Jennifer L. Smith

Here are some of the topics that I work on. A brief description of each topic can be found on my research interests page. To see the papers and handouts related to each topic, please click on the links below.

Papers: All topics

(in press) Wh prosody is not focus prosody in Fukuoka Japanese. To appear in Michael Kenstowicz, Ted Levin, and Ryo Masuda (eds.), Japanese/Korean Linguistics 23. Stanford: CSLI Publications. Pre-publication version: PDF

(2014) Prototypical predicates have unmarked phonology. In John Kingston, Claire Moore-Cantwell, Joe Pater, and Robert Staubs (eds.), Supplemental Proceedings of the 2013 Meeting on Phonology, article #37. Washington, DC: Linguistic Society of America. [] Local link: PDF

(2013) Fukuoka Japanese wh prosody in production and perception. Lingua 124: 96-130. Pre-publication version: PDF

(2012) Empirical approaches to Fukuoka Japanese wh prosody. In Matthew A. Tucker, Anie Thompson, Oliver Northrup, and Ryan Bennett (eds.), Proceedings of FAJL 5, 251-272. Cambridge, MA: MITWPL. Pre-publication version: PDF

(2012) The formal definition of the ONSET constraint and implications for Korean syllable structure. In Toni Borowsky, Shigeto Kawahara, Takahito Shinya, and Mariko Sugahara (eds.), Prosody Matters: Essays in Honor of Elisabeth Selkirk, 73-108. London: Equinox. Pre-publication version: PDF

[Jennifer L. Smith and Elliott Moreton]
(2012) Sonority variation in Stochastic Optimality Theory: Implications for markedness hierarchies. In Steve Parker (ed.), The Sonority Controversy, 167-194. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. Pre-publication version: PDF

(2011) Category-specific effects. In Marc van Oostendorp, Colin Ewen, Beth Hume, and Keren Rice (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Phonology, 2439-2463. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Pre-publication version: PDF

(2011) [+wh] complementizers drive phonological phrasing in Fukuoka Japanese. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 29(2): 545-559. Pre-publication version: PDF

(2009) Source similarity in loanword adaptation: Correspondence Theory and the posited source-language representation. In Steve Parker (ed.), Phonological Argumentation: Essays on Evidence and Motivation, 155-177. London: Equinox. [Please contact me if you would like a copy of the paper.] abstract (plain text)

(2008) Markedness, faithfulness, positions, and contexts: Lenition and fortition in Optimality Theory. In Joaquim Brandão de Carvalho, Tobias Scheer, and Philippe Ségéral (eds.), Lenition and Fortition, 519-560. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. [Please contact me if you would like a copy of the paper.] abstract (plain text)

(2008) Phonological constraints are not directly phonetic. In Proceedings of CLS 41 (vol. 1), 457-471. Rutgers Optimality Archive #779. PDF

[Elliott Moreton, Gary Feng, and Jennifer L. Smith]
(2008) Syllabification, sonority, and perception: new data from a language game. In Proceedings of CLS 41 (vol. 1), 341-355. Rutgers Optimality Archive #829. PDF

(2007) Representational complexity in syllable structure and its consequences for Gen and Con. In Sylvia Blaho, Patrik Bye and Martin Krämer (eds.), Freedom of Analysis?, 257-280. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Pre-publication version available as Rutgers Optimality Archive #800. PDF

(2006) Correspondence Theory vs. cyclic OT: Beyond morphological derivation. In Chris Davis, Amy Rose Deal, and Youri Zabbal (eds.), Proceedings of NELS 36, vol. 2, 531-545. Amherst, MA: GLSA. PDF

(2006) Loan phonology is not all perception: Evidence from Japanese loan doublets. In Timothy J. Vance and Kimberly A. Jones (eds.), Japanese/Korean Linguistics 14, 63-74. Stanford: CSLI. Pre-publication version available as Rutgers Optimality Archive #729. PDF

(2005) Comments on "Syntax-phonology interfaces in Busan Korean and Fukuoka Japanese" by Tomoyuki Kubo. In Shigeki Kaji (ed.), Cross-Linguistic Studies on Tonal Phenomena IV, 211-219. Tokyo: ILCAA. PDF

(2005) On the WH-question intonational domain in Fukuoka Japanese: Some implications for the syntax-prosody interface. In Shigeto Kawahara (ed.), Papers on Prosody. UMass Occasional Papers in Linguistics (UMOP) 30, 219-237. Amherst, MA: GLSA. PDF

(2004) Making constraints positional: Toward a compositional model of CON. Lingua 114(12): 1433-1464.

The above paper is a revised version of:
(2003) Toward a compositional treatment of positional constraints: The case of positional augmentation. In Angela Carpenter, Andries Coetzee, and Paul de Lacy (eds.), Papers in Optimality Theory II. UMass Occasional Papers in Linguistics (UMOP) 26, 337-370. Amherst, MA: GLSA. Rutgers Optimality Archive #550 [2002]. PDF

(2003) Onset sonority constraints and subsyllabic structure. Revised version of paper presented at the Ninth International Phonology Meeting; University of Vienna, November 3, 2002. Rutgers Optimality Archive #608. PDF

(2002) Phonological Augmentation in Prominent Positions. PhD dissertation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

(2001) Lexical category and phonological contrast. In Robert Kirchner, Joe Pater, and Wolf Wikely (eds.), Papers in Experimental and Theoretical Linguistics 6: Workshop on the Lexicon in Phonetics and Phonology, 61-72. Edmonton: University of Alberta. Rutgers Optimality Archive #728. PDF

(2000) Positional faithfulness and learnability in Optimality Theory. In Rebecca Daly and Anastasia Riehl (eds.), Proceedings of ESCOL 99, 203-214. Ithaca: CLC Publications. PDF

(2000) Prominence, augmentation, and neutralization in phonology. In Lisa Conathan, Jeff Good, Darya Kavitskaya, Alyssa Wulf, and Alan Yu (eds.), Proceedings of BLS 26, 247-257. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Linguistics Society. [Published version has formatting errors; corrected version available as Rutgers Optimality Archive #727 (2005).] PDF

(1999) Noun faithfulness and accent in Fukuoka Japanese. In Sonya Bird, Andrew Carnie, Jason D. Haugen, and Peter Norquest (eds.), Proceedings of WCCFL XVIII, 519-531. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. PDF

(1998) Noun faithfulness and word stress in Tuyuca. In Jennifer Austin and Aaron Lawson (eds.), Proceedings of ESCOL 97, 180-191. Ithaca: CLC Publications. PDF

(1998) Noun faithfulness: Evidence from accent in Japanese dialects. In Noriko Akatsuka, Hajime Hoji, Shoichi Iwasaki, Sung-Ock Sohn, and Susan Strauss (eds.), Japanese/Korean Linguistics 7, 611-627. Stanford: CSLI. PDF

(1997) Noun faithfulness: On the privileged behavior of nouns in phonology. Ms., University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Rutgers Optimality Archive #242. PDF

Selected handouts and posters: All topics

(2014) Prosody vs. segments in laboratory learning of category-specific phonology. Poster presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain; Oxford University, September 5. PDF

[Jennifer L. Smith, Elliott Moreton, Katya Pertsova, and Rachel Broad]
(2014) Emergent noun faithfulness in novel English blends. Handout from presentation at the 22nd Manchester Phonology Meeting; University of Manchester, May 31. PDF

(2013) Prototypical predicates have unmarked phonology. Poster presentation at Phonology 2013; UMass Amherst, November 10. PDF

(2012) Parts of speech in phonology. Handout from presentation at the 17th LIPP Symposium "Parts of Speech across Languages, in Acquisition, Mind and Brain;" LMU, Munich, July 6. PDF

(2012) The obstruent sonority paradox as a markedness interaction effect. Handout from presentation at the 20th Manchester Phonology Meeting; University of Manchester, May 24. PDF

(2012) Lexical categories in phonology: Blocking and triggering classes. Poster presentation at the 7th North American Phonology Conference; Concordia University, May 4. PDF

(2010) A quantitative study of the wh prosody/scope correlation in Fukuoka Japanese. Handout from presentation at Workshop on Prosody, Syntax and Information Structure IV; University of Delaware, September 18. PDF

(2010) Phonology knows about lexical categories. Poster presentation at the 18th Manchester Phonology Meeting; University of Manchester, May 22. [Poster and handout have same content but different formatting.] poster (PDF) handout (PDF)

(2008) Fukuoka Japanese wh questions: Implications for the syntax-phonology interface. Handout from colloquium talk at Stony Brook University; October 3. PDF

(2008) Positional and contextual constraints: Evidence from lenition. Handout from poster presentation at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America; Chicago, January 5. PDF

(2007) Accent deletion and phrase formation in Fukuoka Japanese WH constructions. Handout from presentation at the Workshop on Prosody, Syntax and Information Structure III; Indiana University, September 15. PDF

(2004) Functional grounding in the phonology: Evidence from positional augmentation. Handout from presentation at the GLOW 2004 Workshop on Markedness in Phonology; Aristotle University (Thessaloniki), April 18. PDF

(2003) The formal and the functional in onset sonority constraints. Handout from presentation at the LSA 2003 Annual Meeting, Atlanta, January 5. PDF

(1999) Tone and WH-questions in Fukuoka dialects. Handout from presentation at Workshop on Japanese Prosody; UMass, Amherst, January 22. PDF

(1998) Copying without reduplication: Fanqie language formation in Chinese. Handout from presentation at RumJClam [Rutgers-UMass OT workshop] III, February 28. PDF

(1998) Fanqie secret languages and reduplication (revisited). Handout from presentation at UMass Phonology Group, October 23. (Somewhat incomplete) follow-up to above. PDF

(1997) Markedness and liquid alternations in Korean: Implications for the representation of ambisyllabicity. Handout from poster presentation at the Hopkins Optimality Workshop/University of Maryland Mayfest; Baltimore, May 11. PDF