Janet Breckenridge Pierrehumbert

May 17, 2015



Linguistics Department
2016 Sheridan Road
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208

Phone: 1-847-491-8058 Fax: 1-847-491-3770

Home Page: http://faculty.wcas.northwestern.edu/~jbp/


Ph.D., Linguistics,  MIT, 1980. Minor field: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. 

Dissertation Title: The Phonology and Phonetics of English Intonation.

A.B, Linguistics, Harvard University 1975. Summa cum laude. Phi Beta Kappa.  Minor field: Mathematics.


Current appointments:

Professor of Language Modeling, Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Linguistics, Northwestern University.

Adjunct Professor, New Zealand Institute of Language Brain and Behaviour, University of Canterbury,  2012


Previous appointments:

Professor, Department of Linguistics, Northwestern University, 1993—2015; Director of Graduate Studies, 2004--2014.


Professor by Courtesy, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University, 12/2002—2015.


Faculty, Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, 2013.


Wender-Lewis Research and Teaching Professor, Northwestern, 2005-2008.

Faculty, Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, June-July 2005.


Visiting scholar, Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, École Normale Supérieure and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 2003-2004.

Poste Rouge, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 1/97--3/97.

Visitor, École Nationale Superieure des Télécommunications, Paris, 1996-7.

Faculty, LOT (Dutch post-graduate school of linguistics), University of Nijmegen, 1/97.


Astor Visiting Lecturer, Oxford University, 1995.


Chair, Department of Linguistics, Northwestern University, 1993-1997.

Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, Northwestern University, 1989-1993.

Faculty, Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, 1993.

Member of Technical Staff, Dept. of Linguistics and Artificial  Intelligience Research,  AT&T Bell Laboratories, 1982-89.

Visitor, Dept. of Speech Transmission and Music Acoustics, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, 1987-88.

Faculty, Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, 1986.

Consulting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Linguistics, Stanford Univ., 1984-85.

Research Associate, Center for Cognitive Science, MIT, 1980-82.

Consultant, Dept. of Linguistics and Speech Analysis, AT&T Bell Labs, 1980-82.



Edward Sapir Professor, Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute 2013 (Ann Arbor, Michigan).


Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society (Class of 2013).


Fellow of the Linguistic Society of American (Class of 2012).


Erskine Fellowship, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, June-August 2010.

Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Class of 2004).


Erskine Fellowship, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, June-August 2003.

Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1996--.

Invited to the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1997 (postponed).

American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship, 1979-80.

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1976-1979.

Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1975-76.



Pierrehumbert (PI) and J. Hay (co-PI). Creativity and Cooperation in the Dynamics of the Lexicon: from Lexis to Logos. John Templeton Foundation. 12/1/2012 - 11/30/2015. $2,734,477.  Also known as “The Wordovators Project”.


Pierrehumbert (co-PI), N. Morgan (PI, International Computer Science Institute), D. Ellis (co-PI, Columbia Univ.) E. Fosler-Lussier (co-PI, Ohio State Univ.) M. Ostendorf (co-PI, Univ. of Washington).  Spoken Wordsearch with Rapid Development and Frugal Invariant Subword Hierarchies. IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency).   Northwestern baseline period and Option period 1 subcontracts: $418,636. 3/4/2012 - 7/4, 2014.


Pierrehumbert (PI) Horton (coPI, Psych), Katsaggelos (coPI, EECS), Wu (coPI, EECS). Audio-visual databases and architectures for improving recognition of reduced wordforms, Motorola Corporation, 9/2007-8/2010, $180,000.

Pierrehumbert (PI) and M. West (coPI, Tiz Media Foundation), Speech and the Cell Phone: An Experiential Learning Project. Innovation Generation Program, Motorola Foundation, $49,791.00, 10/2007-12/2008.

Perception and Representation of Dialect Variation. NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Award, 7/1/05 -- 6/30/06 (Sponsor for individual post-doc to Cynthia Clopper. Joint with Ann Bradlow).

Pierrehumbert (PI) Dynamics and Metastability in Phonological Grammar, James S. McDonnell Foundation, $244,206, 1/2003--12/2008.

Pierrehumbert (PI) Phonetic Foundations of Scansion. John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, $29,000. 1996-7.

Pierrehumbert (PI) Experimental and Computational Studies of Word Phonology, NSF Faculty Awards for Women Scientists and Engineers, Grant No. BNS-9022484, $250,000, 1991-1996.

Pierrehumbert (PI) Intonation and Voice Source Characteristics,” NSF US-Sweden Cooperative Science Program, Grant No. INT-8712375, $9,250, 1988.

Pierrehumbert (PI) The Use of Intonation in Automatic Speech Understanding, NSF Information Science and Technology Program, Grant No. IST-8012248, $50,000, 1980-82.



Spinoza Selection Committee, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, 2015-2018.


Advisory committee,  NWAV 43 (New Ways of Analyzing Variation 43). University of Illinois at Chicago, 2014.


Founding member, Association for Laboratory Phonology (professional association incorporated in 2010).


Co-organizer,  Illinois Speech Day. 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 (with UIUC and Toyota  Technological Institute).


Co-organizer,  Speech Prosody 2010. (Chicago, May 2010; with UIUC Beckman Institute and Toyota Technological Institute).


External Advisory Board, Beckman Institute, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009 –.


Editorial Board, LiLT (Linguistic Issues in Language Technology) 2007—2014.

Associate Editor,  Language, 2003-2005.

Steering Committee, Laboratory Phonology Conference Series, 1996--; Chair, 2003-04.

Advisory Editor, Oxford Surveys in Generative Phonology. 2000--.

Member of the Board of Experts, Phonetics Chair, University of Stockholm, 1999.

Co-organizer, Fifth Conference on Laboratory Phonology.  Northwestern Univ. July 1997.

Program Review Committee, UCLA Dept. of Linguistics, Jan. 1993.

Associate/Advisory EditorJ. of Phonetics, 1989 – 2011.    

Executive Board, The ACL-MIT Press Series in Natural  Language Processing, 1989-91.

Editorial BoardComputational Linguistics, 1986-1988.

Advisory Board, MIT Press Series on Cognitive Theory and Mental Represention.



Director, Language and Cognition Program, Northwestern University, 2009—2014.


Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Linguistics, 1999 and 2004—2014.


Linguistics Representative to the Faculty Senate, Northwestern, 2011—2014.


Director, Language Music and Communication Group, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, 2004—2011.

Executive Committee, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, 2005--2011.


Steering Committee, Mathematics Excellence at Northwestern Univ. (MENU), 2006—2010.


Personnel Committee, Mathematics Department, Northwestern Univ. 2006--2008, 2009—2014.

Steering Committee, French Interdisciplinary Group, 2005--2010.

Internal Reviewer, Department of Philosophy Program Review, 2004.

British Fellowships Committee 2002 -- 2004.

Panelist, Northwestern University Internal Review Board, 2001-03.

Chair, Department of Linguistics, Northwestern University, 1993-1996.

Cognitive Science Program Committee, 1995-96.

University Research Grants Committee, 1990-1994.


Broe, M. and J. Pierrehumbert. (Eds). (2000) Papers in Laboratory Phonology V: Acquisition and the Lexicon, Cambridge University Press.

Pierrehumbert, J. and M. Beckman (1988) Japanese Tone Structure, Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 15, MIT Press, Cambridge.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1980) The phonology and phonetics of English intonation. PhD thesis, MIT. Distributed 1988, Indiana University Linguistics Club.

Refereed serial publications:

Hay, J., Pierrehumbert, J.B., Walker, A. and LaShell, P. (2015) Tracking word frequency effects through 130 years of sound change. Cognition 139, 83-91.

Munson, B, Crocker, L, Pierrehumbert, J.B,  Owen-Anderson, A, and Zucker, K. (2015) Gender Typicality in Children's Speech: A comparison of the Speech of Boys with and without Gender Identity Disorder. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 137

Dawdy-Hesterberg, L. and Pierrehumbert, J. B. (2014) Learnability and generalization of Arabic broken plural nouns. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience (formerly Language and Cognitive Processes) DOI:10.1080/23273798.2014.899377

German, J.S, Carlson, K. and Pierrehumbert, J.B. (2013) Reassignment of consonant allophones in rapid dialect acquisition. J. Phonetics 41 (3), 228-248.


Altmann, E.G.,  J.B. Pierrehumbert, and A.E. Motter (2011) Niche as a determinant of word fate in online groups. PLoS One 6(5), e19009.

Daland, R. and J. B. Pierrehumbert (2011)  Learning Diphone-Based Segmentation. Cognitive Science 35 (1):119-155.

Zheng, X, and J. B. Pierrehumbert  (2010) The effects of prosodic prominence and position on duration perception. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 128(2),  851-859.

Clopper, C, J. B. Pierrehumbert and T.Tamati (2010) Lexical Bias in Cross-Dialect Word Recognition in Noise. Laboratory Phonology 11. 1, 65-92.

Pierrehumbert, J. B. and C. Clopper (2010) What is LabPhon? and where is it going? Laboratory Phonology 10. 113-132.

Perrachione, T.K., Pierrehumbert, J.B. & Wong, P.C.M (2009) "Differential neural contributions to native- and foreign-language talker identification." Journal of Experimental Psychology - Human Perception and Performance, 35, 1950-1960.

D. J. Hruschka, M. H. Christiansen, R. A. Blythe, W. Croft, P. Heggarty, S. S. Mufwene, J. B. Pierrehumbert and S. Poplack (2009) Building social cognitive models of language change. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 13 (11), 464-469.

Altmann, E.G., J. B. Pierrehumbert, and A.E. Motter (2009). Beyond Word Frequency: Bursts, lulls, and scaling in the temporal distribution of words. PLoS One 4(11), e7678.

Clopper, C. and J. Pierrehumbert (2008) Effects of semantic predictability and regional dialect on vowel space reduction. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 124(3) 1682-1688.

Pierrehumbert, J. (2006) The next toolkit. J. Phonetics 34(6), 516-530.

Pierrehumbert, J. (2006) The Statistical Basis of an Unnatural Alternation, L. Goldstein, D.H. Whalen, and C. Best (eds), Laboratory Phonology VIII, Varieties of Phonological Competence. Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, 81-107.

German, J., Pierrehumbert, J. and Kaufmann, S. (2006). Evidence for phonological constraints on nuclear accent placementLanguage 82(1), 151-168.

Pierrehumbert, J., T. Bent, B. Munson, A. Bradlow, J. M. Bailey (2004) The influence of sexual orientation on vowel production. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 116(4), 1905-1908.

Frisch, S Pierrehumbert, J. and Broe, M. (2004) Similarity avoidance and the OCPNatural Language and Linguistic Theory 21, 179-228.

Beckman, M., and J. Pierrehumbert (2004) Interpreting 'phonetic interpretation' over the lexicon, Papers in Laboratory Phonology VI, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, 13-38.

Hay, J.  J. Pierrehumbert, and M. E Beckman, (2004) Speech Perception, Well-Formedness, and the Statistics of the Lexicon, Papers in Laboratory Phonology VI, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge UK, 58-74.

Pierrehumbert, J. (2003) Phonetic diversity, statistical learning, and acquisition of phonology, Language and Speech, 115-154.

Pierrehumbert, J. (2002) Word-specific phonetics . Laboratory Phonology VII, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, 101-139.

Pierrehumbert, J. (2001) Why phonological constraints are so coarse-grained. In J. McQueen and A. Cutler (eds) SWAP special issue, Language and Cognitive Processes 16 5/6, 691-698.

Pierrehumbert, J. (2001) Stochastic phonology. GLOT 5:6, 1-13.

Pierrehumbert, J. (2000) The phonetic grounding of phonology, Bulletin de la Communication Parlee 5, 7-23.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1999) What people know about sounds of language, Studies in the Linguistic Sciences 29(2). 111-120.

Pierrehumbert, J. and R. Nair (1995) Word Games and Syllable StructureLanguage and Speech 38, 78-116.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1994) Syllable Structure and Word Structure. Papers in Laboratory Phonology III, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, UK. 168-188.

Pierrehumbert, J. and D. Talkin, (1991) Lenition of /h/ and glottal stop. Papers in Laboratory Phonology II, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge UK. 90-117.

MacFarland, T. and J. Pierrehumbert (1991) On ichlaut, achlaut, and structure preservation, Phonology 8(1), 171-180.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1990) Phonological and Phonetic RepresentationJ. Phonetics 18, 375-394.

Pierrehumbert, J. and R. Pierrehumbert (1990) On Attributing Grammars to Dynamical SystemsJ. Phonetics 18, 465-477.

Pierrehumbert, J. and S. Steele (1990) Categories of Tonal Alignment in English, Phonetica 47, 181-196.

Silverman, K. and J. Pierrehumbert (1990) The Timing of Prenuclear High Accents in English, Papers in Laboratory Phonology I, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK. 72-106.

Beckman, M. and J. Pierrehumbert (1987) Tookyoo-go no seityoo koozoo, Onsei Gengo 2, 1-22.

Beckman, M. and J. Pierrehumbert (1986) Intonational Structure in Japanese and English, Phonology Yearbook III, 15-70.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1981) Synthesizing Intonation, J.  Acoust. Soc. of Am., 70, 985-995.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1980) The Finnish Possessive Suffixes, Language, 56, 603-621.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1979) The Perception of Fundamental Frequency Declination, J.  Acoust. Soc. Am. 66, 363-369

Book chapters:

Racz, P., Pierrehumbert, J., Hay, J., & Papp, V. (in press, 2015). Morphological emergence. In B. MacWhinney & W. O’Grady (eds.),The handbook of language emergence. New York: Wiley.

Pierrehumbert, J. B. (2012) Burstiness of verbs and derived nouns. D. Santos, K. Linden and W. Ng’ang’a (eds). Springer-Verlag., 99-116.

Pierrehumbert, J. B. (2012) The Dynamic Lexicon. In A. Cohn, M. Huffman, and C. Fougeron (Eds.) Handbook of Laboratory Phonology. Oxford University Press.

Pierrehumbert, J. (2003) Probabilistic Phonology: Discrimination and Robustness. In R. Bod, J. Hay and S. Jannedy (eds.) Probability Theory in Linguistics. The MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 177-228.

Pierrehumbert, J. (2001) Exemplar dynamics: Word frequency, lenition, and contrast In J. Bybee and P. Hopper (eds.) Frequency and the emergence of linguistic structure. John Benjamins, Amsterdam. 137-157.

Pierrehumbert, J., M.E. Beckman, and D. R. Ladd (2000) Conceptual Foundations of Phonology as a Laboratory Science, In Burton-Roberts, P. Carr, and G. Docherty (eds). Phonological Knowledge, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 273-303.

Pierrehumbert, J. (2000) Tonal elements and their alignment, in M. Horne (ed) Prosody: Theory and Experiment. Studies Presented to Gosta Bruce. Kluwer, Dordrecht, 11-26.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1999) Formalizing Functionalism, in M. Darnell, E. Moravscsik, F. Newmeyer, M. Noonan and K. Wheatley (eds). Formalism and Functionalism in Linguistics, John Benjamins, Amsterdam. Vol. I, 287-305.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1997) Consequences of Intonation for the Voice Source, in S. Kiritani, H. Hirose, and H. Fujisaki (eds.) Speech Production and Language, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin. 111-131.

Pierrehumbert, J. and S. Frisch, (1996) Synthesizing Allophonic Glottalization, J. P. H. van Santen, R. Sproat, J. Olive, and J. Hirschberg (eds) Progress in Speech Synthesis, New York: Springer-Verlag. 9-26.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1994) Prosodic Effects on Glottal Allophones, in O. Fujimura, and M. Hirano, (eds)., Vocal Fold Physiology 8: Voice Quality Control. Singular Press, San Diego. 39-60.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1993) Prosody, Intonation, and Speech Technology,' in M. Bates and R. Weischedel, (eds.) Challenges in Natural Language Processing, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge UK., 257-282.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1991) Music and the Phonological principle, in J. Sundberg, L. Nord and R. Carlson, eds.  Music, Language, Speech and Brain, Macmillan Press. 132-147.

Pierrehumbert, J. B. and J. Hirschberg (1990) The Meaning of Intonational Contours in the Interpretation of Discourse, in P. Cohen, J. Morgan, and M. Pollack, (eds)  Intentions in Communication, MIT Press, Cambridge MA. 271-311.

Liberman, M. and J. Pierrehumbert (1984) Intonational Invariance under Changes in Pitch Range and Length, in M. Aronoff and R. Oehrle, eds, Language Sound Structure, MIT Press, Cambridge MA. 157-233.

Conference proceedings:

Schumacher, R.A, Pierrehumbert J.B., and LaShell, P. (2014) Reconciling Inconsistency in Encoded Morphological Distinctions in an Artificial Language. Proceedings of the 36th Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci2014) Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Racz, P., Beckner, C, Hay, J.B, and Pierrehumbert J.B. (2014) Rules, Analogy, and Social Factors codetermine past-tense formation patterns in English.  Joint 1-Day Workshop between SIGMORPHON and SIGFSM, Association for Computational Linguistics, Baltimore MD, June 2014.

Baumann, P, and Pierrehumbert, J. (2014) Using Resource-Rich Languages to Improve Morphological Analysis of Under-Resourced Languages, LREC 2014 (International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation), Reykjavik, May 2014.

He, Y., Hutchinson, B., Baumann, P.,  Ostendorf, M., Fosler-Lussier, E., and Pierrehumbert J. (2014) Subword-based Modelling for Handling OOV Words in Keyword Spotting. ICASSP 2014 (IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Florence May 2014.

Konopka, K. and Pierrehumbert J.B. (in press) Vowel dynamics of Mexican Heritage English: Language contact and phonetic change in a  Chicago community, Papers from the 46th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society. 

Terry, LH, Livescu, K, Pierrehumbert J.B and Katsaggelos, AK (2010) Audio-Visual Anticipatory Coarticulation Modeling by Man and Machine, Interspeech 2010. 

Konopka, K.  and J. Pierrehumbert (2008) Vowels in Contact: Mexican Heritage English in Chicago. SALSA 10. 94-104.

Daland, R., A. Sims, and J. Pierrehumbert (2007) Much ado about nothing: a social network model of Russian paradigmatic gaps. Proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics in Prague, Czech Republic, June 24th-29th, 2007.

Beckman, M. E. and Pierrehumbert, J. (2000) Positions, probabilities, and levels of categorization, Keynote address, Eighth Australian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Canberra, Dec. 4-7, 2000.

Coleman, J. and J. Pierrehumbert (1997) Stochastic Phonological Grammars and Acceptability, 3rd Meeting of the ACL Special Interest Group in Computational Phonology: Proceedings of the Workshop, 12 July 1997. Association for Computational Linguistics, Somerset NJ. 49-56.

Pierrehumbert, J., M. Beckman, and D.R. Ladd (1996) Laboratory Phonology, in Durand, J. and B. Laks, (eds.), Current Trends in Phonology: Models and Methods.  CNRS, Paris-X and University of Salford, University of Salford Press, 535-548.

Pierrehumbert, J. and R. Nair (1996) Implications of Hindi Prosodic Structure, in Durand, J. and B. Laks, (eds.)  Current Trends in Phonology: Models and Methods.  CNRS, Paris-X and University of Salford, University of Salford Press, 549-584.

Frisch, S., M. Broe, and J. Pierrehumbert (1995), The Role of Similarity in Phonology: Explaining OCP-Place, Proceedings of the 13th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.  (Stockholm, August 1995), 4 pp.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1994) Knowledge of Variation, Papers from the Parasession on Variation, 30th meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Chicago Linguistic Society, Chicago, 25 pp.

Pierrehumbert, J. and S. Frisch, (1994) Source Allophony and Speech Synthesis, Conference Proceedings of the Second ESCA/IEEE Workshop on Speech Synthesis, 4 pp.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1994) Alignment and Prosodic Heads, Proceedings of the Eastern States Conference on Formal Linguistics, Linguistics Graduate Student Association, Cornell University. 19 pp.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1992) Dissimilarity in the Arabic Verbal Roots, Proceedings of the 23rd Meeting of the Northeastern Linguistic Society, Graduate Student Association, U. Mass. Amherst. 367-381

Silverman, K., M. Beckman, J. Pitrelli, M. Ostendorf, J. Pierrehumbert, J. Hirschberg, and P. Price (1992). TOBI: A Standard Scheme for Labeling Prosody, Proceedings of the International Conference on Spoken Language 92, Banff, Oct 12-16 1992.

Bird, S., J. Coleman, J. Pierrehumbert and J. Scobbie (1992), Declarative Phonology, Proc. of the XVth International Congress of Linguists, 9-14 August 1992, Laval Univ.

Pierrehumbert, J. and S. Steele (1987) How Many Rise-Fall-Rise Contours?  Proceedings of the 11th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.

Hirschberg, J., D. Litman, J. Pierrehumbert and G. Ward (1987) Intonation and the Intentional Structure of Discourse, Proceedings of the International Joint Congress on Artificial Intelligence.

Hirschberg, J. and J. Pierrehumbert (1986) Intonational Structuring of Discourse, Proceedings of the 24th Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 136-144.

Beckman, M. and J. Pierrehumbert (1986) Japanese Prosodic Phrasing and Intonation Synthesis, Proceedings of the 24th Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

Anderson, M. J., J. Pierrehumbert, and M. Y. Liberman (1984) Synthesis by Rule of English Intonation Patterns, Proceedings of the IEEE Congress on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Volume I, 2.8.1-2.8.4

Pierrehumbert, J. (1983) Automatic Recognition of Intonation Patterns, Proceedings of the 21rst Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 85-90.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1983) Linguistic Units for F0 Synthesis, Abstracts of the Tenth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Foris Publications, Dordrecht, 137-144.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1981) Synthesizing English Intonation, Proceedings of the Symposium Prosodie, Groupement des Acousticiens de Langue Francaise, Toronto, May 1981.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1979) Intonation Synthesis Based on Metrical Grids, Speech Communication Papers Presented at the 97th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Acoustical Society of America, New York.

Breckenridge, J. and A. Hakulinen (1976) Cycle and After, Papers from the Parasession on Diachronic Syntax, Chicago Linguistic Society, Chicago, 50-68.

Breckenridge, J. (1975) The Post-Cyclicity of Es-Insertion in German,  Papers from the 11th Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Chicago Linguistic Society, Chicago, 81-91.

Reviews, commentaries, reports:

Warner N., J. S Cole, J. I Hualde, J. Kingston A. Arvaniti, M.E. Beckman, J. B. Pierrehumbert, D. H. Whalen (2010) Understanding the complexity and variability of spoken and signed languages. SBE Grand Challenge, White paper submitted to the National Science Foundation 10/14/2010.

Pierrehumbert, J. (2003) Review article: Phonology and Language Use (J. Bybee). Phonology 19(3), 459-463.

Pierrehumbert, J. (2001) Introductory note, CRULP Annual Student Report 2001.
Centre for Research in Urdu Language Processing, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1999) Prosody and Intonation. MIT Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1993) review of J. Goldsmith, Autosegmental and Metrical Phonology, J. of Phonetics, 357-362.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1991) The Whole Theory of Sound Structure, Phonetica 48, 223-232.

Beckman, M. and J. Pierrehumbert (1991) Tactics and strategies for thinking about f0 variation. Papers in Laboratory Phonology II, Cambridge University. Press, Cambridge UK.  387-397.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1990), Intonation. Oxford University Encyclopedia of Linguistics, Oxford University Press. Oxford.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1990) On the value of reductionism and explicitness in phonological models. Papers in Laboratory Phonology I, Cambridge University. Press, Cambridge UK, 276-279.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1989) A preliminary study of consequences of intonation for the voice source. Quarterly Progress and Status Report, Speech Transmission Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. 4/1989, 23-36.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1989). review of B. Altenburg. Prosodic Patterns in Spoken English. Studies in the Correlation between Prosody and Grammer for Text-to-Speech Conversion, Nordic Journal of Linguistics. 209-210.

Pierrehumbert, J. and M.Y. Liberman (1983) On Finding the Iguana, Contemporary Psychology, Vol 28(7), 569-570.

Pierrehumbert, J. and M.Y. Liberman (1982) Modelling the Fundamental Frequency of the Voice, Contemporary Psychology 27, 690-692.

Pierrehumbert, J. (1980) review of T. A. van Dijk, Text and Context: Explorations in the Semantics and Pragmatics of Discourse, Journal of Linguistics, 16, 113-118.

Published conference abstracts:

Pierrehumbert, J. B. (2014) Real Words, Possible Words, and New Words. Proceedings of the 36th Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci2014) Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Dawdy-Hesterberg, L and J. Pierrehumbert (2014) Probability matching on the abstract CV template in Arabic. Paper presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Minneapolis, 1/2014.


Dawdy-Hesterberg, L and J. Pierrehumbert (2013) Generalization of the Arabic Broken Plural to Nonce Forms. Poster presented at the Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing Conference (AMLaP), Marseille France. 9/2013.


Hesterberg, L. and  J.B Pierrehumbert. Computational modeling of the Arabic noun plural and morphological acquisition. Paper presented at Morphology Days, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands | December 2011.


Heller, J, Pierrehumbert J.B (2011) Word Burstiness Improves Models of Word Reduction in Spontaneous Speech, Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP 2011), Paris.

Heller, J., Pierrehumbert, J. B, Rapp, D. (2010) Predicting words beyond the syntactic horizon: Word recurrence distributions modulate on-line long-distance lexical predictability. Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP 2010), Univ. of York UK, Sept. 6-8.

Heller, J., Pierrehumbert, J., & Rapp, D. (2010). Word recurrence distributions modulate the on-line predictability of repeated words in extended texts. 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for Text & Discourse, August 2010.

Wang, H. Yoshida, M. and J.B. Pierrehumbert (2010) The Reduplicated Adjective within the Nominal Phrase in Mandarin (20th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, May  2010, Harvard Univ.)

Konopka, K, and J.B. Pierrehumbert (2010) Vowel dynamics of Mexican Heritage English: Language contact and phonetic change in a Chicago community. (46th Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, April 2010).

Vaughn, C., J. B. Pierrehumbert, and H. Rohde (2009). Using character n-grams to classify native language in a non-native English corpus of transcribed speech. American Association for native English corpus of transcribed speech. American Association for Corpus Linguistics (AACL). October 2009, Edmonton, Canada.

Zheng, X. and J. B. Pierrehumbert: (2009) The effects of metrical prominence and position on duration perception. Linguistics Society of America, Jan. 2009.

Djalali , A., Pierrehumbert, J. and Clark, B. (2008): The effect of focus on bridging inferences. Linguistic Society of America, Chicago, Jan 5 2008.

German, J. and Pierrehumbert, J. (2008): Conditions for accenting pronouns: Contrastivity versus attentional shift, Linguistics Society of America, Chicago, Jan 5, 2008.

German, J., Carlson, K., and Pierrehumbert, J. (2005) Allophonic reassignment in dialect adaptation. Acoustical Society of America, Oct. 2005, Minneapolis.

Ortiz, J. A., Bradlow, A. R. and Pierrehumbert, J. B. (2004) Voiceless stop duration under narrow focus and in clear speech. 75th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, May 2004, New York. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 115, S2541.

Leddon, E. M., J. Lidz, and J. B. Pierrehumbert. (2004Suprasegmental cues to meaning in child-directed speech. CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, College Park, MD, March.

Hicks, J. P. J. Lidz, and J. B.  Pierrehumbert (2004) The role of function words in lexical access and syntactic processing. CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, College Park, MD, March

Hay, J. , J.Faust, J. Pierrehumbert, and M. Beckman, (1999) Lexical Frequency Effects in Speech Errors, Linguistic Society of America Bulletin. Jan 1999.

Bertram, A. and J. Pierrehumbert, A quantitative analysis of transitive phrasal verbs, Linguistic Society of America Bulletin, Jan 1994.

Shadle, C., J. Pierrehumbert and M.Y. Liberman (1979) The Intrinsic Pitch of Vowels in Sentence Context, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 66, S1, S64.

Liberman, M. and J. Pierrehumbert (1979) A Metric for the Height of Certain Pitch Peaks in English, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 66, S1, S64.

Breckenridge, J. (1977) The declination effect, J. Acoust. Soc. Am, 61, S1, S90.


Selected invited addresses and lecture series:

Lexical Variability. Edward Sapir Lecture, Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 6/2013.

Phonological representation. Invited Talk, 50 Years of Linguistics at MIT. 12/2011.

Example-based learning and the dynamics of the lexicon. Plenary address, Linguistic Society of America, 1/2011.

Word frequency, predictability, and availability. FRIAS workshop on Probabilistic Syntax: Phonetics, Diachrony, and Synchrony. Univ. of Freiburg, 3/2010. (invited talk).

Predicting variation in the order of acquisition of morphophonological patterns. Workshop on Computational Modelling of Sound Pattern Acquisition, University of Alberta, Edmonton, 2/2010. (invited talk, 2/14/2010).

Learning Mechanisms and Dialectal Differentiation. Production, Perception, and Attitude Symposium. Leuven, Apr. 2-3. 2009. (Keynote).

Mechanisms of Reduction. Workshop on Speech Reduction, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Nijmegen. June. 2008. (Invited talk).

Sustaining Linguistic Complexity. Society for Language Development, Boston, Nov. 1, 2007. (Keynote address).

Language Dynamics and Social Networks. NWAV, Columbus, OH, Nov. 11, 2006. (Keynote).

Phonological learning and phonological learnability. LingEvid2006, February 4, 2006. (Keynote).

Incremental learning of the phonological grammar. LSA, Albuquerque NM, Jan. 8, 2006. (Panelist).

Formation and stability of phonological grammars. AAAS, Washington D.C., Feb. 2005 (Panelist)

Frequency effects in exemplar models, Linguistics Society of America, Oakland, January 2005 (Panelist).

Mergers and Near-Mergers, VarPhon (Variation and Change in Phonology and Phonetics), University of Potsdam, October 2004. (Keynote)

Fréquence et Structure, Journées Internationales du Réseau Français de Phonologie, Orléans, June 2004. (Keynote)

Sociocognitive models of language variation. University of Canterbury, New Zealand. June 2003-August 2003. (Lecture series).

Community Phonology, 39th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, June 2003. (with Paul Gross). (Keynote)

Exemplar Theory. Probability Theory in Linguistics 2, Linguistic Society of America, Atlanta, GA. January, 2003. (Panelist)

Words and wordoids. Journées d'études sur l'acquisition phonologique précoce. Carry-le-Rouet, France, October 2001. (Invited)

Beyond Contrast and Ease. Conference on the Phonology/Phonetics Interface, Berlin, Oct. 2001. (Keynote)

Probabilistic Approaches to Phonology. Linguistic Society of America-2001 Symposium on Probability Theory in Linguistics. Washington D.C. June 2001. (Panelist)

An exemplar model of phonetic knowledge and phonological change, Annual UNC Linguistics Colloquium, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. April, 2000. (Keynote)

"#, ?, and +", 7th Conference in Laboratory Phonology, Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics/University of Nijmegen. July 2000. (Invited).

What people know about sounds of language. Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, July 1999. (Plenary Forum Lecture).

Interpreting 'phonetic interpretation' over the lexicon, 6th Conference in Laboratory Phonology, University of York (with Mary Beckman), July 1998. (Invited)

Phonological grammar as perception of likelihood. The phonetic grounding of phonology. Current Trends in Phonology II, Royaumont, June 1998. (Invited).

The phonetic grounding of phonology. Texas Linguistics Society Phonetics/Phonology Conference, University of Texas, Austin, March 1998. (Keynote).

Experiments and Instrumental Surveys. Panel on Representations, paradigms, and problem choice in research on phonetic behavior. Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Jan. 1998. (Panelist).

Prosody and Grammar, Linguistic Society of Finland. August 1997. (Keynote)

Post-modular ontology: phonetilogics versus phonetics, HILP3, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, January 1997. (Keynote)

Jeux de mots et structure phonologique. Dépendence des traits distinctifs. Sur l'Intonation. Institute de Linguistique et Phonétique Générales et Appliquées, Paris. December 1996-April 1997. (Lecture series, )

Formalizing Functionalism. 23th UWM Linguistics Symposium: Conference on Functionalism and Formalism in Linguistics. Milwaukee, April 1996. (Invited)

Competition and Cooperation in the Lexicon. Southwestern Optimality Theory Symposium. U.C Irvine, May 1996. (Keynote).

What's stress? Workshop on tone, stress, and intonation. Oxford University, June 8, 1995. (Keynote)

Astor Lecture Series, Oxford University, June 1995. (Lecture series).

The Use of Theory in Experimental Design, Symposium on Usage-Based Models of Language. Rice University, March 16-18, 1995. (Invited).

Implications of Hindi Prosodic Structure, Current Trends in Phonology: Models and Methods. Royaumont, June, 1995. (with R. Nair). (Invited).

Knowledge of Variation, Parasession on Language Variation, 30th Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, April 1994. (Keynote).

Prosodic Effects on Glottal Allophones, 8th Vocal Fold Physiology Conference, Kurume, April 1994. (Invited).

Alignment and Prosodic Heads, Eastern States Conference on Linguistics, Ohio State University, August 1993. (Keynote).

Prosodic Transcription and Why We Need it. NSF BBS funded conference. Prosodically Transcribed Data and Transcription Tools for Linguistics Research. Ohio State University, June 1993. (Keynote).

Declarative Phonology, XVth International Congress of Linguists, Quebec, August 1992. (Panelist).

The Status of Two-Tone Transcription, NSF sponsored workshop on Grammatical Foundations of Prosody and Discourse, University of California, Santa Cruz. June 1991.

Music and the Phonological Principle, International Wenner-Gren Symposium on Music, Language, Speech, and Brain, Stockholm, Sept. 1990. (Invited).

Prosody, Intonation, and Speech Technology, Symposium on Challenges in Natural Language Processing, Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Cambridge MA, Dec. 1989. (Invited).

The Timing of Prenuclear High Accents in English, 1rst Meeting on Laboratory Phonology, Columbus OH. 1987. (with K. Silverman) (Invited).

AI and the Sound Structure of Language, 6th National Congress on Artificial Intelligience, 1987. (with M. Y. Liberman). (Plenary address).

The Form and Interpretation of English Intonation, 25th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Palo Alto, 1987. (Tutorial).

After 25 Years, Directions of Natural Language Processing'. 25th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Palo Alto, 1987. (Panelist).

Linguistic Units for F0 Synthesis, 10th Inter. Congr. of Phonetic Sciences, 1983. (Panelist).


Postdoctoral Advisor (with current position).

Peter Racz (current) Postdoc on Wordovators Project, New Zealand Institute of Language Brain and Behavior. Co-advised with Jen Hay.

Clayton Beckner (current) Postdoc on Wordovators Project, New Zealand Institute of Language Brain and Behavior. Co-advised with Jen Hay.

Eduardo Altmann (2008-2009).  (Group leader, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden) Co-advised with Adilson Motter,  Northwestern Univ. Physics.


Andrea Sims, Post-doc (2006-2008) (Asst. Prof. of Slavic, Ohio State Univ.)


Cynthia Clopper (2005-6). (Assoc. Prof. of Linguistics and Assoc. Director, Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Ohio State University). Co-advised with Ann Bradlow.


Katy Carlson (2001-2003) Assoc. Prof. of English, Morehead State University.


Fred Cummins (1997-8) (College Lecturer, University College Dublin School of  Computer Science and Informatics.)


Kim Silverman (1986-87) (Principal Research Scientist; Manager of Spoken Language Technologies, Apple Inc.)


Shirley Steele (1986) (Independent new media artist.)


Mary E. Beckman (1984-85) (Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, Ohio State University).


Chair of Ph.D Dissertation committee:

Samantha Gett Heidenreich (in progress) The intonation of disjunctive and interrogative constructions.

Peter Baumann (in progress) Pragmatic conventions in cooperative and non-cooperative settings.

R. Alexander Schumacher (in progress) Complex lexical entries in syntax and the lexicon.

Jeremy Needle (in progress) Lexical and sociolinguistic factors in morphological productivity.

Lisa Dawdy-Hesterberg (2014) The Structural and Statistical Basis of Morphological Generalization in Arabic.

Kenneth Konopka (2011) Sociophonetic Exploration of Mexican-American Vowel Patterns (Lecturer, Northwestern University).

Robert Daland (2009) Word segmentation, word recognition, and word learning: A computational model of first language acquisition. (Asst. Prof. of Linguistics, UCLA).

James German (2008) Prosodic Strategies for Negotiating Reference in Discourse. (Professor and A*Midex Rising Stars Fellow, Laboratoire Parole et Langage, CNRS & Aix Marseille University.)

Carolyn Gottfurcht-Zafra (2007) Denominal Verb Formation in English. (Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.)

John Evar Strid (2006) The Effect of Phonological Structure and Orthographic Depth on Visual Word Access. (Asst. Prof. of Literacy Education, Northern Illinois Univ.)

Deborah Berkley (2000) Gradient OCP Effects. (Linguistic text engineer, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond Washington).

Jen Hay (2000) Causes and Consequences of Word Structure. (Prof. of Linguistics. University of Canterbury, Christchurch NZ. Director of the New Zealand Institute on Language, Brain, and Behavior.).

Rami Nair (1998) Syllables and Word Edges. (Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Department of Asian Language and Cultures, Northwestern University)

Sarmad Hussain (1997) Phonetic Correlates of Lexical Stress in Urdu. Professor and Director of the Center for Language Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. (Co-advised with Bruce Smith.)

Stefan Frisch (1996) Similarity and Frequency in Phonology. (Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Florida. 

Member of Committee for “Habilitation a Diriger les Recherches (France)

Albert Rilliard (2014)

Christophe d’Allesandro (1997).

Member of Ph.D Dissertation Committee:

Honglei Wang (Linguistics, 2012)


Nattalia Paterson (Linguistics, 2011)


Rachel Baker (Linguistics, 2010).

Youngeun Lee (Linguistics, 2006)

Jessica Peterson Hicks (Linguistics, 2006)

Tessa Bent (Linguistics, 2005)

Rachide Ridouane (Université de Paris III, 2003)

Xuejing Sun (Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2002) 


Saundra Wright (Linguistics, 2001)

Linda DiDesidero (Linguistics, 1999)

Grace Song (Linguistics, 1997)

Gerald Corrigan (EECS, 1996)

Talke MacFarland (Linguistics, 1995)

Mari Olsen (Linguistics, 1994)

Betty Birner (Linguistics, 1992)

Andrea Simonsen (Communication Sciences and Disorders, 1991)

Chair of MA Committee:

Karen Chu (2013) Investigating novel word blends using Games with a Purpose.

Lisa Hesterberg (2012) Building a predictive model of the Arabic broken plural.

Charlotte Vaughn (2011) Native Language Classification in a Corpus of Transcribed Spoken English.

Tyler Perrachione (2007) A Linguistic Basis for the Language-Familiarity Effect in Talker Identification.

D. Gordon (2003) Influence of Russian L1 Palatalization Rules on Three Consonants in Azeri L2.

L. Hartmann (2002) Morphological Competition in Conjugation of Spanish Verbs. Linguistics. (MA/BA program)

C. Coburn (2000) Production and Perception of Focus Intonation. Linguistics.

A. Talle, (1995) The Impact of lexical tone on the realization of melody in Vietnamese poetry recitation. Linguistics and Music Cognition. (MA/BA program)

A. Bertram (1994) A Quantitative Study of Transitive Phrasal Verbs: Form, Function, and Word Order, Linguistics.

M. Anderson, (1984) Pitch Determination of Speech Signals, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT. (MIT-Bell Labs Coop Program).

Chair of Undergraduate Honors Thesis Committee:

A. Gooch (2006) The Role of Reduced Vowel Durations in the Perception of Foreign Accents in French and English. (Linguistics).

S. Corrado (1994) An experimental study of stress on Russian nonwords. (Linguistics).


Linguistics 300: Topics in Linguistics. Prosody and Intonation.

Linguistics 336 Words, Networks and the Internet.

Linguistics 350 Fundamentals of Laboratory Phonology.

Linguistics 361 Morphology.

Linguistics 450-1 Laboratory Phonology I.

CMN 401 Companion seminar to the Language and Cognition colloquium series.


French (excellent).

Finnish, Russian, German (reading).


Funding Agencies:

John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.


National Institutes of Health.


National Science Foundation.


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada.


The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, Sweden.


The John Templeton Foundation.



Cambridge University Press



Cognitive Science

Journal of the Acoustical Society of America


Journal of Memory and Language

Journal of Phonetics

Laboratory Phonology


Language and Speech

MIT Press



Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Speech Communication




Association for Computational Linguistics


EMBLAU workshop (Exemplar Based Models of Language Acquisition and Use). St. Andrews, 2007.



Linguistic Society of America (Lifetime member. Fellow 2012)

Association for Laboratory Phonology (Founding Member)

Cognitive Science Society (Fellow, 2013).