Current Projects

Perception of Pitch Contours in Speech & Nonspeech

The pitch perception literature has been largely built on experimental data collected using nonspeech stimuli, which has then been generalized to speech. In the present study, we compare the perceptibility of identical pitch movements in speech and nonspeech that vary in duration and in pitch range. For more information, please see: [OSF #1] & [OSF #2]


Typological Effects on Perceptual Facilitation of Pitch

As a logical extension to our other work in the domain of pitch perception, we will compare the responses of speech and nonspeech in native Mandarin speakers to data collected using the same stimuli from native English speakers. For more information, please see: [OSF]


The Status of Prosody in the Mental Lexicon

Which prosodic dimensions of the speech signal are encoded in long term memory? Do we encode and attend to all acoustic information equally, or do we differentially weight dimensions of the speech signal? I will propose that prosody has a special status in long term memory due in large part to its temporal encoding, and I will argue in favor of a hybrid model of mental representation on the basis of a family of distributional learning experiments.





  • Chongwon Park and Daniel Turner, When Richard met CG: Reference-point and English copy raising, Language and Cognition 9.3, pp. 473–500. [PDF]



  • A Hell of a Day: the referential identity of English binominal phrases.
    • With Chongwon Park. At ICLC 13, University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK.


  • Active Zone and English Copy Raising
    • With Chongwon Park. At UKCL 5, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.

M.A. Thesis

  • Positing a Cognitive Alternative to Binding Theory 
    • University of Minnesota Duluth, 2012.