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Mary Beckman

Mary Beckman

Mary Beckman

Professor Emeritus


Areas of Expertise

  • Phonological Acquisition
  • Historical Phonology
  • East Asian Languages
  • Prosody / Intonation


  • Ph.D., Linguistics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (January, 1984).
  • M.A., Oriental Languages, University of California, Berkeley, CA (June, 1979)
  • A.B., Oriental Languages & Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, CA (June 1976)

Mary Beckman is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics who works on phonetics and laboratory phonology. She received an M.A. in East Asian Languages from University of California, Berkeley, in 1979, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University in 1984. Her research has addressed a broad range of topics in phonetics and phonology, ranging from formally explicit models of the ways in which tone and other features articulate with prosodic organization above the syllable to cross-language differences in the spectral properties of sibilant fricatives that might be related to language-specific phonotactic probabilities. Her current research focuses primarily on phonological acquisition. For more detailed information on Mary Beckman's research and teaching, please see her personal web page.

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