Articles and Conference Proceedings

“For one thing, it’s not easy for cognitive scientists to get grants if they are working on questions of any theoretical interest.”

— Jerry Alan Fodor, The Mind Doesn’t Work That Way, ch1, p10. —

  1. Syllable-Structure & Rhythm in Urama (2012)

  2. Rhythmic Variation in Urama (2012)

  3. Rhythm, Metrics & The Link to Phonology (2013)

    [NOTE: It must have been subconscious, and will necessarily seem post-hoc in retrospect, but Charles Reiss pointed out that there is some similarity in ‘thinking’ in parts of what I wrote in this and the seminal work by Gallistell & King (2011). That about makes this fumbling attempt worth the labor, I think! The data itself is rather trivial, but the math is solid and the metrics are what they are. So overall, I think the underlying philosophy is something I still stand by.]

  4. Coronal Obstruents & Constraint Interactions in Bangla (2013)

    [NOTE: I have since abandoned O.T. as being fundamentally misguided, even and especially as an ICS model, due to problems with look-ahead, substance and duplication of phonetic information in phonology. In keeping with the demands of ‘explanatory adequacy’ in the pursuit of Theory, I now fully identify with the framework of Substance-Free Phonology, pioneered by Mark Hale & Charles Reiss. I am also grateful to Bill Idsardi for his valuable, ever insightful comments on this piece.]

  5. Perceiving Markedness: Dichotic Listening & Hemispheric Integration in Perceptual Processing.

  6. Bilingual Phonology in Dichotic Perception: A Case Study of Malayalam Voicing

    [NOTE: I am currently editing this piece with some reruns of the experiments for submission to Glossa, and as such the text is likely to change.]

  7. Core Phonological Grammar Manipulates Functional Pressures in Articulation & Perception: A Case Study of Malayalam Velar Palatlization. [In Prep.]

    [NOTE: I am grateful to Iris Berent, and her seminal book The Phonological Mind, for the inspiration underlying this piece. Iris, in my opinion, is among the finest experimental phonologists working today! I highly recommend all things Berent!]

  8. Quantification in the Syntax of Phonology: A Substance-Free Approach.

  9. Nurturing Nature & The Nature of Nurture: Genes, Environment & The Inadequacy of Externalist Thinking. [In Prep]

  10. Noam Chomsky, in Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Sciences (ed) Todd K. Shackelford and Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford), Meteor, Springer

"Everyone engaged in research must have had the experience of working with feverish and prolonged intensity to write a paper which no one else will read or to solve a problem which no one else thinks important and which will bring no conceivable reward--which may only confirm a general opinion that the researcher is wasting his time on irrelevancies. The fact that rats and monkeys do likewise is interesting and important to show in careful experiment."

                                                                                 Noam Chomsky, (A Review of B.F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior)