Darya Kavitskaya, Associate Professor


Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley (2001)
B.A. in Linguistics and in Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley (1995)

Teaching: Slavic and General Linguistics

Research interests: Phonetics/phonology: specifically, the mental representation of sound systems, and how phonological theory can inform us about the nature of the language faculty and the fundamental human cognitive capacity for language.
Phonological theory: Syllable structure, palatalization, sonority, phonotactics; opacity; contrast; vowel harmony.
Historical Slavic linguistics and morpho-phonology.
Field linguistics: Slavic (Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Czech), Turkic (Crimean Tatar), Uralic (Tundra Nenets), Georgian;
describing endangered languages.
Language acquisition and language disorders (Specific Language Impairment, or SLI)


Previous appointments: Department of Linguistics, Yale University (2001-2011)

Current project: The Grammar of Northern Crimean Tatar.
Experimental and Theoretical Investigations in the Phonology of Tundra Nenets.
Vowel harmony and vowel deletion: the case of Crimean Tatar.
The history of de-palatalization in Slavic: Articulatory motivations for a diachronic change.

Selected Publications:


Crimean Tatar. LINCOM Europa, 2010.

Compensatory Lengthening: Phonetics, Phonology, Diachrony. Routledge, New York & London, 2002.

Selected articles

Investigating the effects of phonological memory and syllable complexity in Russian-speaking children with SLI. Journal of Child Language. (2011). [with M. Babyonyshev, T. Walls, and E. Grigorenko].

Syllable structure and Specific Language Impairment: a case of Russian-speaking children. In Chuck Cairns & Eric Raimy, eds. Handbook of the Syllable. Brill Publishers. 353–371. (2011). [with M. Babyonyshev]

The interaction between contrast, prosody, and coarticulation in structuring phonetic variability. Journal of Phonetics 38: 625–639 (2010). [with K. Iskarous].

When an interaction is both opaque and transparent: the paradox of fed counterfeeding. Phonology 27: 1–34 (2010). [with P. Staroverov].

Trills and palatalization: Consequences for sound change. In Jodi Reich, Maria Babyonyshev & Darya Kavitskaya, eds. Proceedings of the Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 17. Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications. 2009, 97–110. [with K. Iskarous, A. Noiray, and M. Proctor].

Perceptual salience and palatalization in Russian. In Louis Goldstein, D. H. Whalen, and C. T. Best, eds. Laboratory Phonology 8. Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin. 2006, 589–610.

Pitch accent and the phonologization of vowel length in Slavic. In Steven Franks, Frank Y. Gladley and Mila Tasseva-Kurktchieva, eds. Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 13. Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications, 2005.

Hittite vowel epenthesis and the sonority hierarchy. Diachronica 28: 267–299 (2001).

Tense and aspect in Lai Chin. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area. 20: 173–213 (1997).

2009 Crimea, Ukraine. The Grammar of Crimean Tatar.
2009 Nel’min Nos, Russia. Tundra Nenets Phonetics and Phonology.
2005 Nel’min Nos, Russia. Participation in the Moscow State University Nenets linguistic expedition. The investigation of Tundra Nenets Phonology.
2004 Nel’min Nos, Russia. Participation in the Moscow State University Nenets linguistic expedition. The investigation of Tundra Nenets Phonology.
2003 Crimea, Ukraine. Three dialects of Crimean Tatar.
2002 Crimea, Ukraine. Dialectal Variation and Change in Crimean Tatar.
1998 Republic of Georgia. Syllabification in Georgian.