I study how exceptionful or probabilistic generalizations over linguistic objects are learned, and how they are represented in the adult linguistic system. I am especially interested in phonological patterns that exhibit variation across rather than within lexical items (for example, English stress). In patterns like these, competent speakers must learn both the general pattern, and the behavior of individual words.
I am also interested in prosodic structure, both at the level of the word, and of the sentence. I am particularly interested in the process of planning and implementing prosodic structure during sentence production.
2016. The representation of probabilistic phonological patterns: Neurological, behavioral, and computational evidence from the English stress system. Doctoral dissertation, University of Massachusetts Amherst. ( full text )
2015. The phonological grammar is probabilistic: New evidence pitting abstract representation against analogy. ( Project page )
2014. with Robert Staubs. Modeling morphological subgeneralizations. ( Project page )
2013. Syntactic probability influences duration: Production of prosodic boundaries in clefted structures ( Project page )
2011. with Bruce Hayes Gerard Manley Hopkins's sprung rhythm: corpus study and stochastic grammar. ( Project page )
2011. Over- and Under-generalization in derivational morphology. ( Project page )
2017. Smith, Brian W., and Claire Moore-Cantwell. Emergent idiosyncrasy in English comparatives. In Andrew Lamont and Katie Tetzloff, eds., NELS 47: Proceedings of the 47th meeting of the North East linguistic Society. Amherst: Graduate Linguistic Student Association. pp. 127-140
2014. Moore-Cantwell, Claire and Robert Staubs. Modeling morphological subgeneralizations. In John Kingston, Claire Moore-Cantwell, Joe Pater, and Robert Staubs, eds., Proceedings of the 2013 meeting on Phonology. Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC.
2013. Moore-Cantwell, Claire. Syntactic probability influences duration. In Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, Proceedings from the joint meeting of the 21st International Congress on Acoustics and the 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. 19:060206
I maintain a spreadsheet keeping track of who asks questions at various conferences. The focus of this project is to better understand the disparity between questions from men and questions from women at linguistics conferences. (See my reports from AMP 2016 and AMP 2017 for more).
Anyone is encouraged to contribute data to the spreadsheet, or analyze and discuss data presented there.