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Publications

*equal contribution
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Under review

Meyrav Shoham, Elinor Amit, Yael Steinhart, and Uriel Cohen Priva, Unrer Revision. Structure through numbers: How and why low-complexity numbers appeal to consumers. (bib)

#Shiying Yang and Uriel Cohen Priva, Under Revision. Too much information: How the structure of the lexicon avoids information overload. (bib)

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Strand, Under Revision. Schwa’s duration and acoustic position in American English. (preprint at psyarxiv.com/gwkvh/, bib)

Refereed journal articles

*Uriel Cohen Priva and *Chelsea Sanker. 2020. Natural leaders: Some interlocutors elicit greater convergence across conversations and across characteristics. Cognitive Science, 44 (10): e12897. (preprint, download published version, bib)

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason. 2020. The causal structure of lenition: A case for the causal precedence of durational shortening. Language, 96 (2): 413–448. (open access, bib)

*Uriel Cohen Priva and *Chelsea Sanker. 2019. Limitations of difference-in-difference for measuring convergence. Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, 10 (1): 15. (bib)

#Jie Ren, Uriel Cohen Priva, and James L. Morgan. 2019. Underspecification in infants’ and adults’ lexical representations. Cognition, 193: 103991. (preprint, bib)

Elinor Amit, SoYon Rim, Georg Halbeisen, Uriel Cohen Priva, Elena Stephan, and Yaacov Trope. 2019. Distance-dependent memory for pictures and words. Journal of Memory and Language, 105: 119–130. (preprint, bib)

#Babak Hemmatian, #Sabina J Sloman, Uriel Cohen Priva, and Steven A Sloman. 2019. Think of the consequences: A decade of discourse about same-sex marriage. Behavior Research Methods. (bib)

Uriel Cohen Priva and T. Florian Jaeger. 2018. The interdependence of frequency, predictability, and informativity in the segmental domain. Linguistics Vanguard, 4 (S2). (preprint, bib)

Uriel Cohen Priva, #Lee Edelist, and Emily Gleason. 2017. Converging to the baseline: Corpus evidence for convergence in speech rate to interlocutor’s baseline. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141 (5): 2989–2996. (preprint, bib)

Uriel Cohen Priva. 2017. Not so fast: Fast speech correlates with lower lexical and structural information. Cognition, 160: 27–34. (preprint, bib)

Uriel Cohen Priva. 2017. Informativity and the actuation of lenition. Language, 93 (3): 569–597. (open access, bib)

Uriel Cohen Priva. 2015. Informativity affects consonant duration and deletion rates. Laboratory Phonology, 6 (2): 243–278. (open access, bib)

*Uriel Cohen Priva and *Joseph Austerweil. 2015. Analyzing the history of Cognition using topic models. Cognition, 135: 4–9. (preprint, bib)

*Inbal Arnon and *Uriel Cohen Priva. 2014. Time and again: The changing effect of word and multiword frequency on phonetic duration for highly frequent sequences. The Mental Lexicon, 9 (3): 377–400. (preprint, bib)

*Inbal Arnon and *Uriel Cohen Priva. 2013. More than words: The effect of multi-word frequency and constituency on phonetic duration. Language and Speech, 56 (3): 349–371. (preprint, bib)

Refereed conference proceedings

Uriel Cohen Priva, #Shiying Yang, and Emily Strand. 2020. The stability of segmental properties across genre and corpus types in low-resource languages. In SCiL proceedings. Society for Computation in Linguistics. (bib)

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason. 2018. The role of fast speech in sound change. In Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, pages 1512–1517, Austin, TX. Cognitive Science Society. (pdf, bib)

*Uriel Cohen Priva and *Chelsea Sanker. 2018. Distinct behaviors in convergence across measures. In Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, pages 1518–1523, Austin, TX. Cognitive Science Society. (pdf, bib)

#Shiying Yang, Chelsea Sanker, and Uriel Cohen Priva. 2018. The organization of lexicons: A cross-linguistic analysis of monosyllabic words. In SCiL proceedings, number 18. Society for Computation in Linguistics. (preprint, bib)

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason. 2016. Simpler structure for more informative words: a longitudinal study. In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, and J.C. Trueswell, editors, Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, pages 1895–1900, Austin, TX. Cognitive Science Society. (bib)

Uriel Cohen Priva. 2010. Constructing typing-time corpora: A new way to answer old questions. In S. Ohlsson and R. Catrambone, editors, Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, pages 43–48, Austin, TX. Cognitive Science Society. (bib)

Conference proceedings (refereed abstract)

Uriel Cohen Priva. 2008. Using information content to predict phone deletion. In N. Abner and J. Bishop, editors, Proceedings of the 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, pages 90–98, Somerville, MA, USA. Cascadilla Proceedings Project. (bib)

Conference presentations

Meyrav Shoham, Elinor Amit, Yael Steinhart, and Uriel Cohen Priva, 2021. Some numbers are more equal than others: How and why orderly numbers appeal to consumers. To be presented at the Association for Consumer Research Conference.

#Daniela Wiepert, #Rebecca Mathew, and Uriel Cohen Priva, 2021. Demonstrating constraint universality using large cross-linguistic corpora. Poster presented at 39th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason, 2020. Utilizing mediation to understand variable consonant lenition. Presented online at Laboratory Phonology 17.

Uriel Cohen Priva, Shiying Yang, and Emily Strand, 2020. The stability of segmental properties across genre and corpus types in low-resource languages. Presented at the Society for Computation in Linguistics annual meeting.

Uriel Cohen Priva, 2020. American english vowels do not reduce to schwa: A corpus study. Poster presented at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason, 2020. Increased intensity is mediated by reduced duration in variable consonant lenition. Presented at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Chelsea Sanker, 2018. Convergence is predicted by particular interlocutors and interactions, not speakers. Presented at Workshop on Accommodation in Speech Communication.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason, 2018. Reduced duration is the likely cause of consonant lenition. Presented at IATL 34.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason, 2018. The indirect effect of low information content on lenition processes. Presented at The role of predictability in shaping human sound systems workshop, at Lisbon.

#Shiying Yang, Chelsea Sanker, and Uriel Cohen Priva, 2018. The organization of lexicons: A cross-linguistic analysis of monosyllabic words. Poster presented at SCiL: Society for Computation in Linguistics annual meeting.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason, 2018. The role of fast speech in sound change. Poster presented at 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Chelsea Sanker, 2018. Distinct behaviors in convergence across measures. Poster presented at 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Uriel Cohen Priva, 2017. Relative low informativity licenses lenition. Presented at XLanS: Triggers of language change in the Language Science, at Lyon.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason, 2017. Reduction in duration as a cause for lenition. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting on Phonology at NYU.

Uriel Cohen Priva, 2017. Outperforming typological frequency as a markedness baseline. Presented at Markedness: Perspectives in Morphology and Phonology workshop at Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason, 2017. The role of fast speech in sound change. Poster presented at The 4th International Workshop on Sound Change (WSC4).

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason, 2016. Simpler structure for more informative words: a longitudinal study. Presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason, 2016. Estimating segments’ cost using cross-linguistic information. Poster presented at Laboratory Phonology 15.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason, 2016. Using topic models to investigate framing words in discourse. Presented at the 2nd Usage-Based Linguistics Conference.

#Megan Keough and Uriel Cohen Priva, 2015. Even in Berber: Complex codas in Imdlawn Tashlhiyt Berber as evidence against strict domination. Presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

Inbal Arnon and Uriel Cohen Priva, 2014. Time and again: The changing effect of word and multiword frequency on phonetic duration for highly frequent sequences. poster presented at the Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) Conference.

Uriel Cohen Priva, 2014. Informativity licenses word-final lention. presented at Sound Change in Interacting Human Systems 3rd Biennial Workshop on Sound Change University of California, Berkeley.

Inbal Arnon and Uriel Cohen Priva, 2013. More than words: the effect of multi-word frequency and constituency on phonetic duration. presented at ICLC-12.

Uriel Cohen Priva, 2013. Information-based licensing of sound change processes. presented at workshop on Sound Change Actuation at University of Chicago.

Inbal Arnon and Uriel Cohen Priva, 2013. More than words: the effect of multi-word frequency and constituency on phonetic duration. presented at CUNY 2013.

Uriel Cohen Priva, 2012. The relationship between segment frequency and phonetic effort. Presented at NECPhon 2012.

Uriel Cohen Priva, 2012. Information utility promotes preservation. Presented at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Dan Jurafsky, 2012. Language matches information content with perceptual prominence. Presented at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

Uriel Cohen Priva, 2010. Constructing typing-time corpora: A new way to answer old questions. 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Matthew E. Adams, Katrin Schweitzer, and Uriel Cohen Priva, 2009. Crosslinguistic support for information theoretic effects: A study of German phonology. Presented at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

Uriel Cohen Priva, 2008. Using information content to predict phone deletion. 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Dan Jurafsky, 2008. Phone information content influences phone duration. Poster at Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody conference, Cornell University.

Invited talks

December 2020. Understanding lenition through its causal structure. Invited talk at Tel Aviv University’s Linguistics Department Colloquium.

January 2020. Understanding lenition through its causal structure. Presented at Northwestern University’s Phonatics series.

September 2019. Understanding lenition through its causal structure. Presented at the UPenn ILST seminar.

June 2019. Understanding lenition through its causal structure. Presented at the Hebrew Univesity in Jerusalem Linguistics Colloquium.

December 2018. The indirect path from low information to lenition. Presented at the Ohio State University.

October 2018. Information flooding (and what we do about it). Presented at Northeastern University.

January 2018. Language change from an information theoretic perspective. Presented at the Colloquium of the Department of Hebrew Language at Ben-Gurion University.

January 2018. Information flooding (and what we do about it). Presented at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

November 2017. An interplay between information, duration, and lenition. Invited talk at the Colloquium of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona.

March 2017. An interplay between information, duration, and lenition. Invited talk at Language and Computation Discussion Group at MIT.

December 2016. An interplay between information, duration, and lenition. Invited speaker at Effects of Uncertainty and their Reflection in Language, Sydney, Australia.

January 2016. Differences between information in language and artificial communication systems. Invited talk at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

January 2016. Differences between information in language and artificial communication systems. Distinguished Lecturer series (Language Science colloquium), Saarland University.

May 2015. Differences between information in language and artificial communication systems. Invited talk at MIT.

January 2014. Informational constraints. Invited talk at Tel Aviv University’s Linguistics Department Colloquium.

January 2014. Information motivates preservation. Invited talk at the Hebrew University’s Linguistics Department Colloquium.

December 2012. Providing universal explanations for language-specific change. Invited talk at Yale University’s Linguistics Department Colloquium.

November 2012. Providing universal explanations for language-specific change. Invited talk at Harvard University’s Linguistics Department Colloquium.

November 2011. Information utility promotes preservation. Invited talk at Ben Gurion University’s Linguistics Department Colloquium.

December 2010. Faithfulness as information utility: addressing the actuation problem. Invited talk at Tel Aviv University’s Linguistics Department Colloquium.

November 2010. Faithfulness as information utility: addressing the actuation problem. Invited talk at Berkeley Phonetics and Phonology Forum.

January 2009. Phone informativity: function and grammar. Invited talk at Tel Aviv University’s Linguistics Department Colloquium.

June 2008. Phone informativity. Invited talk at Institute for Natural Language Processing, Universität Stuttgart.

Teaching

Instructor

  • Introduction to Linguistics, Brown University, 2017, 2019, 2021

  • Phonology, Brown University, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019, 2020 (spring and fall)

  • Introduction to Corpus Linguistics, Brown University, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020

  • Information Theory in Language, Brown University, 2018

  • Topics in Phonetics and Phonology: Lenition, Brown University, 2018

  • UTRA (Undergraduate Training and Research Award) advisor, Brown University, 2016

  • Topics in Phonetics and Phonology: Information theory in language, Brown University, 2016

  • Topics in Phonetics and Phonology: how phonetics shapes phonology, 2014

  • OS/390 and CICS, IBM and Novelya (now Tangram Soft), 2002-2006

Advising

  • Graduate student adviser: Shiying Yang, Lee Edelist

  • Honors thesis adviser: Lauren Bilsky, Megan Keough, Guy Tabachnik, Daniela Wiepert

  • Dissertation committee: Lauren Franklin, Ori Lavi (HUJI Psychology), Ben Swanson (CS)

  • Prelim committee: Lauren Franklin, Shiying Yang

  • First year / qualifying paper committee: Lee Edelist, Shiying Yang, Lauren Franklin, Youtao Lu, Yiming Gu, Steven Emet, Sydney Zink (CS)

Teaching Assistant

  • Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology, Stanford University (2 sections), 2010
    Professor: Meghan Sumner

  • Corpus TA, Stanford University, 2009-10

  • Foundations of Linguistic Theory (graduate class), Stanford University, 2008
    Professor: Paul Kiparsky

  • Introduction to Linguistic Meaningm Stanford University, 2008
    Professor: Adrian Brasoveanu

  • Introduction to Semantics, Tel Aviv University (3 sections), 2005
    Professor: Nirit Kadmon

Awards

Professional Service