop out of the language at a disproportionate rate. We argue that there is also an opposing pressure favoring phonetically unusual words. We show that, at least for adults, word learning is more(More)
Phonotactic knowledge is typically tested using metalinguistic wordlikeness judgment tasks. We introduce a new method for testing phonotactics, where subjects are asked to match a set of pictures of novel objects with a larger set of pseudowords, only some of which are phonotactically legal. The subjects tend to pick the pseudowords that are phonotactically(More)
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