Aaron & Graham
  • Associate Professor, Linguistics

Research Keywords

  • Phonology
  • Phonological Theory
  • Optimality Theory
  • Chamorro
  • Phonetics/Phonology Interface
  • French linguistics
  • Phonological optionality

Presentations

  • Opacity in Eastern Andalusian Harmony. Annual Meeting on Phonology 2020, UC Santa Cruz, September 20. Poster, Presented, 09/20/2020.
  • Harmonic Bounding in (Noisy) Harmonic Grammar. Invited talk at Linguistics at Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/29/2020.
  • Noisy HG Models of Eastern Andalusian Harmony. Sixteenth Old World Conference in Phonology, University of Verona, Verona, Italy. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/18/2019.
    https://linguistics.utah.edu/faculty/aaron_kaplan/...
  • Noisy HG Models of Eastern Andalusian Harmony. Analyzing Typological Structure: From Categorical to Probabilistic Phonology, Stanford Univ., September 22. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/22/2018.
    https://linguistics.utah.edu/faculty/aaron_kaplan/...
  • Intervening Positions in Long-Distance Positional Licensing Effects. GLOW 41, Budapest. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/10/2018.
    https://linguistics.utah.edu/faculty/aaron_kaplan/...
  • Imperfect Rhymes as a Measure of Phonological Similarity, UNC Spring Colloquium. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/07/2018.
    https://linguistics.utah.edu/faculty/aaron_kaplan/...
  • Positive Positional Licensing and Overshoot in Tudanca Montañés. LSA Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT. Poster, Presented, 01/05/2018.
    https://linguistics.utah.edu/faculty/aaron_kaplan/...
  • Overshoot in Positional Licensing. Western Conference on Linguistics, Boise, ID. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/20/2017.
  • Opportunistic Centralization in Tudanca Montañés. The 25th Manchester Phonology Meeting, Manchester, UK. Poster, Presented, 05/26/2017.
  • The Limits of Positive Constraints. paper presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/08/2016.
  • Long-Distance Licensing in Harmonic Grammar. presented at the American Meeting on Phonology, Vancouver, BC. Poster, Presented, 10/10/2015.
  • Long-distance licensing in Harmonic Grammar. Paper presented at Strong Versus Weak Prosodic Positions: Possible Variation and Relevance for Grammar. Leipzig, Germany. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/04/2015.
  • McCarvel, Miranda and Aaron Kaplan (2014) Positional Faithfulness in Harmonic Grammar. Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Minneapolis, MN, January 2–5. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/03/2014.
  • Bayles, Andrew, Aaron Kaplan, and Abby Kaplan (2013) Intra- and Inter-Speaker Variation in French Schwa: Implications for Theories of Optionality. poster presented at Phonology 2013, Amherst, MA, November 10. Poster, Presented, 11/10/2013.
  • McCarvel, Miranda and Aaron Kaplan (2013) Positional Faithfulness in Harmonic Grammar. poster presented at Phonology 2013, Amherst, MA, November 10. Poster, Presented, 11/10/2013.
  • McCarvel, Miranda and Aaron Kaplan (2013) Positional Faithfulness in Harmonic Grammar. poster presented at the 44th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, Storrs, CT, October 19. Poster, Presented, 10/19/2013.
  • Maximal Prominence in Positional Licensing. The 21st Manchester Phonology Meeting, Manchester, UK, May 25. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/25/2013.
  • Variation in Eastern Andalusian Vowel Harmony. University of North Carolina Spring Colloquium, Chapel Hill, NC, April 28. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/28/2012.
  • Optionality, Markedness Suppression, and the Status of Processes in Phonology. University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/25/2010.
  • Gradualness and Harmonic Improvement without Candidate Chains in Chamorro. Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Baltimore, MD. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/09/2010.
  • Chamorro Umlaut: An Argument Against Candidate Chains. Poster, Presented, 05/2009.
  • Iterative Optionality and Markedness Suppression. Poster, Presented, 01/10/2009.
  • Peak Delay and Tonal Noniterativity. University of Southern California Phon Lunch. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/24/2008.
  • Pretonic Non-Prominence in Chamorro Umlaut. Fifth Old World Conference in Phonology, Toulouse, France. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/2008.
  • Stress is the Trigger of Chamorro Umlaut. Mid-America Linguistics Conference, Lawrence, Kansas. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/27/2007.
  • Processes and Optionality in Chamorro Umlaut. Stanford Phonology Workshop. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/22/2007.
  • Vowel Harmony in Lango: Noniterativity and Licensing. Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Anaheim, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/07/2007.
  • Licensed Harmony in Lango. Trilateral Phonology Weekend, Berkeley, CA. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/18/2006.
  • Licensing and Noniterative Harmony in Lango. Poster, Presented, 10/13/2006.
  • Prosodic Tone with Segmental Pitch. The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, Berkeley, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/10/2006.
  • Segmental Behavior of Suprasegmental Tone. Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Albuquerque, NM. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 01/06/2006.
  • Segmental Behavior of Suprasegmental Tone. Mid-Continental Workshop on Phonology 11, Ann Arbor, MI. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/04/2005.
  • Long-Distance Wh-Movement in Chamorro. 12th Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association, Los Angeles, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/01/2005.
  • Vowel Length and Coda Cluster Interactions in Misantla Totonac. Penn Linguistics Colloquium 29, Philadelphia, PA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/27/2005.
  • Restricting Coda Clusters in Optimality Theory. Linguistics at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/06/2004.
  • Patterns of Relativization and Recent Formulations of Markedness. 2002 UNC Linguistics Colloquium, Chapel Hill, NC. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/27/2002.
  • NP Types in Relative Clauses: Corpus Results and Reading-Time Measures. CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Philadelphia, PA. Poster, Presented, 03/15/2001.

Languages

  • French, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Southern Europe
    I work on minor Romance languages, particularly those of Italy and Spain.

Publications

  • Maximal Prominence and a Theory of Possible Licensors. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 33.4, 1235-1270. Published, 12/2015.
    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11049-01...
  • Local Optionality with Partial Orders. Phonology 33.2:285–324. Published, 10/2016.
  • Miranda McCarvel & Aaron Kaplan (2019). Positional Faithfulness in Harmonic Grammar. Journal of Linguistics. Vol. 55, 12-159. Published, 01/2019.
  • Tonal and Morphological Identity in Reduplication. Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 32. Published, 01/2012.
  • Variation through Markedness Suppression. Phonology 28.3, 331-370. Published, 12/2011.
  • Harmonic Improvement without Candidate Chains in Chamorro. Linguistic Inquiry 42.4, 631-650. Published, 11/2011.
  • Stress is the Trigger of Chamorro Umlaut. Emily Tummons and Stephanie Lux (eds.), Proceedings of the 2007 Mid-America Linguistics Conference, Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics Vol. 30, 135-149. Published, 05/30/2008.
    https://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/dspace/handle/1808/2...
  • Licensing and Noniterative Harmony in Lango. Proceedings of NELS 37. Published, 01/2008.
  • The Syllable as Contour Tone Host. Phonology at Santa Cruz 7. Published, 11/2007.
    http://escholarship.org/uc/item/3sr39341
  • Phonology at Santa Cruz 7 (with David Teeple). Published, 11/2007.
    http://escholarship.org/uc/lrc_pasc
  • Vowel Length and Coda Cluster Interactions in Misantla Totonac. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium, Penn Linguistics Club. Published, 03/2006.
  • Long-Distance Wh-Movement in Chamorro. Jeffrey Heinz and Dimitris Ntelitheos (eds.), Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA), UCLA Working Papers in Linguistics, 117-130. Published, 01/2005.
    http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/faciliti/wpl/issue...
  • Aaron Kaplan (2021) Persistence and Opacity in Eastern Andalusian Harmony. In Ryan Bennett, Richard Bibbs, Mykel Loren Brinkerhoff, Max J. Kaplan, Stephanie Rich, Nicholas Van Handel & Maya Wax Cavallaro (eds.), Supplemental Proceedings of the 2020 Annual Meeting on Phonology. Washington, DC: Linguistic Society of America. Accepted, 01/24/2021.
  • Aaron Kaplan & Rachel Walker (to appear in 2022) What Constitutes Privileged Positions In Vowel Harmony? In Nancy A. Ritter and Harry van der Hulst (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Vowel Harmony. Accepted, 06/2020.
  • Aaron Kaplan (2019). Overshoot in Licensing-Driven Harmony. Phonology. Vol. 36, 605-626. Published, 12/2019.
    https://doi.org/10.1017/S0952675719000319
  • Aaron Kaplan (2018). Positional Licensing, Asymmetric Trade-Offs, and Gradient Constraints in Harmonic Grammar. Phonology. Vol. 35, 247-286. Published, 06/2018.
  • Long-Distance Licensing in Harmonic Grammar. Proceedings of AMP 2015. Published, 06/2016.