Alicia L. Chatten Linguist 

Hello! I'm Alicia, a fourth-year doctoral student in the

Department of Linguistics at New York University.


My primary line of work is in the phonology-phonetics interface (especially as it relates to metrical stress), the phonology-morphology interface (especially reduplication) computational modeling, and language variation. 

More specifically, my recent research has focused on typological approaches to metrical phonology and the asymmetries that emerge from these typologies, especially the cases of stress clash in quantity-insensitive languages. I am also interested in the cognitive underpinnings of the perception of speech sounds, and am working on a collaborative project using MEG to investigate the effect of speech rate on phonological commitment and memory. These projects are tied together under broader questions about what the underlying timekeepers of speech sounds might look like (that is, the 'rhythm' part of what's sometimes referred to as the stress/rhythm distinction), focusing on scientifically-measurable variables. 

In my work on morphosyntactic variation, I have been a part of a team investigating the choice between preterite and participle forms of verbs in specific past tense contexts; this paper has been accepted to the journal American Speech [preprint here] [earlier poster version here]

In addition, I have a long-term project in phonological theory that looks at subtypes of reduplication, particularly what we call `echo reduplication'. This project has two primary goals: (i) to work on building a typology of known patterns to facilitate comparison and (ii) to question the assumptions (and details) of our theories of phonological correspondence. 

I graduated in 2017 from Washington University in St. Louis with my B.A. in linguistics, Spanish, and music. My senior honors thesis (titled Generating Phenomenal Accent Patterns for Typological Analysis) applied theoretical distinctions from music theory to linguistic metrical stress theory via a computational approach. This project was advised by Brett Hyde and Kristin Van Engen. I have continued to develop this work in graduate school [handout from conference talk here]


In my non-academic time, I'm a performer, writer, and audience member for various kinds of music and other performing arts. I also enjoy cooking and writing about food, and you can sometimes find me at an open mic.

My published food writing can be found here (if you're interested in coffee; pp. 10-12) and here (if you'd rather read about cheese; pp. 32-35). If you'd like access to my personal essays, shoot me an email.