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  • Rachel Steindel Burdin’s research focuses on variation in intonation, particularly in Jewish languages and contact situations. Her dissertation, “Variation in the form and function of Jewish English intonation,” completed at The Ohio State University in summer 2016 and partially funded by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, examined variation in the production, perception and social meaning of Yiddish-influenced intonation. This research, and her work more broadly, makes use of a wide variety of techniques, including participant observation, acoustic analyses, perceptual experiments and media studies in order to get a fuller picture of the range and nature of variation in intonation. Her research also looks at intonational meaning more broadly, including work with her colleague Joseph Tyler on the interpretation of rising and plateau contours in listing contexts, and, with colleagues at Ohio State, on the prosodic marking of focus in different languages, with results published in articles in Language, Cognition and Neuroscience and Lingua. Her other research interests include the use of Yiddish in the construction of Jewish identities and places, particularly in areas with smaller Jewish populations, and Slavic/Yiddish contact.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 Rises inform, and plateaus remind: Exploring the epistemic meanings of "list intonation" in American EnglishJournal of Pragmatics.  136:97-114. 2018
    2018 Assessing predictability effects in connected read speechLinguistic Vanguard.  4:20170044. 2018
    2017 New Notes on the Rise-Fall ContourJournal of Jewish Languages.  5:145-173. 2017
    2015 Contextual predictability and the prosodic realisation of focus: a cross-linguistic comparisonLanguage, Cognition and Neuroscience.  30:1061-1076. 2015
    2015 Variation in the prosody of focus in head- and head/edge-prominence languagesLingua.  165:254-276. 2015

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title
    2015 Phonetic reduction, vowel duration, and prosodic structure.ICPhS. 2015
    Rising Above the Standard: Variation in L+H* contour use across 5 varieties of American English

    Other Research Activities

  • Yiddish in Krakow Funded by
  • Teaching Activities

  • Phonetics and Phonology Taught course 2018
  • Linguistic Field Methods Taught course 2018
  • Special Topics in Linguistics Taught course 2018
  • Phonetics and Phonology Taught course 2017
  • Sociolinguistics Survey Taught course 2017
  • Introduction to Linguistics Taught course 2017
  • Linguistic Field Methods Taught course 2017
  • Phonetics and Phonology Taught course 2016
  • Sociolinguistics Survey Taught course 2016
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Rachel Burdin