EDUCATION

  • 2013: Ph.D., Dept. of Linguistics, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
    • Dissertation: Phonation Types in Marathi: An Acoustic Investigation. Co-advisors: Allard Jongman and Jie Zhang. (Honors)
  • 2011: M.A., Department of Global Indigenous Nations Studies, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Thesis Project: A Crash Course in Linguistics for Language Revitalizationists. Advisor: Raymond Pierotti. (Honors)
  • 2010: M.A., Department of Linguistics, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Thesis: The Nature of Optional Sibilant Harmony in Navajo. Advisor: Jie Zhang. (Honors)
  • 2007: American Indian Language Development Institute, Tucson, AZ.
  • 2000: B.A. in English, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.

RESEARCH STATEMENT

My research investigates the production and perception of typologically rare speech sounds and contrasts. This endeavor is critically informed both by phonetics (which studies the physical properties of speech sounds) and by phonology (which studies the abstract representation and organization thereof). Using instrumental acoustic analysis, 3D 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 these sounds in languages where they do occur.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Phonetics (acoustics, phonation types, phonetic typology)
  • Phonology (consonant harmony, gradient phonological knowledge and patterns, phonotactic probabilities of typologically rare sounds, variation and gradient phenomena, variable sound changes/sound change in progress)
  • Perception/production/articulatory properties of typologically rare speech sounds; Phonetics-phonology interface
  • Languages of South Asia; Indigenous languages of North America
  • Language endangerment and revitalization

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Indiana University Bloomington. (beginning August 2014).

    • Courses include undergraduate phonetics and phonology, graduate phonology, and assorted others.

Visiting Lecturer, Indiana University Bloomington. (August 2013 – May 2014).

    • Introduction to the Study of Language (150 undergraduate students)
    • Phonetics (undergraduate)
    • Phonology (undergraduate)
    • Advanced Phonological Description (graduate)

Lecturer, The University of Kansas. (Summer 2013).

    • LING 575: The Structure of Hindi (for advanced undergraduate Linguistics students)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (more available at researchgate)

Berkson, K., K. de Jong, and S. Lulich. (to appear). Three dimensional ultrasound imaging of pre- and post-vocalic liquid consonants in American English: preliminary observations. 2017 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2017. (4 pgs.)

Lotven, S. and K. Berkson. (to appear). The phonetics and phonology of depressor consonants in Gengbe. Proceedings of the 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. p. 1-16.

Berkson, K. (2016). Production, perception, and distribution of breathy sonorants in Marathi. Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages Vol. 2, M. Menon and S. Syed (eds). p. 4-14.

Nelson, M, K. Berkson, C. Esposito, & S. ud Dowla Khan. (2016). Perception of breathy phonation in Gujarati. Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages Vol. 2, M. Menon and S. Syed (eds). p. 14-23.

Berkson, K. (2016). Durational properties of Marathi obstruents. Indian Linguistics. Vol. 76(3-4): 7-25.

Politzer-Ahles, S., J. Holliday, T. Girolamo, M. Spychalska, & K. Berkson. (2016). Is linguistic injustice a myth? A response to Hyland (2016). Journal of Second Language Writing, 34:3-8.

Berkson, K. and M. Nelson. (submitted). Phonotactic frequencies in Marathi. IULC Working Papers.

Berkson, K. (2013). Optionality and Locality: Evidence from Navajo sibilant harmony. The Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology. 4.2: 287-337.

Berkson, K. (2012). Capturing breathy voice: Durational measures of oral stops in Marathi. Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics 33: 27-46.

Berkson, K., A. McKenzie, B. Montgomery-Anderson, & S. Oberly. (in development). Rebuilding the Fire: An Introduction to Linguistics for Work in Native Language Communities.

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Davis, S., K. Berkson, and A. Strickler . “Incipient /ay/-raising in Fort Wayne: The missing dialect?” New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 45. Vancouver, British Columbia. November 2016.

Cavar, M., K. Berkson, and M. Nelson. “Laminal sounds in San Juan Quiahije Chatino: A phonetic and 3D ultrasound study. ” 21st Mid-Continental Workshop on Phonetics & Phonology. East Lansing, MI. September 2016.

Berkson, K. “Language-internal behavior of typologically rare sounds: Production, perception, and distribution of breathy sonorants in Marathi.” LabPhon 15, July 13-16, 2016. Ithaca, NY.

Filimonova, V. and K. Berkson. “Variable aspiration of Spanish coda /s/: Laboratory evidence and Stochastic OT modeling.” LabPhon 15, July 13-16, 2016. Ithaca, NY.

Elston, A., K. Blake, K. Berkson, M. Nelson, A. Strickler, W. Herd, J. Cariño, & D. Torrence. “Region, gender, and within-category variation in American English voiced stops.” 171st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Salt Lake City, UT. May 2016. (Published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 139.4:2123-2123.)

Strickler, A., K. Berkson, & S. Davis. “Canadian raising in Fort Wayne, Indiana.” 171st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Salt Lake City, UT. May 2016. (Published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 139.4:2123-2123.)

Lotven, S. & K. Berkson. “Consonant-tone interactions in Gengbe.” 171st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Salt Lake City, UT. May 2016. (Published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 139.4:2214-2214.)

Feehan, C., K. Berkson, M. Cavar, & H. Cruz. “San Juan Quiahije Chatino: A look at tone.” 171st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Salt Lake City, UT. May 2016. (Published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 139.4:2215-2215.)

Berkson, K., M.C. Carter, C.M. Robbins. “An acoustic analysis of the vowels and stop consonants of Bashkir.” 171st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Salt Lake City, UT. May 2016. (Published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 139.4:2215-2215.)

McDonough, P., E. Arnold, K. Berkson. “A preliminary account of the Thangal sound system.” 171st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Salt Lake City, UT. May 2016. (Published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 139.4:2217-2217.)

Lulich, S. M., B. Rhodes, M. Nelson, K. Berkson, & K. de Jong. “Three-dimensional tongue shapes of /r/ production in American English words.” 171st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Salt Lake City, UT. May 2016. (Published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 139.4:2222-2222.)

Cavar, M., K. Berkson, and K. Mihajlovic. “More and less persistent cues for sibilant place in an on-going merger.” 20th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature, and Folklore. Salt Lake City, UT. April 28, 2016.

Berkson, K. “Production, Perception, and Distribution of Breathy Sonorants in Marathi.” Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages. Amherst, MA. March 13, 2016.

Nelson, M., K. Berkson, C. Esposito, and S. Khan. “Perception of Breathy Phonation in Gujarati.” Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages. Amherst, MA. March 13, 2016

Berkson, K. “The acoustics of phonation type differences in sonorants and obstruents.” The 88th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Minneapolis, MN. January 2014.

Berkson, K. “The Phonetics and Phonology of Breathy Voice: Evidence from Marathi Sonorants and Obstruents .” Poster presented at Phonology 2013. Amherst, MA. Nov. 9-10, 2013.

Berkson, K. “The acoustics of phonation types in obstruents and sonorants: the case of Marathi.” 18th Mid-Continental Workshop on Phonetics & Phonology. Ann Arbor, MI. March 22-24, 2013.

Berkson, K. “Breathy phonation in obstruents and sonorants: the case of Marathi.” Graduate Research Competition, The University of Kansas. Lawrence, KS. March 13, 2013.

Berkson, K. “Breathy voice in obstruents and sonorants: Evidence from Marathi.” Poster presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Boston, MA. January 2013.

Berkson, K. “Acoustic correlates of breathy voice in Marathi sonorants.” Poster presented at the 164th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Kansas City, KS. October 2012.

Berkson, K. “The Nature of Optional Sibilant Harmony in Navajo.” 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas. Portland, OR. January 2012.

Berkson, K. “Revisiting Optional Sibilant Harmony in Navajo.” 4th Annual Oklahoma Workshop on Native American Languages, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK. April 2011.

Berkson, K. “The Nature of Optional Sibilant Harmony in Navajo.” Graduate Research Competition, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. March 2011.

Berkson, K. “The Nature of Optional Sibilant Harmony in Navajo.” 16th Annual MidContinental Workshop on Phonology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. October 2010.

Berkson, K. “Optional Sibilant Harmony in Navajo.” Mid-America Linguistics Conference, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. October 2009.

Berkson, K. “Optional Sibilant Harmony in Navajo.” 2nd Annual Oklahoma Workshop on Native American Languages, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK. April 2009.

 

INVITED TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

Berkson, K. Invited keynote speaker. “Production, perception, and distribution of typologically rare sounds: Evidence from breathy sonorants in Marathi.” University of Kentucky MALTT Graduate Student Conference. Lexington, Kentucky. February 27, 2016.

Berkson, K. Invited talk. “Language Endangerment and Revitalization: What’s Happening, and Why It Matters.” Presented to the Honors Program, Keystone College in La Plume, PA. April 2015.

 

Berkson, K. “Language Endangerment and Revitalization: What’s Happening, and Why It Matters.” Presented to the Linguistics Program, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO. October 2013.

 

Berkson, K. and P. Duncan. “Language Endangerment, Revitalization, and Acquisition.” Psychology in Education seminar, Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS. September 2010.

Berardo, M; Berkson, K; Linn, M.; Montgomery-Anderson, B; Peter, L.; & Yamamoto, A. “Language RevitalizationWorkshop: Tense & Aspect.” Two-day workshop presented at 36th Symposium on the American Indian, Northeastern State Univ., Tahlequah, OK. April 2008.

Berkson, K. “Language Endangerment and Revitalization.” Child Language Proseminar, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. August 2007.

Berardo, M.; Berkson, K; Linn, M.; Montgomery-Anderson, B; Peter, L.; & Yamamoto, A. “Language RevitalizationWorkshop: Morphology & Syntax.” Two-day workshop presented at 35th Symposium on the American Indian, Northeastern State Univ., Tahlequah, OK. April 2007.

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Fall 2016. Invited to serve as a mentor in the Cox Research Scholar Program (IUB).
    • Student: Samantha Myers
    • Project: Canadian Raising in Indiana
  • May 27-28, 2016. Selected participant, “Early-career Acoustician Retreat.” One of 30 participants awarded full funding for the workshop by the Acoustical Society of America. Two-day workshop focused on development of leadership and networking skills, intended to foster substantive and long-term participation in ASA leadership.
  • May 21-22, 2016. Selected to participate in “Acoustics School 2016: Living in the Acoustic Environment.” Hosted by the Acoustical Society of America. Open to early career acousticians and graduate students. (Transportation, lodging, and other costs covered by the ASA.)
  • 2016 Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Recipient with Max Nelson, whose UG honors thesis (“The Perception of Breathy Voice in Gujarati”) was written under my direction.
  • Spring 2016. Provost’s Travel Award for Women in Science. Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • Spring 2016. Trustees Teaching Award. Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • Fall 2015. Recipient, Information Literacy Course Improvement Grant. With Catherine Minter, Area Librarian for Linguistics. IUB internal grant.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas School of Education. (Summer 2006).  Grant-funded position on a team developing a computer adaptive literacy test. Coded and collated data from pilot study, developed test items, copy-edited.

Editorial Assistant to Novelist and Screenwriter John Irving, Manchester, VT. (2000-2004).  Transcribed, proofread, and made editorial comments on novels, screenplays, readings, memoirs, and essays by award-winning writer. Proofed typeset manuscripts; transcribed interviews; generated research on various topics at author’s request. Managed interactions with the press and the public. Responsible for daily office management. Had a great, great time every single day.

 

SERVICE

  • Faculty Advisor: Linguistics Club of Indiana University. (Fall 2016-present).
  • Academic Program Committee – Dhar India Studies Program. (Spring 2016-present.)
  • Abstract reviewer – 48th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
  • Manuscript reviewer – Journal of Phonetics
  • Linguistics Department Qualifying Exams Committee, Fall 2014 – present.
  • Co-organizer, 20th Mid-Continental Workshop on Phonetics and Phonology. Hosted at IUB in September 2015.
  • Linguistics Department Website Committee. (Spring 2014-present)
  • Linguistics Department Colloquy Committee, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015.
  • Faculty Advisor, Indiana University Art of Living Club. (Fall 2013 – present).

 

LANGUAGES STUDIED

  • Cherokee
  • Hindi
  • Marathi
  • Navajo
  • Spanish
  • Tututni

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Acoustical Society of America
  • Indiana University Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (Affiliated Faculty)
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
  • Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas

A pdf verison of the CV is available here.