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Amy Smolek

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  • Title: PhD Student
  • Additional Title: General Linguistics Program
  • Phone: None
  • Office: 372 Straub Hall
  • Interests: Morphophonology, phonaesthemes, Turkish, vowel harmony, artificial languages


Ph.D. student in Linguistics at the University of Oregon, 2011-present

B.A. in Linguistics from Swarthmore College, 2011


I'm interested in morphophonology and experimental cognitive linguistics, particularly as they relate to mental representations. I work in the Experimental Linguistics Lab on palatalization and phonaesthemes (different experiments), and am pursuing various research interests related to Turkish (translation and corpus analysis for phonaestheme retrieval, among others).


Smolek, A. & V. Kapatsinski. 2015. Testing psychological reality of phonaesthemes with masked priming. Poster presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Portland, OR, Jan. 8-11.
Kapatsinski, V., A. Smolek, & M. Stave. 2014. The emergence of output-output faithfulness from perseveration. Poster presented at the Georgetown University Round Table: Usage-based approaches to language, language learning, and multilingualism. Washington, DC, March 14-16.
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 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 3454-59. Austin, TX: The Cognitive Science Society. (peer-reviewed)
Smolek, A., M. Stave, & V. Kapatsinski. 2013. Learning to change: Learners of morphophonology have (to overcome) a bias against (some) changes. Paper presented at the American International Morphology Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 8-10. 
Kapatsinski, V., A. Smolek, & M. Stave. 2013. Perseveration biases production against stem changes. Poster presented at Architectures and Mechanisms in Language Processing, Marseilles, France, September 2-4. 
Kapatsinski, V., M. Stave, & A. Smolek. 2013a. The role of perseveration in producing novel forms of known words. Poster presented at the 11th International Symposium of Psycholinguistics, Tenerife, Spain, March 20-23. 
Kapatsinski., V., M. Stave, & A. Smolek. 2013b. Judgment and production data in morphophonology: Converging sources of evidence. Paper presented at Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics, Leuven, Belgium, September 12-14.