The P-side research group is for students with interests in research in phonetics and phonology. The group meets once a week during the fall and spring semesters. The meeting time for Fall 2015 is Thursdays, 9:30-10:30.

About P-side

A typical P-side meeting might consist of:

  • one or two members giving an informal presentation of the current state of their research projects, followed by discussion and feedback from the group
  • a practice talk or practice poster session by someone who is preparing to go to a conference
  • group discussion of an article exploring a topic in phonetics or phonology


P-side participants are faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. If you are interested in joining the e-mail list for P-side meetings and announcements, contact Elliott Moreton or Jen Smith.

Some recent projects by P-side members

  • Prickett, Brandon (2014). The effect of complexity versus the effect of naturalness on phonotactic learning. Poster presented at the 22nd Manchester Phonology Meeting; University of Manchester, May 30.
  • Smith, Jennifer L., Elliott Moreton, Katya Pertsova, and Rachel Broad (2014). Emergent noun faithfulness in novel English blends. Paper presented at the 22nd Manchester Phonology Meeting; University of Manchester, May 31. [handout]
  • Reynolds, Amy (2014). Poster presented at the 8th North American Phonology Conference; Concordia University, May 10.
  • Moeng, Emily (2014). Acquiring phonemes: Is frequency or the lexicon the primary cue? Paper presented at the 38th Annual Penn Linguistics Conference; University of Pennsylvania, March 28-30. To be published in the Proceedings of the PLC. [handout]
  • Griffin, Jennifer (2014). Modeling phonological variation across lexical categories: The case of Spanish –s aspiration. Paper presented at the 6th Illinois Language and Linguistics Society Conference; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 4.
  • Moreton, Elliott, and Katya Pertsova (2012). Pastry phonotactics: Is phonological learning special? Paper presented at NELS 43; CUNY, October 19. [handout]
  • Smith, Jennifer L. (2012). The obstruent sonority paradox as a markedness interaction effect. Paper presented at the 20th Manchester Phonology Meeting; University of Manchester, May 24. [handout]
  • Griffin, Jennifer (2012). Tying perception data and production frequencies together: The relationship between Puerto Rican Spanish in North Carolina and Panama City Spanish. Paper presented at 2012 Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina (SLINKI); UNC Wilmington, January 21.
  • Kohn, Mary, and Charlie Farrington (2011). The socio-regional distribution of African American vowel systems in Piedmont, North Carolina. Paper presented at NWAV 40: New Ways of Analyzing Language Variation; Georgetown, October 29. [abstract]