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Dr. Nancy Hall

Dr. Nancy Hall

Title: Associate Professor & Undergraduate Advisor
Office Location: PSY 217
Phone Number: (562) 985- 2656
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BA in Near Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University,  1997
PhD in Linguistics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst,  2003

Teaching/Research Interests:

My primary research interests are in the area of phonology and phonetics. I received a 3-year NSF grant to study vowels in dialects of Levantine Arabic. I am also interested in the phonetics and phonology of English rhotics.

Courses Taught:

LING 100: The Nature of Language
LING 329: Language Acquisition
LING 401: Corpus Linguistics
LING 420: Phonology
LING 426: History of the English Language
LING 438: Psycholinguistics
LING 610: Historical Linguistics
LING 625: Seminar in Phonetics and Phonology


forthcoming. Articulatory Phonology [chapter]. To appear in Routledge Handbook of Phonological Theory, ed. Anna Bosch and S. J. Hannahs. Publication slated for 2017.

2017. Phonetic neutralization in Palestinian Arabic vowel shortening, with implications for lexical organization. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 2(1): 48. 1–23.

2017. Nancy Hall, Nancy Vasquez, Muhammad Damanhuri, Francisco Aguirre, Connor Tree. Long-distance Liquid Coarticulation in American English. Proceedings of AMP 2016

2013. Acoustic differences between lexical and epenthetic vowels in Lebanese Arabic. Journal of Phonetics 41:2, pp 133-143.

2012. Perceptual errors or deliberate avoidance? Types of English /r/-dissimilation. Proceedings of the Thirty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, February 8-10 2008. pp. 133-144.

2011. Vowel epenthesis. In Marc van Oostendorp, Colin J. Ewen, Elizabeth Hume & Keren Rice (eds.) The Blackwell companion to phonology. 5 vols. Malden, MA & Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 1576–1596.

2010. Articulatory Phonology. Language and Linguistic Compass 4/9. pp. 818–830.

2009. (with Maria Gouskova) An acoustic study of epenthetic and underlying vowels in Lebanese Arabic. In Steve Parker, ed., Phonological Argumentation Essays on Evidence and Motivation. Equinox.

2007. Lexical selection for left-edge stress in children. In L. Bateman, M. O’Keefe, E. Reilly and A. Werle, eds., Papers in Optimality Theory3. University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers. Amherst, MA: GLSA.

2006. Cross-linguistic patterns of vowel intrusion. Phonology 23: 387-429. PDF pre-print

2003. Gestures and segments: vowel intrusion as overlap (doctoral dissertation)

2001. MAX-Position drives iterative footing. In K. Megerdoomian and L. A. Bar-el, eds, WCCFL 20 Proceedings, pp. 248-261. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Professional Activities, Awards, & Affiliations:

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 1998-2001.