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Vsevolod Kapatsinski

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3923
  • Office: 367 Straub Hall
  • Office Hours: Spring: TBD
  • Interests: probabilistic morphophonology, mental lexicon, statistical learning, constituency, unitization, frequency effects, inferential statistics, usage-based construction grammar
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Ph.D., Indiana University, Linguistics & Cognitive Science, 2009

M.A., University of New Mexico, Linguistics, 2005



Caballero, G., & V. Kapatsinski. 2015. Perceptual functionality of multiple exponence in Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara). Language, Cognition & Neuroscience, 30(9), 1134-1143.

Kapatsinski, V., P. Olejarczuk & M. A. Redford. Forthcoming. Perceptual learning of intonation contour categories in adults and 9 to 11-year-old children: Adults are more narrow-minded. Cognitive Science.


Barth, D., & V. Kapatsinski. 2014. A multimodel inference approach to categorical variant choice: construction, priming and frequency effects on the choice between full and contracted forms of am, are and is. Corpus Linguistics & Linguistic Theory.

Kapatsinski, V. 2014. What is grammar like? A usage-based constructionist perspective. Linguistic Issues in Language Technology, 11(1), 1-41.

Vakareliyska, C. M., & V. Kapatsinski. 2014. An Anglo-Americanism in Slavic morphosyntax: Productive [N[N]] constructions (with focus on Bulgarian).  Folia Linguistica. 48(1), 277-311.


Kapatsinski, V. 2013. Conspiring to mean: Experimental and computational evidence for a usage-based harmonic approach to morphophonology. Language, 89(1), 110-148.

Kapatsinski, V., & Vakareliyska, C. 2013. [N[N]] compounds in Russian: A growing family of constructions. Constructions & Frames, 5(1), 73-91.

Stave, M., A. Smolek, & V. Kapatsinski. 2013. Inductive bias against stem changes as perseveration: Experimental evidence for an articulatory approach to output-output faithfulness. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 35, 3454-59.


Jing-Schmidt, Z., & V. Kapatsinski. 2012. The apprehensive: Fear as endophoric reference and its pragmatics in English, Mandarin, and Russian. Journal of Pragmatics, 44(4), 346-373.

Kapatsinski, V. 2012. What statistics do learners track? Rules, constraints or schemas in (artificial) grammar learning. In Gries, S. Th., & D. Divjak, eds. Frequency effects in language learning and processing, 53-82. Mouton de Gruyter.


Johnston, L. H., & V. Kapatsinski. 2011. In the beginning there were the weird: A phonotactic novelty preference in adult word learning. Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 17, 978-981.

Kapatsinski,  V.  2011.  Modularity  in  the  channel:  The  link  between  separability  of  features and  learnability  of  dependencies  between  them.  Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 17, 1022-1025.

Kapatsinski, V., & R. Janda. 2011. It’s around here: Residential history and the meaning of ‘Midwest’. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 33, 2983-2988.

Vajrabhaya, P., & V. Kapatsinski. 2011. There is more to the story: First-mention lengthening in Thai interactive discourse. Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 17, 2050-2053.


Kapatsinski, V. 2010. Frequency of use leads to automaticity of production: Evidence from repair in conversation. Language & Speech, 53(1), 71-105.

Kapatsinski, V. 2010. Velar palatalization in Russian and artificial grammar: Constraints on models of morphophonology. Journal of Laboratory Phonology, 1(2), 361-393.

Kapatsinski, V. 2010. What is it I am writing? Lexical frequency effects in spelling Russian prefixes: Uncertainty and competition in an apparently regular system. Corpus Linguistics & Linguistic Theory, 6(2), 157-215.

Kapatsinski, V. 2010. Rethinking rule reliability: Why an exceptionless rule can fail. Chicago Linguistic Society, 44(2), 277-291.

Kapatsinski, V., & L. H. Johnston. 2010. Investigating phonotactics, lexical analogy, and sound symbolism using xenolinguistics: A novel word-picture matching paradigm. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 32, 2010-2015.

Kapatsinski, V., & L. H. Johnston. 2010. Is that a bnik I see? Testing phonotactics using word-picture matching In Antonis Botinis, ed. Proceedings of the 2nd ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics 2010, 77-80. ISCA & The University of Athens.


Kapatsinski, V. 2009. Testing theories of linguistic constituency with configural learning: The case of the English syllable. Language, 85(2),  248-277.

Kapatsinski, V. 2009. Adversative conjunction choice in Russian: Semantic and syntactic influences on lexical selection. Language Variation & Change, 21(2), 157-173.

Kapatsinski, V., & J. Radicke. 2009. Frequency and the emergence of prefabs: Evidence from monitoring. In R. Corrigan, E. Moravcsik, H. Ouali, & K. Wheatley, eds.  Formulaic Language. Vol. II: Acquisition, loss, psychological reality, functional explanations, 499-520. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


Kapatsinski, V. 2008. Constituents can exhibit partial overlap: Experimental evidence for an exemplar approach to the mental lexicon. Chicago Linguistic Society, 41(2), 227-242.

Kapatsinski, V. 2008. Principal components of sound systems: An exercise in multivariate statistical typology. Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online, 8, 8.


Kapatsinski, V. 2007. Frequency, neighborhood density, age-of-acquisition, lexicon size, neighborhood density and speed of processing: Towards a domain-general, single-mechanism account. In S. Buescher, K. Holley, E. Ashworth, C. Beckner, B. Jones, and C. Shank. Proceedings of the 6th Annual High Desert Linguistics Society Conference, 121-40. Albuquerque, NM: High Desert Linguistics Society.

Kapatsinski, V. 2007. To Scheme or to rule: Evidence against the Dual Mechanism Model. Berkeley Linguistics Society, 31, 193-204.

Kapatsinski, V. 2007. Implementing and testing theories of linguistic constituency I: English syllable structure. Research on Spoken Language Processing Progress Report No. 28, 241-76. Indiana University: Bloomington, IN.


Kapatsinski, V. 2006. Towards a single-mechanism account of frequency effects. The LACUS Forum 32: Networks, 325-335.

Kapatsinski, V. 2006. Phonological similarity relations: Network organization of the mental lexicon. In M. Leyva & M. del Carmen, eds. Memoria del VIII Encuentro Internacional de Lingüística en el Noroeste, tomo III. Hermosillo, Mexico: UniSon.


Kapatsinski, V. 2005. Characteristics of a rule-based default are dissociable: Evidence against the Dual Mechanism Model. In S. Franks, F. Y. Gladney, and M. Tasseva-Kurktchieva, eds. Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 13: The South Carolina Meeting, 136-146. Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan Slavic Publications.

Kapatsinski, V. 2005. Measuring the relationship of structure to use: Determinants of the extent of recycle in repetition repair. Berkeley Linguistics Society, 30, 481-92.

Kapatsinski, V. 2005. Sound similarity relations in the mental lexicon: Modeling the lexicon as a complex network. Research on Spoken Language Processing Progress Report No. 27, 133-52. Indiana University: Bloomington, IN.