- PhD, Linguistics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Dr. Alderete’s research gives close formal analyses of phonological and morphological systems, and asks how these systems are learned and represented in larger theories of cognitive science. His dissertation and related work addressed theoretical questions concerning how phonological structures, and the morphological influences on these structures, can be formalized in constraint-based theories of grammar. His later work extended these questions using fieldwork, computational, and experimental methods to probe the learnability and viability of these structures, as well as how they are encoded and accessed in online production processes. His current focus, actively pursued with his students in the Language Production Lab, investigates how language particular phonological structures shape speech production processes.