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Dr. Kathleen Currie Hall

Associate Professor

Linguistics

Faculty of Arts

Research Themes: 

The Communicating Mind and Body

Kathleen’s research focuses on answering questions in theoretical phonology using techniques from a wide variety of areas, including experimental phonetics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, semantics, and information theory. She is especially interested in describing and quantifying phonological relationships and understanding the consequences of intermediate relationships for synchronic and diachronic sound patterns. She and several graduate students at UBC developed the software Phonological CorpusTools for doing fast, replicable phonological analyses on transcribed corpora. She is also invested in understanding the effect that being an information-transfer system has on the shape of phonological patterns.

Research Interests

Describing and quantifying phonological relationships and understanding the consequences of intermediate relationships for synchronic and diachronic sound patterns; understanding the effect that being an information-transfer system has on the shape of phonological patterns