Professor Aditi Lahiri

Professor Aditi Lahiri FBA
Professor of Linguistics and Fellow of Somerville College

Research profile: Phonology, phonetics, historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics.

Professor Lahiri’s CV

Awards and Honours


Kennard, H & Lahiri, A (2015). Mutation in Breton verbs: Pertinacity across generations Journal of Linguistics 1-33 DOI: 10.1017/S0022226715000420

Wetterlin, A., Lahiri (2015). The diachronic development of stød and tonal accent in North Germanic Historical Linguistics DOI 10.1075/cilt.334.04

Plank, F., A. Lahiri (2015). Macrosopic and microscopic typology: Basic Valance Orientation, more pertinacious than meets the naked eye. Linguistic Typology 19 (1) 1-54 [pdf]

Kotzor, S., A. Wetterlin, A. C. Roberts and A. Lahiri (2015). Processing of Phonemic Consonant Length: Semantic and Fragment Priming: Evidence from Bengali.
Language and Speech DOI 10.1177/0023830915580189 [pdf]

Roberts, A., S. Kotzor, A Wetterlin, & A. Lahiri (2014). Asymmetric processing of durational differences — Electrophysiological investigations in Bengali. Neuropsychologia 58, 88-98

Pliatsikas, C., L. Wheeldon, A. Lahiri, P. Hansen (2014). Processing of zero-derived words in English: An fMRI investigation. Neurophsychologia 53, 47-53 [link]

Sytsema, J., J. Grijzenhout, A. Lahiri (2014). Middle Dutch back vowels in rhymes. Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 17, 157-183. [link]

Roberts A., A. Wetterlin, A. Lahiri (2013). Aliigning mispronounced words to meaning. The Mental Lexicon 8, 140-163. [link]

Butt, M & Lahiri, A (2013). Diachronic pertinancy of light verbs. Lingua [link]

Cornell, S.A., A.Lahiri, C Eulitz (2013). Inequality across consonantal contrasts in speech perception: Evidence from Mismatch Negativity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance [link]

Wetterlin, A. and A. Lahiri (2012). Tonal alternations in Norwegian compounds. The Linguistic Review 29: 279-320.

Lahiri, Aditi (2012). Asymmetric phonological representations of words in the mental lexicon. In A. Cohn et al. (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Laboratory Phonology, (146-161) OUP.

Lahiri, Aditi (2011). Words: Discrete and discreet mental representations. In G. Gaskell and P. Zwitserlood (eds.) Lexical representation: A multidisciplinary approach, 89-121. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Lahiri, Aditi & Linda Wheeldon (2011). Phonological Trochaic Grouping in Language Planning and Language Change in S. Frota et al. (eds.) Prosodic Categories: Production, Perception and Comprehension, Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 82, DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-0137-3_2,  Springer Science & Business Media B.V. [pdf]

Cornell, Sonia A., Aditi Lahiri, Carsten Eulitz (2011). “What you encode is not necessarily what you store”: Evidence for sparse feature representations from mismatch negativity. Brain Research 1394, 79- 89. Elsevier. [pdf]

Scharinger, Mathias and Aditi Lahiri (2010) Height Differences in English Dialects: Consequences for Processing and Representation. Language and Speech, 53(2), 1–28. Sage Publications. [pdf]

Scharinger, Mathias, Aditi Lahiri  and Carsten Eulitz (2010) Mismatch negativity effects of alternating vowels in morphologically complex word forms. Journal of Neurolinguistics XXX 1–17.  Elsevier. [pdf]

Lahiri, Aditi & Reetz, H. Distinctive Features: Phonological underspecification in representation and processing. Journal of Phonetics 38 (2010) 44-59. Elsevier [pdf]

Lahiri, Aditi & Frans Plank (2010). Phonological Phrasing in Germanic: the Judgement of History, confirmed through Experiment. Transactions of the Philological Society Volume 108:3 (2010) 370–398. Wiley Blackwell [pdf]

Lahiri, Aditi & Frans Plank (2009). What Linguistic Universals can be true of. In S. Scalise, E. Magni, A. Bisetto (eds) Universals of Language Today, 31-58. Berlin, Springer. [pdf]

Lahiri, Aditi (2009). The Dental Preterites in the History of English. In K. Hanson & S. Inkelas (eds) The Nature of the Word: Studies in Honor of Paul Kiparsky. 507-525 Cambridge MIT Press. [pdf]

Marcus Meinzer, Aditi Lahiri, Tobias Flaisch, Ronny Hannemann, Carsten Eulitz (2009). Opaque for the reader but transparent for the brain: Neural signatures of morphological complexity. Neuropsychologia 47, 1964-1971. Elsevier [pdf]

Zimmerer, Frank, Henning Reetz, and Aditi Lahiri (2009). Place assimilation across words in running speech: Corpus analysis and perception. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 125:4, 2307-2322. [pdf]

Scharinger, Mathias, Henning Reetz and Aditi Lahiri (2009). Levels of regularity in inflected word form processing. The Mental Lexicon 4:1, 77–114. John Benjamins.

Felder, Verena, Elisabet Jönsson-Steiner, Carsten Eulitz and Aditi Lahiri (2009). Asymmetric processing of lexical tonal contrast in Swedish. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics 2009, 71 (8) 1890 – 1899. Springer. [pdf]

Lahiri, Aditi & Elisabet Jönsson-Steiner (2008) Tonal accents and rhyme in 18th-century Swedish. Nordic Journal of Linguistics 31.1. 5-45 [pdf]

Kraehenmann, Astrid, & Aditi Lahiri (2008) Duration differences in the articulation and acoustics of Swiss German word-initial geminate and singleton stops. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 123, 4446-4455 [pdf]

Friedrich, Claudia K. , Aditi Lahiri, & Carsten Eulitz (2008). Neurophysiological Evidence for Underspecified Lexical Representations: Asymmetries With Word Initial Variations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 2008, Vol. 34, No. 6, 1545–1559. American Psychological Association. [pdf]

Wetterlin Allison & Elisabet Jönsson-Steiner, Aditi Lahiri. (2007). Tones and loans in the history of Scandinavian. In T. Riad and C. Gussenhoven (eds.) Tone and Tunes Volume 1. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Fikkert, Paula, Elan B Dresher & Aditi Lahiri (2006). Prosodic Preferences: From Old English to Early Modern English. In Ans van Kemenade & Bettelou Los (eds) The Handbook of the History of English, 125-150.  Blackwell [pdf]

Lahiri, Aditi, Allison Wetterlin & Elisabet Jönsson-Steiner (2006). Scandinavian lexical tone: prefixes and compounds. In G. Bruce and M. Horne (eds.), Nordic Prosody IX. Lund: Peter Lang, 167-173.

Friedrich, Claudia, Carsten Eulitz & Aditi Lahiri (2006). Not every pseudoword disrupts word recognition: an ERP study. Behavioral and Brain Functions 2, 1-36. [online]

Lahiri, Aditi, Allison Wetterlin & Elisabet Jönsson-Steiner. (2005). Lexical Specification of Tone in North Germanic. Nordic Journal of Linguistics 28, 61-96. [pdf]

Lahiri, Aditi, Allison Wetterlin & Elisabet Jönsson-Steiner (2005). Sounds Definite-ly Clitic: Evidence from Scandinavian tone. Lingue e Linguaggio IV, 243-262.  [pdf]

Dresher, B. Elan & Aditi Lahiri (2005). In M. Fortescue, E.S. Jensen, J.E. Mogensen & L. Schøsler (eds.) Historical Linguistics 2003: Selected papers from the 16th International Congress of Historical Linguistics, Copenhagen 11-15 August, 74-85. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Eulitz, C. & A. Lahiri (2004). Neurobiological evidence for abstract phonological representations in the mental lexicon during speech recognition. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16:4, 577-583. [pdf]

Eulitz, C. & Lahiri, A. (2004) Intra-subject replication of brain magnetic activity during the processing of speech sounds. Cognitive Brain Research 19, 82-91. [pdf]

Lahiri, A. & Astrid Kraehenmann (2004) On maintaining and extending contrasts: Notker’s Anlautgesetz. Transactions of the Philological Society, 102:1, 1-55. [pdf]

Obleser, J., Lahiri, A., & Eulitz, C. (2004) Magnetic Brain Response Mirrors Extraction of Phonological Features from Spoken Vowels. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16:31-39. [pdf]

Lahiri, A. & H. Reetz (2003) Retroflexes and Dentals in the FUL-Model. Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Barcelona 3-9 August 2003.

Obleser, J., Lahiri, A., & Eulitz, C. (2003) Auditory Evoked Magnetic Field Codes Place of Articulation in Timing and Topography around 100ms Post Syllable Onset. Neuroimage 20(3):1839-1847.  [pdf]

Obleser, J., Elbert, T., Lahiri, A. & Eulitz, C. (2003) Cortical representation of vowels reflects acoustic dissimilarity determined by formant frequencies. Cognitive Brain Research, 15, 207-213. [pdf]

Lahiri, A. and H. Reetz (2002) Underspecified recognition. In Labphon 7, Gussenhoven, C., Natasha Werner, and Toni Rietveld (eds.), 637-676, Berlin: Mouton  [pdf]

Wheeldon, L. & A. Lahiri (2002) The minimal unit of phonological encoding: prosodic or lexical word. Cognition 85, B31-41.  [pdf]

Lahiri, A. (2001). Metrical patterns. In Ekkehard König and Martin Haspelmath (ed.) Language Typology and Language Universals, 1347-1367, Berlin: Mouton. [pdf]

Obleser, J., Eulitz, C., Lahiri, A., Elbert, T.(2001) Gender differences in functional hemispheric asymmetry during processing of vowels as reflected by the human brain magnetic response, Neurosci. Lett. 314(3) 131-134 [pdf]

Lahiri, A. (2000) Hierarchical restructuring in the creation of verbal morphology in Bengali and Germanic: evidence from phonology, 71-123, In Lahiri (ed.) Analogy, Levelling, Markedness, 71-123, Berlin:Mouton. [pdf]

Lahiri, A. (2000) Phonology: Structure, Representation and Process. In Wheeldon, L. (ed.) Language Production, 165-225, Cambridge: Psychology Press.Lahiri, A. (ed.) (2000) Analogy and Markedness: principles of change in phonology and morphology. Paperback 2003. Berlin: Mouton.

Lahiri, A., Riad, T. & Haike Jacobs (1999) Diachronic Prosody. In Harry van der Hulst (ed.) Word Prosodic Systems in the Languages of Europe, 335-422. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. [pdf]

Lahiri, A. & B. E. Dresher (1999) Open Syllable Lengthening in West Germanic. Language, 75.4, 678- 719. [pdf]

Lahiri, A. & Paula Fikkert (1999) Trisyllabic Shortening. English Language and Linguistics, 3.2, 229-267. [pdf]

Lahiri, A. & Jennifer Fitzpatrick-Cole (1999) Emphatic Clitics in Bengali. In René Kager & Wim Zonneveld (eds.) Phrasal Phonology, 119-144, Dordrecht: Foris.

Lahiri, A. (1999) Speech Recognition with phonological features. Proceedings of the XIVth ICPHS.

Evers, V., H. Reetz, & A. Lahiri (1998) Crosslinguistic acoustic categorization of sibilants independent of phonological status. Journal of Phonetics, 26, 345-370. [pdf]

Fitzpatrick-Cole, Jennifer & A. Lahiri (1997) Focus, intonation and phrasing in Bengali and English. In Botinis, Antonis, Georgios Kouroupetroglou and George Carayiannis (eds.) Intonation: Theory, Models and Applications. Proceedings of the ESCA Workshop, Athens. 119-122.

Wheeldon, L. & A. Lahiri (1997) Prosodic Units in Speech Production.Journal of Memory and Language, 37, 356-381. [pdf]

Keating, P. & A. Lahiri (1993) Fronted velars, palatalized velars and palatals. Phonetica 50, 73- 101.

Zwitserlood, P., H. Schriefers, A. Lahiri & W. van Donselaar (1993) The role of the syllable in the perception of spoken Dutch. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition ,19, 260-271. [pdf]

Hayes, B. & A. Lahiri (1992) Durationally specified intonation in English and Bengali. In R. Carlson, L. Nord & J. Sundberg Proceedings of the 1990 Wenner-Gren Center Conference on Music, Language, Speech and the Brain.

Jongman, A., J. Sereno, A. Lahiri & M. Raiijmakers (1992) The phonological representation of [voice] in speech perception. Language and Speech, 35(1,2), 137-152. [pdf]

Lahiri, A. & Marslen-Wilson W.D. (1992) Lexical processing and phonological representation. In R. D. Ladd & G. Docherty (eds.) Papers in Laboratory Phonology II.

Dresher, B.E. & A. Lahiri (1991) The Germanic Foot: Metrical coherence in Germanic. Linguistic Inquiry Vol 22.2, 251-286.

Hayes, B. & A. Lahiri (1991) Bengali Intonational Phonology. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Vol. 9.1, 47-96.

Lahiri, A. & V. Evers (1991) Palatalization and coronality. In C. Paradis & J.-F. Prunet (eds.) Special Status of Coronals . Academic Press.

Lahiri, A. (1991) Anteriority in sibilants. Proceedings of the XIIth ICPHS Vol. 1, 384-388.

Lahiri, A. & W.D. Marslen-Wilson (1991) The mental representation of lexical form:a phonological approach to the recognition lexicon. Cognition 38 , 245-294. [pdf]

Bayer, J. & A. Lahiri (1990) Bengali emphatic clitics in the lexicon-syntax interface. In W.Dressler, H.C. Luschuetzky, O. Pfeiffer, and J. Rennison (eds.) Contemporary Morphology , 3-16. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Lahiri, A. & A. Jongman (1990) Intermediate level of analysis: features or segments? Journal of Phonetics 18, 435-443.

Lahiri, A., A. Jongman, & J. Sereno (1990) The pronominal clitic [der] in Dutch: a theoretical and experimental approach. In Yearbook of Morphology , Vol. 3. [pdf]

Jongman, A. & A, Lahiri (1990) Introduction. In Yearbook of Morphology , Vol. 3, 41-43.

Frauenfelder, U. & A. Lahiri (1989) Understanding words and word recognition: does phonology help? In W. Marslen-Wilson (ed.) Lexical Representation and Process , 319-341.

Hankamer, J., A. Lahiri & J. Koreman (1989) Perception of consonant length: voiceless stops in Turkish and Bengali.Journal of Phonetics 17, 283-298. [pdf]

Lahiri, A. & H. van der Hulst (1988) On foot typology. Proceedings of the North Eastern Linguistic Society, 17.

Lahiri, A. & J. Hankamer (1988) The timing of geminate consonants. Journal of Phonetics 16.3, 327-338. [pdf]

Lahiri, A. & J. Koreman (1988) Syllable quantity and stress in Dutch. Proceedings of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics,VII, 217-228.

Lahiri, A., H. Schriefers & C. Kuijpers (1987) Contextual neutralization of vowel length: evidence from Dutch.Phonetica 44 , 91-102. [pdf]

Jongman, A., S.E. Blumstein & A. Lahiri (1985) Acoustic properties for dental and alveolar stop consonants: a cross-language study.Journal of Phonetics 13, 235-251.

Lahiri, A., L. Gewirth, & S.E. Blumstein (1984) A reconsideration of acoustic invariance for place of articulation in diffuse stop consonants: evidence from a cross-language study. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 76(2), 391-404. [pdf]

Lahiri, A. & S.E. Blumstein (1984) A re-evaluation of the feature ‘coronal’.Journal of Phonetics 12, 133- 145.

Lahiri, A. & B.E. Dresher (1983-84) Diachronic and synchronic implications of declension shifts. Linguistic Review 3, 141-163.

Papademetre, L. & A. Lahiri (1982) Syllable structure and j/i alternation in Gothic. Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistic Society, 18.

Lahiri, A. (1982) Theoretical implications of analogical change: evidence from Germanic languages. Brown University. University Microfilms

Lahiri, A. (1981) Vowel-glide alternation in Gothic — a case of partial rule loss. Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistic Society, 17.

Lahiri, A. (1979) A study of the Bengali dialect of the Kandi subdivision of Murshidabad. University of Calcutta.

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