Kelly Berkson

Kelly Berkson

Assistant Professor, Linguistics


  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2013

Research interests

My research investigates the production and perception of typologically rare speech sounds and contrasts. This endeavor is critically informed both by phonetics (which studies the physical properties of speech sounds) and by phonology (which studies the abstract representation and organization thereof). Using instrumental acoustic analysis, perception tasks deployed in the laboratory, and computational analysis of corpus data, I investigate the complex connections between the physical instantiation, perception/interpretation, and phonotactic distribution of these sounds in languages where they do occur.