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Ellen Broselow


Toll Professor
Ph.D. 1976, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Tel. (631) 632-7780

Ellen Broselow's research is in the areas of phonology, second language acquisition, and the interface of phonology with phonetics, morphology, and syntax. Languages and language families she has worked on include Arabic, Salish, Bantu, and Indonesian languages of Sulawesi. In second language phonology, she has investigated the adaptation of loanwords and the errors made by second language learners in production and perception. In the phonology-phonetics interface, she has examined the match between moraic structure and phonetic duration. Current projects include the extent to which second language production errors reflect misperception; the factors determining the quality of vowels inserted in foreign language structures; and the factors determining the site of epenthetic vowels.

Prof. Broselow has served as Phonology Editor of Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, and is currently on the editorial boards of Bilingualism: Language and CognitionLinguistic Inquiry, NLLT, Phonology, and Second Language Research. She has received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring and the Godfrey Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2013 she was named a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America. 

Selected Publications

Hwang, J., C. Takahashi, H. Baek, A. Yeung, and E. Broselow. 2022. Do L1 tone language speakers enjoy a perceptual advantage in processing English contrastive prosody? Bilingualism: Language and Cognition

Yeung, A., H. Baek, C. Takahashi, S. Buttner, J. Hwang, and E. Broselow. 2020. Too little, too late: a longitudinal study of English corrective focus by Mandarin speakers. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America.

Yeung, A., H. Baek, C. Takahahashi, J. Duncan, S. Benedett, J. Hwang, and E. Broselow. 2019. Pitch range, intensity, and vocal fry in non-native and native English focus intonation. In POMA 36 (1).

Broselow, E. 2018. Laryngeal contrasts in second language phonology. In L. Hyman and F. Plank (eds.) Phonological Typology, 312-340. Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter

Broselow, E. 2018. Syllable structure in the Arabic dialects. In E. Benmamoun and R. Bassiouney (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics, 32-47. London and New York: Routledge.

Takahashi, C., Kao, S., Baek, H., Yeung, A. H.L., Hwang, J., and E. Broselow. 2018. Native and non-native speaker processing and production of contrastive focus prosody. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America (Vol. 3).

Kao, S., Hwang, J., Baek, H., Takahashi, C. and Broselow, E. 2016. International teaching assistants’ production of English focus marking.  POMA139 (4).

Broselow, E. 2015.  The typology of position-quality interactions in loanword vowel insertion. In Y. Hsiao and W. Lee (eds.), Capturing Phonological Shades Within and Across Languages, 292-319. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Broselow, E. and Y. Kang.  2013. Second language phonology and speech.  In J. Herschensohn and M. Young-Scholten (eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition, 529-554.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Broselow, E., M. Huffman, J. Hwang, S. Kao, and Y. Lu. 2012. Emergent rankings in foreign word adaptation. In N. Arnett and R. Bennett (eds.) Proceedings of WCCFL 30, 98-108. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Basri, H., E. Broselow, and D. Finer.  2012.  The end of the word in Makassar languages.  In T. Borowsky, S. Kawahara, T. Shinya and M. Sugahara (eds.) Prosody Matters: Essays in honor of Lisa Selkirk, 111-147.  London: Equinox Publishing Ltd.

Broselow, E.  2009.  Stress adaptation in loanword phonology: perception and learnability.  In  P. Boersma and S. Hamann (eds.) Phonology in Perception, 191-234.  Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Broselow, E.  2008.  Stress-epenthesis interactions.  In  B. Vaux and A. Nevins (eds.) Rules, Constraints, and Phonological Phenomena, 121-148.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Broselow, E. 2004. Language contact phonology: richness of the stimulus, poverty of the base. In K. Moulton and M. Wolf (eds.) Proceedings of NELS 34, 1021. Amherst, MA: GLSA.

Broselow, E. and Z. Xu. 2004. Differential difficulty in the acquisition of second language phonology.  International Journal of English Studies 4,2 (Special Issue: Advances in Optimality Theory): 135-163.

Broselow, E. 2004. Unmarked structures and emergent rankings in second language phonology.  International Journal of Bilingualism 8, 51-65.

Broselow, E. 2003. Marginal phonology: phonotactics on the edge.  The Linguistic Review 20, 159-193.

Broselow, E. 2001. Uh-oh: glottal stops and syllable organization in Sulawesi. In E. Hume, N. Smith, and J. van de Weijer (eds.) Surface Syllable Structure and Segment Sequencing, 77-90. Leiden: Holland Institute of Generative Linguistics.

Basri, H., E. Broselow, and D. Finer. 2000. Clitics and crisp edges in Makassarese. In C. Kitto and C. Smallwood (eds.) Proceedings of the Sixth International Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association, 25-36. University of Toronto.

Broselow, E., S. Chen, and C. Wang. 1998. The emergence of the unmarked in second language phonology. Studies in Second Lanuage Acquisition 20, 261-280.

Broselow, E., S. Chen, and M. Huffman. 1997. Syllable weight: convergence of phonology and phonetics. Phonology 14, 47-82.

Broselow, E. 1999. Stress, epenthesis, and segment transformation in Selayarese loans. In S. Chang, L. Liaw, and J. Ruppenhofer (eds.) BLS 25, 211-225.

Broselow, E., M. Huffman, R. Hsieh, and S. Chen. 1995. The timing of CVVC syllables. In M.Eid (eds.) Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics VIII. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 119-138.

Broselow, E. 1992. The structure of fricative-stop onsets. Unpublished ms, Stony Brook University.

Broselow, E. and D. Finer. 1991. Parameter setting in second language phonology and syntax. Second Language Research 7, 35-59.

Broselow, E., R. Hurtig, and C. Ringen. 1987. The perception of second language prosody. In G. Ioup and S. Weinberger (eds.) Interlanguage Phonology, 350-362. Cambridge, MA: Newbury House.

Broselow, E. 1976. The Phonology of Egyptian Arabic.  Doctoral Dissertation, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.