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Wendell A. Kimper
wendell (dot) kimper (at) manchester (dot) ac (dot) uk

I'm currently a Lecturer (US equivalent: Assistant Professor) in the department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester. My research tends to focus on the phonology/phonetics interface, and I'm particularly interested in markedness, (non-)locality, phonetic grounding of phonological processes, and speech perception. I am co-director of the University of Manchester Phonetics and Psycholinguistics Labs, and Senior Academic Advisor.

I did my undergraduate studies at Hampshire College, where I developed an abiding enthusiasm for inquiry-based education. I completed my PhD in 2011 at UMass Amherst, where I was frequently involved in John McCarthy and Joe Pater's NSF grant investigating Harmonic Serialism and Harmonic Grammar. My dissertation research brought both experimental and theoretical methods to bear on the issue of transparency and opacity in vowel harmony.

My Erdős number is 6.


  • The Psycholinguistics Lab recently acquired a Biosemi Active-Two EEG system, and we are currently in the process of setting up the facilities to run ERP studies.
  • I'll be giving a talk at UCL (1 December), and giving a lecture and tutorial on long-distance processes in phonology for the ACTL Autumn School (2 December).
  • Recent News:

  • I presented a poster on the phonotactics of alien names in science fiction at NELS 47 at UMass Amherst (October 2016). [poster]
  • I attended The Birmingham ERP Boot Camp for training in ERP methodology and EEG data processing and analysis (August 2016).
  • I presented joint work on Somali vowel categories with Kristine Yu, Chris Green, and Will Bennet at ACAL47 in Berkeley (March 2016). [draft of proceedings paper]
  • I did an outreach visit at The King's School in Macclesfield, including a taster lecture for 6th Form students and demonstrations of ultrasound imaging and static palatography for Year 7 and Year 9 & 10 students (February 2016).
  • Last Updated: 12 November 2016