BookChanging Minds Changing Tools

Kapatsinski, V. (2018). Changing minds changing tools: From learning theory to language acquisition to language change.* Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Table of Contents

*Winner of the 2020 Leonard Bloomfield Book Award from the Linguistic Society of America

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Harmon, Z., & V. Kapatsinski. A theory of repetition and retrieval in execution of sequential behavior.

Kapatsinski, V. Sound change and hierarchical inference. What is being inferred? Effects of words, phones and frequency.

Olejarczuk, P., & V. Kapatsinski. The role of surprisal in phonological learning: The case of weight-sensitive stress.

Smolek, A., & V. Kapatsinski. Syntagmatic paradigms: Learning correspondence from contiguity.

In press

Caballero, G., & Kapatsinski, V. (2019). How agglutinative? Searching for cues to meaning in Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara) using discriminative learning. In A. Sims, A. Ussishkin, J. Parker & S. Wray (Eds.), Morphological typology and linguistic cognition. Cambridge University Press.

Kapatsinski, V., S. Easterday & J. Bybee. Vowel reduction: A usage-based approach. Italian Journal of Linguistics / Rivista do Linguistica.


Harmon, Z. (2019). Accessibility, language production, and language change. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Oregon.

Harmon, Z., Idemaru, K., & Kapatsinski, V. (2019). Learning mechanisms in cue reweightingCognition, 189, 76-88.

Kapatsinski, V. (2019). Accessibility as a driver of change. In K. Lee-Legg & J. C. Wamsley (Eds.), 50th Anniversary LCIU Commemorative Collection, 57-59. Bloomington, IN: Linguistics Club.

Smolek, A. E. (2019). Teaching papa to cha-cha: How change magnitude, temporal contiguity, and task affect alternation learning. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Oregon. Full official version here

Teruya, H., & Kapatsinski, V. (2019). Deciding to look: Revisiting the linking hypothesis for spoken word recognition in the visual worldLanguage, Cognition & Neuroscience, 34(7), 860-881.


Barth, D., & Kapatsinski, V. (2018) Evaluating logistic mixed-effects models of corpus-linguistic data in light of lexical diffusion. In D. Speelman, K. Heylen & D. Geeraerts (Eds), Mixed-effects regression models in linguistics, 99-116. Springer.

Kapatsinski, V. (2018). Changing minds changing tools: From learning theory to language acquisition to language change. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Kapatsinski, V. (2018). Learning morphological constructions. In G. Booij (Ed.), The construction of words: Advances in construction morphology, 547-581. Springer.

Kapatsinski, V. (2018). Words versus rules (storage versus online production/processing) in morphology. In M. Aronoff (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Oxford University Press.

Kapatsinski, V. (2018). On the intolerance of the Tolerance PrincipleLinguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 8(6), 738-742.

Kapatsinski, V. (2018). Changing minds changing tools: A learning-theoretic approach to language acquisitionProceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 55-56.

Olejarczuk, P. (2018). Phonotactic generalizations and the metrical parse. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Oregon.

Olejarczuk, P., & V. Kapatsinski. (2018). The metrical parse is guided by gradient phonotacticsPhonology, 35(3), 367-405.

Olejarczuk, P., Kapatsinski, V., & Baayen, R. H. (2018). Distributional learning is error-driven: The role of surprise in the acquisition of phonetic categoriesLinguistics Vanguard, 4(S2).

Redford, M., V. Kapatsinski, & J. Cornell-Fabiano. (2018). Lay listener classification and social evaluation of typical and disordered child speech. Language & Speech, 61(2), 277-302.

Smolek, A., & Kapatsinski, V. (2018). What happens to large changes? Saltation produces well-liked outputs that are hard to generateLaboratory Phonology9(1), 10.

Teruya, H. (2018).Deciding to look: Revisiting the link between lexical activations and eye movements in the visual world paradigm in Japanese.  Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Oregon.


Barth, D., & V. Kapatsinski. (2017). A multimodel inference approach to categorical variant choice: Construction, priming and frequency effects on the choice between full and contracted forms of am, are and isCorpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 13(2), 203-260.

Harmon, Z., & Kapatsinski, V. (2017). Putting old tools to new uses: The role of form accessibility in semantic extensionCognitive Psychology98, 22-44.

Kapatsinski, V. (2017) Learning a subtractive morphological system: Statistics and representations. In Maria LaMendola and Jennifer Scott (Eds.), Proceedings of the Boston University Conference on Language Development, 41(1), 357-372. Cascadilla Press.

Kapatsinski, V. (2017) Copying, the source of creativity. In A. Makarova, S. M. Dickey & D. Divjak (Eds.), Each venture a new beginning: Studies in honor of Laura A. Janda, 57-70. Bloomington, IN: Slavica.

Kapatsinski, V. (2017) A review of Heike Behrens and Stefan Pfänder (eds.). Experience counts: Frequency effects in language. Berlin/Boston: Walter de GruyterCognitive Linguistics, 28(2), 349-360.

Kapatsinski, V., & Harmon, Z. (2017). A Hebbian account of entrenchment and (over)-extension in language learningProceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 2366-2371.

Kapatsinski, V., P. Olejarczuk, & M. A. Redford. (2017). Perceptual learning of intonation contour categories in adults and 9 to 11-year-old children: Adults are more narrow-minded. Cognitive Science, 41(2), 383-415.


Harmon, Z., & V. Kapatsinski. (2016). Fuse to be used: A weak cue’s guide to attracting attention. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 520-525.

Harmon, Z., & V. Kapatsinski. (2016) Determinants of lengths of repetition disfluencies: Probabilistic syntactic constituency in speech production. Chicago Linguistic Society, 50, 237-248.

Olejarczuk, P., & V. Kapatsinski. (2016). Attention allocation in phonetic category learningProceedings of Cognitive Modeling in Linguistics, 148-156.

Vajrabhaya, P. (2016). Cross-modal reduction: Repetition of words and gestures. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Oregon.


Barth, D. G. (2015). To have and to be: Function word reduction in child speech, child-directed speech and inter-adult speech. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Oregon.

Caballero, G., & V. Kapatsinski. (2015). Perceptual functionality of multiple exponence in Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara). Pre-print of a paper published in Language, Cognition & Neuroscience, 30(9), 1134-1143.

Harmon, Z., & V. Kapatsinski. (2015). Studying the dynamics of lexical access using disfluencies. Proceedings of Disfluencies in Spontaneous Speech, 41-44.


Kapatsinski, V. (2014). What is grammar like? A usage-based constructionist perspective. Linguistic Issues in Language Technology, 11(1), 1-41.

Vakareliyska, C. M., & V. Kapatsinski. (2014). An Anglo-Americanism in Slavic morphosyntax: Productive [N[N]] constructions in Bulgarian.  Folia Linguistica, 48(1), 277-312.


Kapatsinski, V. (2013). Conspiring to mean: Experimental and computational evidence for a usage-based harmonic approach to morphophonology. Language, 89(1), 110-148.

Kapatsinski, V. (2013). Morphological schema induction by means of conditional inference trees. In B. Cartoni, D. Bernhard, & D. Tribout, eds. TACMO Workshop. Theoretical and Computational Morphology: New Trends and Synergies, 11-14. Geneva.

Kapatsinski, V., & C. M. Vakareliyska. (2013). [N[N]] compounds in Russian: A growing family of constructions. Constructions & Frames, 5(1), 69-87.

Stave, M., A. Smolek, & V. Kapatsinski. (2013). Inductive bias against stem changes as perseveration: Experimental evidence for an articulatory approach to output-output faithfulness. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 3454-59. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.


Jing-Schmidt, Z., & V. Kapatsinski. (2012). The apprehensive: Fear as endophoric evidence and its pragmatics in English, Mandarin, and Russian. Journal of Pragmatics, 44(4), 346-373.

Kapatsinski, V. (2012). What statistics do learners track? Rules, constraints or schemas in (artificial) grammar learning. In Gries, S. Th., & D. Divjak, eds. Frequency effects in language: Learning and processing, 53-82. Mouton de Gruyter.


Johnston, L. H., & V. Kapatsinski. (2011). In the beginning there were the weird: A phonotactic novelty preference in adult word learning. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 1022-1025.

Kapatsinski, V. (2011). Modularity in the channel: The link between separability of features and learnability of dependencies between them. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 1022-1025.

Kapatsinski, V. (2011). Review of Kibort & Corbett, eds. 2010. Features: Perspectives on a key notion of linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Studies in Language, 35(1), 217-227.

Kapatsinski, V., & R. Janda. (2011). It’s around here: Residential history and the meaning of ‘Midwest’. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 2983-2988.

Vajrabhaya, P., & V. Kapatsinski. (2011). There is more to the story: First-mention lengthening in Thai interactive discourse. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 2050-2053.


Kapatsinski, V. (2010). Velar palatalization in Russian and artificial grammar: Constraints on models of morphophonology. Journal of Laboratory Phonology, 1(2), 361-393.

Kapatsinski, V. (2010). Rethinking rule reliability: Why an exceptionless rule can fail. Chicago Linguistic Society, 44(2), 277-291.

Kapatsinski, V. (2010). What is it I am writing? Lexical frequency effects in spelling Russian prefixes: Uncertainty and competition in an apparently regular system. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 6(2), 157-215.

Kapatsinski, V. (2010). Frequency of use leads to automaticity of production: Evidence from repair in conversation. Language and Speech, 53(1), 71-105.

Kapatsinski, V., & L. H. Johnston. (2010). Investigating phonotactics, lexical analogy, and sound symbolism using xenolinguistics: A novel word-picture matching paradigm. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 2010-2015.

Kapatsinski, V., & L. H. Johnston. (2010). Is that a bnik I see? Testing phonotactics using word-picture matching. In Antonis Botinis, ed. Proceedings of the 2nd ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics 2010, 77-80. ISCA & The University of Athens.


Kapatsinski, V. (2009). Testing theories of linguistic constituency with configural learning: The case of the English syllable. Language, 85(2),  248-277.

Kapatsinski, V. (2009). Adversative conjunction choice in Russian: Semantic and syntactic influences on lexical selection. Language Variation and Change, 21(2), 157-173.

Kapatsinski, V. (2009). The architecture of grammar in artificial grammar learning: Formal biases in the acquisition of morphophonology and the nature of the learning task. Ph.D. Dissertation, Linguistics & Cognitive Science, Indiana University.

Kapatsinski, V., & J. Radicke. (2009). Frequency and the emergence of prefabs: Evidence from monitoring. In R. Corrigan, E. Moravcsik, H. Ouali, & K. Wheatley, eds.  Formulaic Language. Vol. II: Acquisition, loss, psychological reality, functional explanations, 499-520. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (Typological Studies in Language 83).


Kapatsinski, V. (2008). Constituents can exhibit partial overlap: Experimental evidence for an exemplar approach to the mental lexicon. In R. L. Edwards, P. J. Midtlyng, C. L. Sprague, and K. G. Stensrud, eds. CLS 41: The Panels, 227-242. Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society.

Kapatsinski, V. (2008). Principal components of sound systems: An exercise in multivariate statistical typology. Indiana University Linguistics Club Working Papers Online, 08-08.


Kapatsinski, V. (2007). Frequency, neighborhood density, age-of-acquisition, lexicon size, neighborhood density and speed of processing: Towards a domain-general, single-mechanism account. In S. Buescher, K. Holley, E. Ashworth, C. Beckner, B. Jones, and C. Shank. Proceedings of the 6th Annual High Desert Linguistics Society Conference, 121-40. Albuquerque, NM: High Desert Linguistics Society.

Kapatsinski, V. (2007). Implementing and testing theories of linguistic constituency I: English syllable structure. Research on Spoken Language Processing Progress Report No.28, 241-276. Indiana University Speech Research Lab.


Kapatsinski, V. (2006). Sound similarity relations in the mental lexicon: Modeling the lexicon as a complex network. Research on Spoken Language Processing Progress Report No.27, 133-152. Indiana University Speech Research Lab.

Kapatsinski, V. (2006). To scheme or to rule: Evidence against the Dual Mechanism Model, In Rebecca T. Cover and Yuni Kim, eds. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, 193-204. Berkeley: Berkeley Linguistics Society.

Kapatsinski, V. (2006). Towards a single-mechanism account of frequency effects. The LACUS Forum 32: Networks, 325-335.


Kapatsinski, V. (2005). Measuring the relationship of structure to use: Determinants of the extent of recycle in repetition repair. Berkeley Linguistics Society 30, 481-492.

Kapatsinski, V. (2005). Characteristics of a rule-based default are dissociable: Evidence against the Dual Mechanism Model. In S. Franks, F. Y. Gladney, and M. Tasseva-Kurktchieva, eds. Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 13: The South Carolina Meeting, 136-146. Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan Slavic Publications.

Kapatsinski, V. (2005). Productivity of Russian stem extensions: Evidence for and a formalization of Network Theory. M.A. Thesis, Linguistics, University of New Mexico.

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