Zachary Jaggers


[ˈzæ.kɹ̩.i (zæk) ˈʤæ.ɡɹ̩z]

PhD, Linguistics
Postdoctoral Scholar
Speech Perception and Production Laboratory
University of Oregon

Full CV

Interests

Broad:
phonetics, sociolinguistic variation, language processing, phonology, language contact

Narrow:
loanword variation and adaptation, socially mediated perception, language ideology and discrimination, second language sound learning, modeling and processing variation

Affiliations

Recent News

8 Mar 2019
My research was awarded the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Outstanding Dissertation Award.

It focused on how the variation of foreign word pronunciations with respect to political ideologies related to globalism and nationalism, how those same ideologies influence sound processing at the early stages of a foreign word's entry into a new language, and how foreign word pronunciations impact listeners' perceptions of a speaker.
7 Feb 2018
Publication in Laboratory Phonology

See my recent paper published, experimentally testing for a [j]-[i] distinction in American English, as well as its acoustic phonetic characteristics and how these speak between possible phonological representations.

Jaggers, Zachary S. (2018). Evidence and characterization of a glide-vowel distinction in American English. Laboratory Phonology 9(1), 3. [open access]

6 Jan 2018
LSA's annual Five-Minute Linguist competition

At this year's annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, I was named runner-up in a competition devoted to presenting linguistic research in ways engaging and accessible to non-linguist audiences. [LSA news announcement] Here's a video of my presentation:

24 Sep 2017
I'm on a podcast!

Hear me discuss my research about variation in the pronunciation of foreign placenames. [Tell Me Something I Don't Know, episode 28]
21 Apr 2017
Rising Star Alum award recipient

I was awarded the Rising Star Alum award by my undergraduate alma mater, La Sierra University's College of Arts and Sciences. I owe many thanks to La Sierra's World Languages department, where I got my start.

Personal Information

Address
Speech Language and Perception Lab, University of Oregon
1600 Millrace Drive, #383
Eugene, OR 97403
Email
zjaggers [at] uoregon [dot] edu
Website
Languages
English (native)
Spanish (high)
Japanese (intermediate: JLPT3)

Some familiarity:  French, German, Korean, Arabic
(mostly regarding phonology and/or writing systems)

Research

Sociolinguistic Variation

I study language differentiation across space, time, and sociodemographic strata such as nationality, ethnicity, gender, etc.

Loanword Phonology

This research tests the phonology of loanword adaptation with experimental data.

English Glides

This research analyzes the phonological status of glides in English and their phonetic realization.

Full list

Papers

(under review) Loanword variation in American English: A reflection of ideological variation. Submitted to American Speech.

2019:
Moments of moments: Acoustic phonetic character and category variability of the Basque three-sibilant contrast. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019 (pp. 1828–1832). (with Melissa Baese-Berk) [open access]

2018:
Evidence and characterization of a glide-vowel distinction in American English. Laboratory Phonology 9(1), 3. [open access]

2015:
A constraint-shifting account of loanword adaptation: Evidence from the early stages of dissemination. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 21(1). [open access]

Influence of suprasegmental features on perceived ethnicity of American politicians. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015). Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow. (with Nicole Holliday) [open access]

(under review) Loanword variation in American English: A reflection of ideological variation. Submitted to American Speech.

2019:
Moments of moments: Acoustic phonetic character and category variability of the Basque three-sibilant contrast. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019 (pp. 1828–1832). (with Melissa Baese-Berk) [open access]

2018:
Evidence and characterization of a glide-vowel distinction in American English. Laboratory Phonology 9(1), 3. [open access]

2015:
A constraint-shifting account of loanword adaptation: Evidence from the early stages of dissemination. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 21(1). [open access]

Influence of suprasegmental features on perceived ethnicity of American politicians. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015). Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow. (with Nicole Holliday) [open access]

 

Presentations

2019:
Moments of moments: Acoustic phonetic character and within-category variability of the Basque three-sibilant contrast. Paper presented at the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2019). Melbourne, Australia, 5-9 August. (with Melissa Baese-Berk) [proceedings paper]

Experimentally testing the epenthetic bias in loanword adaptation. Poster presented at the 177th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA 177). Louisville, KY, 13-17 May. [abstract, poster]


2018:
A political ideology with an accent. Presentation given during the Five-minute Linguist public plenary event at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2018). Salt Lake City, UT, 4-7 January.

Loanword variation and perception: A case of methodological choices and experimental outcomes. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2018). Salt Lake City, UT, 4-7 January. [short abstract, full abstract, slides]


2017:
What it means when you say my name (right): Subjective evaluations of the linguistic reproduction of names. Poster presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 46. University of Madison-Wisconsin, 2-5 November. (with Anaïs Elkins, Renée Blake, Natalie Povilonis de Vilchez, Luciene Simões, and Matthew Stuck) [poster pdf]

You say "eye-RACK", I say "ear-ROCK". Appearance on Tell Me Something I Don't Know podcast, episode 28. 24 September. [tmsidk.com]

Loanword variation as a result of social influences on loanword adaptation. Paper presented at Phonetics and Phonology in Loanword Adaptation (PaPLA2017). University of Cologne, Germany, 11 June. [abstract]

Experimentally testing loanword adaptation as socially mediated phonetic imitation. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2017). Austin, TX, 5-8 January. [short abstract, full abstract]


2016:
Practicing what the party preaches: Loanword variation, language contact, and politics. Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 45. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, 3-6 November. [abstract, 5min video summary]

Testing American English for a glide-vowel distinction: A classification by acoustic cues. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2016). Washington, DC, 7-10 January. [abstract, poster pdf]


2015:
Beyond politicianspeak: Politically influenced variation of loanwords in the general public. Paper presented at the annual SUNY/Yale/NYU/CUNY Linguistics conference (SYNC 2015). New York University, 5 December.

Acoustic cues to the [j]-[i] distinction in American English. Paper presented at the 170th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA 170). Jacksonville, 2-6 November. [abstract, slides pdf]

Influence of suprasegmental features on perceived ethnicity of US politicians. Paper presented at the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015). Glasgow, 10-14 August. (with Nicole Holliday)

Revisiting linguistic profiling: Testing accuracy and the influence of prosodic variables on listener judgments of ethnicity. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2015). Portland, 8-11 January. (with Nicole Holliday) [poster pdf]


2014:
"I said well who said well?" Attribution of the discourse marker well in quoted speech. Paper presented at the annual SUNY/Yale/NYU/CUNY Linguistics conference (SYNC 2014). Stony Brook University, 6 December.

"She said {that/ø} she couldn't take a complement": Complementizer that ommission in American English. Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 43. University of Chicago, 23-26 October. (with Isaac Bleaman, Daniel Duncan, Shelley Feuer, Gregory Guy, and Matthew Stuck) [abstract]

A constraint-shifting account of loanword adaptation: Evidence from the early stages of dissemination. Paper presented at the 38th annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium (PLC 38). University of Pennsylvania, 28-30 March.

A style-shifting account of loanword adaptation. Paper presented at the Georgetown University Round Table of Languages and Linguistics (GURT 2014). Georgetown University, 14-16 March.


2013:
How do you say Latino. Spanish borrowed word pronunciation, voiced dental fricative fortition, and Latin@ identity in Washington, DC. Paper presented at the Graduate Portuguese&Hispanic Symposium (GRAPHSY 2013). Georgetown University, 22-23 March. (with Jonathan Mercer)

2019:
Moments of moments: Acoustic phonetic character and within-category variability of the Basque three-sibilant contrast. Paper presented at the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2019). Melbourne, Australia, 5-9 August. (with Melissa Baese-Berk) [proceedings paper]

Experimentally testing the epenthetic bias in loanword adaptation. Poster presented at the 177th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA 177). Louisville, KY, 13-17 May. [abstract, poster]

2018:
A political ideology with an accent. Presentation given during the Five-minute Linguist public plenary event at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2018). Salt Lake City, UT, 4-7 January. [video]

Loanword variation and perception: A case of methodological choices and experimental outcomes. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2018). Salt Lake City, UT, 4-7 January. [short abstract, full abstract, slides]

2017:
What it means when you say my name (right): Subjective evaluations of the linguistic reproduction of names. Poster presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 46. University of Madison-Wisconsin, 2-5 November. (with Anaïs Elkins, Renée Blake, Natalie Povilonis de Vilchez, Luciene Simões, and Matthew Stuck) [poster pdf]

You say "eye-RACK", I say "ear-ROCK". Appearance on Tell Me Something I Don't Know podcast, episode 28. 24 September. [tmsidk.com]

Loanword variation as a result of social influences on loanword adaptation. Paper presented at Phonetics and Phonology in Loanword Adaptation (PaPLA2017). University of Cologne, Germany, 11 June. [abstract]

Experimentally testing loanword adaptation as socially mediated phonetic imitation. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2017). Austin, TX, 5-8 January. [short abstract, full abstract]

2016:
Practicing what the party preaches: Loanword variation, language contact, and politics. Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 45. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, 3-6 November. [abstract, 5min video summary]

Testing American English for a glide-vowel distinction: A classification by acoustic cues. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2016). Washington, DC, 7-10 January. [abstract, poster pdf]

2015:
Beyond politicianspeak: Politically influenced variation of loanwords in the general public. Paper presented at the annual SUNY/Yale/NYU/CUNY Linguistics conference (SYNC 2015). New York University, 5 December.

Acoustic cues to the [j]-[i] distinction in American English. Paper presented at the 170th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA 170). Jacksonville, 2-6 November. [abstract, slides pdf]

Influence of suprasegmental features on perceived ethnicity of US politicians. Paper presented at the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015). Glasgow, 10-14 August. (with Nicole Holliday)

Revisiting linguistic profiling: Testing accuracy and the influence of prosodic variables on listener judgments of ethnicity. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2015). Portland, 8-11 January. (with Nicole Holliday) [poster pdf]

2014:
"I said well who said well?" Attribution of the discourse marker well in quoted speech. Paper presented at the annual SUNY/Yale/NYU/CUNY Linguistics conference (SYNC 2014). Stony Brook University, 6 December.

"She said {that/ø} she couldn't take a complement": Complementizer that ommission in American English. Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 43. University of Chicago, 23-26 October. (with Isaac Bleaman, Daniel Duncan, Shelley Feuer, Gregory Guy, and Matthew Stuck) [abstract]

A constraint-shifting account of loanword adaptation: Evidence from the early stages of dissemination. Paper presented at the 38th annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium (PLC 38). University of Pennsylvania, 28-30 March.

A style-shifting account of loanword adaptation. Paper presented at the Georgetown University Round Table of Languages and Linguistics (GURT 2014). Georgetown University, 14-16 March.

2013:
How do you say Latino. Spanish borrowed word pronunciation, voiced dental fricative fortition, and Latin@ identity in Washington, DC. Paper presented at the Graduate Portuguese&Hispanic Symposium (GRAPHSY 2013). Georgetown University, 22-23 March. (with Jonathan Mercer)

Education

2013 - 2018

PhD, Linguistics

New York University

Dissertation:
"A combined sociolinguistic and experimental phonetic approach to loanword variation and adaptation" [pdf]

Second qualifying paper:
"Practicing what the party preaches: The influence of attitudes and ideologies on loanword adaptation and variation"

First qualifying paper:
"Testing the American English glide-vowel distinction and acoustic cues"

Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

2011 -  2013

MS, Linguistics

Georgetown University

Master's Research Paper:
"The effect of L2 experience on phonetic form in loanword dissemination"

2006 -  2010

BA, Spanish & Modern World Languages

La Sierra University

summa cum laude; University Honors Program;
Outstanding Graduating Senior: World Languages

Honors Scholarship Project:
Idée Fixe

Studies Abroad

Spanish (2007-2008 academic year)

Universidad Adventista del Plata, Argentina

Japanese (2009 winter & spring)

KCP International Japanese Language School, Japan

German (2009 summer & spring)

Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen, Austria

Teaching

New York University

Graduate Employee Adjunct Instructor:  2015 -

2017–2018:
Global Honors Scholars Seminar (with Renée Blake)

Fall 2017:
Language (with Maria Gouskova)

Fall 2016:
Language and Society (with Laurel MacKenzie)

Spring 2016:
Sex, Gender, and Language (with Carina Bauman)

Fall 2015:
Sound and Language (with Lisa Davidson)

Spring 2015:
Phonological Analysis (with Maria Gouskova)

2017–2018:  Global Honors Scholars Seminar (with Renée Blake)

Fall 2017:  Language (with Maria Gouskova)

Fall 2016:  Language and Society (with Laurel MacKenzie)

Spring 2016:  Sex, Gender, and Language (with Carina Bauman)

Fall 2015:  Sound and Language (with Lisa Davidson)

Spring 2015:  Phonological Analysis (with Maria Gouskova)

La Sierra University

Adjunct Co-Instructor:  2010 - 2011

Winter 2011:
First Year Seminar (with Joel Haldeman)

Fall 2010:
First Year Seminar (with Joel Haldeman)
Beginning to Seek (with Douglas Clark)

Winter 2011:  First Year Seminar (with Joel Haldeman)

Fall 2010:  First Year Seminar (with Joel Haldeman)
Fall 2010:  Beginning to Seek (with Douglas Clark)

Teaching Assistant:  2009-2010

Academic Year:
Beginning Japanese 1-3 (with Yoshimitsu Mineyama)

Academic Year:  Beginning Japanese 1-3
Academic Year:  (with Yoshimitsu Mineyama)

Employment

2018 -

Postdoctoral Scholar

under Melissa Baese-Berk, University of Oregon

Speech Perception and Production Laboratory

Project:  Interactions between speech perception and production during second language learning

Testing how the repeated production (as opposed to simply listening) of sound contrasts during learning may disrupt acquisition, as well as examining how other cognitive aspects such as processing load, feedback, and timing may mitigate such disruption.

2015

Research Assistant

under Frans Adriaans, New York University

Project:  Child-directed Speech

Analysis of the vowel categories of mothers' infant-directed speech and computational modeling of vowel category learning from such data input.

2014

Research Assistant

under Lisa Davidson, New York University

Project:  English Voiced Obstruents

Analyzing the acoustic phonetics of the voicing contrast in English obstruents, such as the degree and pattern of VOT as well as voicing bleed from preceding segments.

2012 -  2013

Research Assistant

under Elizabeth Zsiga, Georgetown University

Project:  Setswana Phonetics

Analyzing the articulatory phonetics of Setswana obstruents, particularly the lip gesture of rounded coronal fricatives and labial-coronal fricatives and affricates.

2010 -  2011

Academic Coach

Center for Student Academic Success, La Sierra University

Organizing, hosting, and presenting at summer orientation for incoming first-year students. Advising students for first quarter course schedule.

Coaching roughly 40 students throughout their first year of college: attention paid to developing good study habits, becoming familiar with available resources, and proactive self-evaluation and -monitoring. This also included curriculum advising and considering majors.

Co-teaching a First Year Seminar course geared to introduce students to college life and develop a bond with fellow first-year students in a themed, engaging way.

Hobbies

Languages

Languages are more than a job for me; they're also a pastime. I enjoy learning random snipets of vocabulary from other languages. And any book, movie, or show in which a language has been created is immediately and immensely more attractive to me. While I, myself, have not ventured into full-on conlanging, I do have a special love of writing systems and I have created multiple writing systems of my own.


Singing

In New York City, I sang in an a cappella classical/modern-classical ensemble called Khorikos.


Exercise

The form of exercise that brings me the most joy is martial arts (my style: Okinawan Shuri-Ryū). I also enjoy weight-lifting, running, volleyball, and racket sports like tennis, racquetball, and badminton.


Video Games

I do fancy myself some video game time on the rare occasion I get a chance. #ZeldaBreathoftheWild