James White

 

My research interests fall within the general areas of phonology, phonetics, and language acquisition.


I am primarily interested in how people learn the phonological patterns of their language(s), which biases they bring to the learning process, and how we can model the phonological grammar, both in terms of what is learned and how it is learned.


I am currently the Assistant Secretary of the Linguistic Association of Great Britain (LAGB), and the co-director of the UCL Laboratory for Language and Speech Diversions (LLSD).


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Contact information

        mail:        Chandler House          

                        2 Wakefield Street

                        London  WC1N 1PF

                        United Kingdom          


        office:       Chandler House 102b

        phone:     +44 (0)20 7679 4288

        email:       j.c.white (at) ucl (dot) ac (dot) uk

Lecturer

Department of Linguistics

University College London

(Last updated:  5 April 2017)

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Publications and manuscripts

White, J. (2017). Accounting for the learnability of saltation in phonological theory: A maximum entropy model with a P-map bias. Language, 93(1), 1–36.

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Hayes, B. & White, J. (2015). Saltation and the P-map. Phonology, 32(2), 1–36.


Garellek, M. & White, J. (2015). Phonetics of Tongan stress. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 45(1), 13–34.


White, J. & Sundara, M. (2014). Biased generalization of newly learned phonological alternations by 12-month-old infants. Cognition, 133(1), 85–90.


White, J. (2014). Evidence for a learning bias against saltatory phonological alternations. Cognition, 130(1), 96–115.  [ List of stimuli ]


White, J. (2013). Bias in phonological learning: Evidence from saltation. Ph.D. dissertation, UCLA.


Hayes, B. & White, J. (2013). Phonological naturalness and phonotactic learning. Linguistic Inquiry, 44(1), 45–75.  [ Supplementary materials ]


Garellek, M. & White, J. (2012). Stress correlates and vowel targets in Tongan. UCLA Working Papers in Phonetics, 110, 65–85.


Daland, R., Hayes, B., White, J., Garellek, M., Davis, A. & Norrmann, I. (2011). Explaining sonority projection effects. Phonology, 28(2), 197–234.


White, J. (2011). Experimental evidence for pre-lexical inhibition in spoken word recognition. M.A. thesis, UCLA.


Garellek, M. & White, J. (2009). Acoustic correlates of stress and their use in diagnosing syllable fusion in Tongan. UCLA Working Papers in Phonetics, 108, 35–65.


Conference presentations

Chiu, F. & White, J. (2016). Disentangling sonority and attestedness: An EEG study of onset clusters in English. OCP 13.


Yin, H. & White, J. (2016). Neutralization avoidance and naturalness in artificial language learning. 90th Meeting of the LSA. [slides]


Yin, H. & White, J. (2015). Neutralization avoidance and naturalness in the learning of palatalization. Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP). [slides]


White, J. & Robillard, S. (2015). Variable schwa realization in Laurentian French: A MaxEnt grammar approach. 23rd MFM. [slides]


White, J., Kim, Y., Chong, A. & Sundara, M. (2015). Phonetic similarity as a bias in infant phonological learning. 37th Annual Meeting of the DGfS. [slides]


White, J., Sundara, M., Kim, Y. & Chong, A. (2014). Infant learning of phonological alternations is biased by phonetic similarity. Workshop on Learning Biases in Natural and Artificial Language Acquisition, LAGB.  [poster]


White, J. (2014). Role of perceptual similarity in learning phonological alternations. MOLT Phonology Workshop.  [slides]


White, J. (2014). Learning alternations in a maximum entropy model: The role of perceptual similarity. 88th Meeting of the LSA.  [slides]


White, J. (2013). Role of perceptual similarity in the acquisition of phonological alternations: A biased Maximum Entropy learning model. 38th BUCLD.  [slides]


Sundara, M., Kim, Y., White, J. & Chong A. (2013). There is no pat in patting: Acquisition of phonological alternations by English-learning 12-month-olds. 38th BUCLD.  [slides]


White, J. & Sundara, M. (2012). Infant biases in the learning of phonological alternations. 37th BUCLD.  [slides]


White, J. (2012). On the learnability of saltatory phonological alternations. LabPhon 13.  [poster]


White, J. (2012). Evidence for a learning bias against “satlatory” phonological alternations in artificial language learning. 86th Meeting of the LSA.  [slides]


White, J. & Garellek, M. (2011). Acoustic correlates of stress and their use in diagnosing syllable fusion in Tongan. 161st Meeting of the ASA.  [poster]


White, J. & Garellek, M. (2011). Acoustic correlates of stress and their use in diagnosing syllable fusion in Tongan. 18th Meeting of AFLA.  [slides]


White, J. & Sundara, M. (2010). Experimental evidence for phoneme-level inhibition in spoken word recognition. 160th Meeting of the ASA.  [poster]


White, J. (2009). Looking for phoneme-level inhibition in spoken word recognition using auditory lexical decision. 158th Meeting of the ASA.  [poster]