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:
Phonological theory: Contrast, opacity, syllable structure, sonority, phonotactics; palatalization, vowel harmony.
Phonetics/phonology: Acoustic and articulatory properties of trills; distinctive features and secondary articulation (palatalization); phonetic correlates of stress.
Field linguistics: Slavic (Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Czech), Turkic (Crimean Tatar), Uralic (Tundra Nenets).
Other interests: Historical Slavic; morphology; sound symbolism; language disorders.

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

Current projects:
Contrast in phonology
Synchrony and diachrony of Slavic palatalization
Emergence and loss of vowel harmony in Turkic

Selected Publications:


Kavitskaya, Darya. 2010. Crimean Tatar. LINCOM Europa.
Kavitskaya, Darya. 2002. Compensatory Lengthening: Phonetics, Phonology, Diachrony. Routledge, New York & London.

Selected articles

Kavitskaya, Darya. 2020. Compensatory lengthening. In Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online. Brill Publishers.

Iskarous, Khalil and Darya Kavitskaya. 2018. Sound change and the structure of synchronic variability: Phonetic and phonological factors in Slavic palatalization. Language 94: 1–41.

Staroverov, Peter and Darya Kavitskaya. 2017. Tundra Nenets consonant sandhi as coalescence. The Linguistic Review. 34: 331–364.

Kavitskaya, Darya. 2017. Some recent developments in Slavic phonology. Journal of Slavic Linguistics 25: 389–415.

Kavitskaya, Darya. 2017. Compensatory lengthening and structure preservation revisited yet again. In Claire Bowern, Laurence Horn and Raffaella Zanuttini, eds., On Looking into Words (and Beyond). Berlin: Language Science Press. 41–58.

Katsika, Argyro and Darya Kavitskaya. 2015. The phonetics of /r/ deletion in Samothraki Greek. Journal of Greek Linguistics 15: 34–65.

Kavitskaya, Darya. 2014. Segmental inventory and the evolution of harmony in Crimean Tatar. Turkic Languages 17: 86–114.

Kavitskaya, Darya, Maria Babyonyshev, Theodore Walls, and Elena Grigorenko. 2011. Investigating the effects of phonological memory and syllable complexity in Russian-speaking children with SLI. Journal of Child Language 38: 979–998.

Kavitskaya, Darya and Maria Babyonyshev. 2011. The role of syllable structure: The case of Russian-speaking children with SLI. In Chuck Cairns & Eric Raimy, eds. Handbook of the Syllable. Brill Publishers. 353–371.

Iskarous, Khalil and Darya Kavitskaya. 2010. The interaction between contrast, prosody, and coarticulation in structuring phonetic variability. Journal of Phonetics 38: 625–639.

Kavitskaya, Darya and Peter Staroverov. 2010. When an interaction is both opaque and transparent: the paradox of fed counterfeeding. Phonology 27: 1–34.

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

Kavitskaya, Darya. 2001. Hittite vowel epenthesis and the sonority hierarchy. Diachronica 28: 267–299.


2019    Moscow. Dialects of Crimean Tatar.

2016    Crimea. Dialects of Crimean Tatar.

2014    Crimea. Northern Crimean Tatar.

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. Dialects of Crimean Tatar.

2002    Crimea. Dialectal Variation and Change in Crimean Tatar.