I'm a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique
in the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. I received my PhD in 2015 from the
Department of Linguistics at the Ohio State University. I also hold a MA (Hons) in Linguistics and
English Language from the University of Edinburgh.
My research program sits at the intersection between phonetics,
phonology, and psycholinguistics. In my
PhD dissertation, I investigated the cognitive source of frequency and predictability
effects in spoken language. More generally, I am interested in the ways
that frequency, predictability, and other usage-based factors influence
linguistic sound structures.
I maintain an active research agenda in intonation and prosody, investigating the relationships between predictability, context, and the phonetic realizations of prosodic contrasts.
I am also interested in documentation of Otomian languages, specifically
the variety of Otomi spoken in San Jeronimo Acazulco, Mexico State, Mexico.
This work is carried out in collaboration with
Magnus Pharao Hansen,
Ditte Boeg Thomsen, and Nestor Hernandez Green.
My CV in pdf format.
Rory Turnbull. (In press).
The role of predictability in intonational variability.
Language and Speech.
Seth J Weiner & Rory Turnbull. (2016).
Constraints of tones, vowels and consonants on lexical selection in Mandarin Chinese.
Language and Speech, 59(1): 59--82.
Rory Turnbull, Rachel Steindel Burdin, Cynthia G Clopper, & Judith Tonhauser. (2015).
Contextual predictability and the prosodic realisation of focus: A cross-linguistic comparison.
Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 30(9) :1061--1076.
Rachel Steindel Burdin, Rory Turnbull, & Cynthia G Clopper. (2015).
Interactions among lexical and discourse characteristics in vowel production.
Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA), 22, 060005.
Rachel Steindel Burdin, Sara Phillips-Bourass, Rory Turnbull, Murat Yasavul, Cynthia G Clopper, & Judith Tonhauser. (2015).
Variation in the prosody of focus in head- and head/edge-prominence languages.
Lingua, 165 (B): 254--276.
Rory Turnbull. (2015).
Patterns of individual differences in reduction: Implications for listener-oriented theories.
Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.
Jeffrey J Holliday & Rory Turnbull. (2015).
Effects of phonological neighborhood density on word production in Korean.
Proceedings fo the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.
Rory Turnbull, Adam J Royer, Kiwako Ito, & Shari R Speer. (2014).
Prominence perception in and out of context.
Proceedings of the 7th international conference on Speech Prosody, p1164--1168.
D Robert Ladd, Rory Turnbull, Charlotte Browne, Catherine Caldwell-Harris, Lesya Ganushchak, Kate Swoboda, Verity Woodfield, & Dan Dediu. (2013).
Patterns of individual differences in the perception of missing-fundamental tones.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 39 (5): 1386--1397.
Rory Turnbull & Cynthia G Clopper. (2013).
Effects of semantic predictability and dialect variation on vowel production in clear and plain lab speech.
Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA), 19: 060116.
Richard Littauer, Rory Turnbull & Alexis Palmer. (2012).
Visualising Typological Relationships: Plotting WALS with Heat Maps.
Proceedings of the European Association of Computational Linguistics 2012 Workshop on the Visualization of Linguistic Patterns, p30--34.
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