Abigail C Cohn



Cohn's research focuses primarily on phonetics and phonology and their interaction taking a laboratory phonology approach. Often, phonetics and phonology are viewed as distinct areas of study. Yet there is an implicit relationship between phonology --the abstract patterning of sounds as part of a sound system, and phonetics--the physical output. The nature of this mapping has been at the center of her research, in which she has investigated both processes and representations within phonology and phonetics.

Cohn also focuses on the documentation and analysis of the Austronesian languages of Indonesia; recently she has been focusing on the issues of language use and language shift of the local languages of Indonesia as impacted by the increased use of Indonesian. In 2012-13, she was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, at Unika Atma Jaya carrying out a research project entitled Language Contact in Indonesia:  Shifts in Usage and their Structural Manifestations.

Research Focus

  • Phonology
  • Phonetics
  • Laboratory Phonology
  • Phonology-phonetics interface
  • Language use and language shift in Indonesia
  • Indonesian languages, English, French



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