Educational Background

2003, B.A., Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2007, M.A., Linguistics, The Ohio State University

2009, Ph.D., Linguistics, The Ohio State University

Areas of Interest

My research focuses on answering questions in theoretical phonology using techniques from a wide variety of areas, including experimental phonetics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, semantics, and information theory.

The kinds of questions I am interested in are:

  • what discrete categories of sound do language users extract from a continuous acoustic signal?
  • what relationships may hold between these sound categories in a given language?
  • what patterns and processes apply to these categories?
  • what linguistic information do these categories convey?
  • how do language learners acquire these categories?
  • to what extent are these categories, relationships, and processes psychologically real and reflected in perception and production?
  • what cognitive processes have led to these categories, relationships, and processes?
  • how can these categories, relationships, and processes be modeled in an objective and predictive way?

Courses Currently Teaching

Winter 2017

LING200 Linguistic Theory and Analysis I Sections

Introduction to phonetics and phonology; training in the identification and production of speech sounds; principles and methods for describing and writing the sound system of a language; phonological theory with reference to selected languages; the interface between phonology and morphology. Analytical practice and seminar discussion.


Hall, Kathleen Currie, Hanna Smith, Kevin McMullin, Blake Allen & Noriko Yamane. 2017. Using Optical Flow Analysis on Ultrasound of the Tongue to Examine Phonological Relationships. Canadian Acoustics / Acoustique canadienne 45.15-24.

Hall, Daniel Currie, & Kathleen Currie Hall. (2016). Marginal contrasts and the Contrastivist Hypothesis. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 1(1), 1-23.

Tkachman, Oksana, Kathleen Currie Hall, André Xavier, & Bryan Gick. 2016. Sign Language Phonetic Annotation meets Phonological CorpusTools:
 Towards a Sign Language Toolset
 for Phonetic Notation and Phonological Analysis. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting on Phonology.

Hume, Elizabeth, Kathleen Currie Hall, and Andrew Wedel. 2016. Predicting Perceptually Weak and Strong Unmarked Patterns: A Message-based Approach. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting on Phonology.

Hall, Kathleen Currie, Claire Allen, Tess Fairburn, Michael Fry, Michael McAuliffe, & Kevin McMullin. 2016. Measuring perceived morphological relatedness. Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique. 61.31-67.

Hall, Kathleen Currie, Veronica Letawsky, Alannah Turner, Claire Allen, & Kevin McMullin. 2015. Effects of predictability of distribution on within-language perception. In Proceedings of the 2015 Canadian Linguistics Association, ed. by S. Vīnerte.

Hume, Elizabeth V., Wakayo Mattingly, & Kathleen Currie Hall. 2015. The influence of preceding consonant on perceptual epenthesis in Japanese. In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (Ed.), Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow. Paper #0888.

Hall, Kathleen Currie, Claire Allen, Kevin McMullin, Veronica Letawsky, & Alannah Turner. 2015. Measuring Magnitude of Tongue Movement for Vowel Height and Backness. In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (Ed.), Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow. Paper #0854.

Hall, Kathleen Currie. 2015. Categorical segments, probabilistic models. The segment in phonetics and phonology, ed. by C. Cairns & E. Raimy, 129-146. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Hume, Elizabeth, Kathleen Currie Hall and Andy Wedel. 2014. Strategic Responses to Uncertainty: Strong and Weak Sound Patterns. In Juhee Lee (ed.), Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Phonology and Morphology. Seoul: Hankukmunhwasa. 24-38.

Smith, E. Allyn, and Kathleen Currie Hall. (2014) The relationship between projection and embedding environment. In Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistics Society.

Hall, Kathleen Currie. 2013. A typology of intermediate phonological relationships. The Linguistic Review 30.215-75.

Hall, Kathleen Currie. 2013. Documenting phonological change: A comparison of two Japanese phonemic splits. Proceedings of the 2013 Canadian Linguistics Association, ed. by S. Luo.

Hume, Elizabeth, Kathleen Currie Hall, Andy Wedel, Adam Ussishkin, Martine Adda-Decker & Cédric Gendrot. 2012. Anti-markedness patterns in French epenthesis. Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 37.104-23.

Hall, Kathleen Currie. 2012. Phonological relationships: A probabilistic model. Proceedings of “Phonology in the 21st Century”, ed. by A. McKillen & J. Loughran. Montreal, QC: McGill Working Papers in Linguistics.

Smith, E. Allyn, and Kathleen Currie Hall. (2011) Projection diversity: Experimental evidence. In Proceedings of ESSLLI 2011: Workshop on Projective Content, ed. Gregory Kiersted.

Li, Fangfang, Benjamin Munson, Jan Edwards, Kiyoko Yoneyama, and Kathleen Currie Hall. (2011) Language specificity in the perception of voiceless sibilant fricatives in Japanese and English: Implications for cross-language differences in speech-sound development. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129(2), 999-1011.

Smith, E. Allyn, Kathleen Currie Hall, and Benjamin Munson. (2010) Bringing semantics to sociophonetics: Social variables and secondary entailments. Laboratory Phonology, 1(1), 121-155.

Boomershine, Amanda, Kathleen Currie Hall, Elizabeth Hume, and Keith Johnson. (2008) The impact of allophony vs. contrast on speech perception. In Contrast in Phonology: Perception and Acquisition, eds. Peter Avery, B. Elan Dresher, and Keren Rice, 146-172. New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Hall, Kathleen Currie. (2007) Pairwise perceptual magnet effects. In Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, eds. Jürgen Trouvain and William J. Barry, 669-672. Dudweiler: Pirrot GmbH.

Bergmann, Anouschka, Kathleen Currie Hall, and Sharon Miriam Ross, eds. (2007) Language Files: Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics. 10th edition. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press.

Hall, Kathleen Currie. (2005) Defining phonological rules over lexical neighbourhoods: Evidence from Canadian Raising. InProceedings of the 24th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, eds. John Alderete, Chung-hye Han, and Alexei Kochetov, 191-199. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.