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Heidi Fleischhacker MacBride


Research Interests

Perceptual similarity effects in phonology, contiguity effects in insertion and deletion, consonant cluster markedness, sonority sequencing requirements, loanword phonology, imperfect puns. 


  • Ph.D., linguistics, UCLA, 2005. Dissertation: Similarity in Phonology: Evidence from Reduplication and Loan Adaptation.
  • M.A., linguistics, UCLA, 2000. Thesis: The location of epenthetic vowels with respect to consonant clusters: an auditory similarity account.
  • B.A., linguistics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1997. Honors thesis: Word-final lengthening in American English.

Papers and presentations 

  • Onset transfer in reduplication. Paper presented at the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, San Francisco, January 2002.
  • Cluster-dependent epenthesis asymmetries. In UCLA Working Papers in Linguistics 7, Papers in Phonology 5, pp. 71-116, edited by Adam Albright and Taehong Cho.
  • Onset clusters and Contiguity. Paper presented at the Southwestern Workshop on Optimality Theory, Los Angeles, April 2001. 
  • Relative similarity judgments. Paper presented at the Symposium on the Role of Similarity in Phonology, Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington DC, January 2001. 
  • Perceived similarity and phonotactic wellformedness. Poster presented at the 7th Conference on Laboratory Phonology, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, June 2000. 
  • Initial versus medial epenthesis: an auditory similarity account. Paper presented at the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Chicago, January 2000. 
  • The prothesis-epenthesis pattern: a perceptual account. Poster presented at The Role of Perception in Phonology, satellite meeting of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, San Francisco, July 1999. 
  • Word-final lengthening in American English. Paper presented at the Spring Linguistics Colloquium, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1997. 

Teaching and research experience 

  • Teaching assistant, Phonology I (Ling 120A, Bruce Hayes), Winter 2000 
  • Teaching assistant, Phonological Theory I (Ling 200A, Bruce Hayes), Fall 1999 & Fall 1998 
  • Research assistant to Patricia Keating, Summer 1998 


  • UCLA Dissertation Fellowship, 2001-2002
  • UCLA Research Mentorship (with Donca Steriade), 2000-2001 
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 1997-2000 
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