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My research activities fall in two distinct but interrelated areas: (1) field work with under- and undocumented languages and (2) phonetic and phonological investigation of typologically rare sounds. Using instrumental acoustic analysis, 3D/4D ultrasonography, perception tasks deployed in the laboratory, and computational analysis of corpus data, I investigate the complex connections between the physical instantiation, perception/interpretation, and phonotactic distribution of typologically under-represented sounds (esp. phonation type contrasts, breathy voice, and nonmodal sonorants). In my work, I prioritize working with under- and undocumented languages. At present I work mainly with undocumented Kuki-Chin languages spoken by the Burmese refugee community in Indianapolis (30 or more languages, community of appr. 19,000 people).
I place high value on primary data collected in collaboration with local communities and engage in the model of fieldwork referred to by Cameron et al. (1992) and Rice (2006) as empowerment fieldwork. Three principles of this model, as stated by Cameron et al. (pp. 22-24), are as follows:
- Persons are not objects and should not be treated as objects.
- Subjects have their own agendas and research should try to address them.
- If knowledge is worth having, it is worth sharing.
I adhere to the principles of transparency and reciprocity, and hold sacred my relationships with my native speaker colleagues and collaborators.
Lotven, S., K. Berkson, J. Wamsley, J. Danaher, and K. Van Bik. (2020.) Issues in the syllable structure of Kuki-Chin languages. Journal of South Asian Languages and Linguistics, special volume on phonetics/phonology co-edited by Indranil Dutta and Shakuntala Mahanta.
Khan, S., C. Esposito, M. Nelson, and K. Berkson. (2020.) Distinguishing breathy consonants and vowels in Gujarati. Journal of South Asian Languages and Linguistics, special volume on phonetics/phonology co-edited by Indranil Dutta and Shakuntala Mahanta.
Berkson, K. (2019). Acoustic correlates of breathy sonorants in Marathi. Journal of Phonetics, 73, 70-90. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0095447017302371
Lotven, S., & Berkson, K. (2019). The phonetics and phonology of depressor consonants in Gengbe. In Clem, E., Jenks, P., & Sande, H. (Eds.). Theory and description in African Linguistics: Selected papers from the 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (Vol. 4). Language Science Press, Berlin. (pp. 249-268). DOI:10.5281/zenodo.3367146
Esposito, C., S. ud Dowla Khan, K. Berkson, M. Nelson. (2019). Distinguishing breathy consonants and vowels in Gujarati. In Sasha Calhoun, Paola Escudero, Marija Tabain & Paul Warren (eds.) Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia. (pp. 1868-1872).
Berkson, K., S. Lotven, P.H. Thang, T. Thawngza, Z. Sung, J. Wamsley, F. Tyers, K. Van Bik, S. Kübler, D. Williamson, and M. Anderson. (2019). Building a Common Voice Corpus for Laiholh (Hakha Chin). Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Computational Methods for Endangered Languages: Vol. 2, Article 2. Available at: https://scholar.colorado.edu/scil-cmel/vol2/iss1/2
Davis, S., K. Berkson, and A. Strickler. (2019). Unlocking the Mystery of Dialect B: A Note on Incipient /aɪ/-raising in Fort Wayne. American Speech. Advanced copy available at https://doi.org/10.1215/00031283-7603207
Lotven, S. and K. Berkson. (2019). A vowel space comparison of Tlawngrang Zophei and Lawngtlang Zophei. Indiana Working Papers in South Asian Languages and Cultures, 1.1, 1-15. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/iwpsalc/article/view/27462
Lotven, S., Par, S. H., Wamsley, J. C., & Berkson, K. (2019). Hnaring Lutuv Swadesh list. Indiana Working Papers in South Asian Languages and Cultures, 1(1). https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/iwpsalc/article/view/27747
Lotven, S., Sung, Z., Wamsley, J.C., & Berkson, K. (2019). Lawngtlang Zophei Swadesh list. Indiana Working Papers in South Asian Languages and Cultures, 1(1). https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/iwpsalc/article/view/27461
Lee, S. S., & Berkson, K. (2019). Speech-rate effects in a 3-category language: Evidence from Hakha Chin. Indiana Working Papers in South Asian Languages and Cultures, Vol. 1. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/iwpsalc/article/view/27453
Lulich, S., K. Berkson, and K. de Jong. (2018). Acquiring and visualizing 3D/4D ultrasound recordings of tongue motion. Journal of Phonetics, 71, 410-424.