I’m a computational and theoretical phonologist, and a Senior Lecturer at Linguistics and Modern Languages at the University of Huddersfield.

My research focuses on computational and theoretical phonology. In particular, I am interested in using computational models and learnability to infer properties of grammars as a form of hidden structure learning. My 2016 UMass Amherst dissertation focused on the extension of hidden structure learning techniques to the learning of phonological features, opacity, and exceptionality.

In phonological theory, I am interested in representations, especially metrical representations, and language-specific, bottom-up evidence for them. In an ongoing project, I explore evidence from Dutch for a category between the foot and the syllable. In another ongoing collaborative project, Gaja Jarosz and I look at how insights from Expectation Maximization can shape our view of evidence for metrical parameter settings given data.

Please feel free to take a look at my Papers page for downloadable papers and handouts, and please take a look at my Teaching page for syllabi and information about courses. My CV can be found here, and click here for contact information. Finally, click here for some information about me.


Author: Aleksei Nazarov

Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto

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