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Alice Faber
Alice Faber
Haskins Laboratories
300 George Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Haskins Phone: (203) 865-6163, x258
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Regular Days at Haskins: Monday - Friday

Senior Scientist, Haskins Laboratories
Experiment Coordinator, Haskins Laboratories


AB, Cornell University, 1974, major in Linguistics
MA, University of Texas at Austin , 1976, major in Linguistics,
minor in Oriental languages;
Thesis: Regularization of a morphological rule in Biblical Hebrew
PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 1980, major in Linguistics,
minor in Oriental Languages;
Dissertation: Genetic subgroupings of the Semitic languages


Assistant Professor, University of Florida, 1980-1987
Postdoctoral Trainee, Haskins Laboratories, 1988-1990
Research Associate, Haskins Laboratories, 1991-present

Research Interests

1) the phonetic bases of differences among American English dialects
2) the phonetic bases of sound change; uses of phonetic information in internal and comparative reconstruction


A. Faber & M. Di Paolo, "The Discriminability of Nearly Merged Sounds" c. 50 pp., submitted to Language Variation and Change.
A. Faber, "Genetic Subgrouping of the Semitic Languages," 19 pp., The Semitic Languages, R. Hetzron, ed. London: Routledge.
A. Faber, M. Di Paolo, & C. T. Best, "Perceiving the Unperceivable: The Acquisition of Near Merged Forms," c. 70 pp., submitted to Language, under revision.
A. Faber, review of Phonological Development: Models, Research, Implications, ed. by C. A. Ferguson, L. Menn, & C. Stoel-Gammon (Timonium, MD: York Press, 1992), Language and Speech 37: 299-313, 1994.
A. Faber & C. T. Best, "The Perceptual Infrastructure of Early Phonological Development," The Reality of Linguistic Rules, ed. by R. Corrigan, S. D. Lima, & G. Iverson, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 261-280, 1994.
A. Faber, "Articulatory Variability, Categorical Perception, and the Inevitability of Sound Change," Explanation in Historical Linguistics (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 84), G. W. Davis & G. K. Iverson, eds. Amsterdam: Johns Benjamins, 59-75, 1992.
A. Faber, "Phonemic Segmentation as Epiphenomenon: Evidence from the History of Alphabetic Writing," The Linguistics of Literacy (Typological Studies in Language, 21), S. D. Lima, M. Noonan & P. Downing, eds. Amsterdam: Johns Benjamins, 111-134, 1992. (Also: Haskins Laboratories Status Report on Speech Research SR-101/102: 28-40, 1990.)
E. Farnetani & A. Faber, "Tongue-Jaw Coordination in Vowel Production: Isolated Words vs. Connected Speech." Speech Communication 11: 401-410, 1992.
A. Faber, "Second Harvest: s/ibbolET Revisited (Yet Again)," Journal of Semitic Studies 37: 1-10, 1992.
M. Stone, A. Faber, L. J. Raphael, & T. H. Shawker. "Cross-Sectional Tongue Shapes and Linguopalatal Contact Patterns in [s], [S], and [l]." Journal of Phonetics 20: 253-270, 1992.
M. Di Paolo & A. Faber, "Phonation Differences and the Phonetic Content of the Tense-Lax Contrast in Utah Vowels," Language Variation and Change 2: 155-204, 1990.
A. Faber, "On the Nature of Proto-Semitic *l," Journal of the American Oriental Society 109: 33-36, 1989.
A. Faber, "On the Actuation of Sound Change: A Semitic Case Study," Diachronica 3: 163-184, 1986.
A. Faber, "On the Origin and Development of Hebrew Spirantization," Mediterranean Language Review 2: 117-138, 1986.