Guilherme D. Garcia

My research programme is focused on phonology/phonetics and second language acquisition, more specifically on stress and prosody, and how subtle patterns in language can be acquired by speakers and second language learners. My doctoral thesis explored how syllable weight impacts word stress, and how native speakers acquire and generalise patterns present in their language. In the thesis, I also argue that Portuguese, unlike English, does not motivate footing. I provide a probabilistic approach to stress, and statistically model the lexica of Portuguese and English as well as native speakers’ intuitions regarding weight and patterns of prominence in both languages. The Bayesian data analysis discussed in my thesis also compares two types of models: on the one hand, naïve models provide a baseline which (unrealistically) assumes that speakers have a neutral bias regarding weight effects in their language (i.e., weight estimates distributed around zero)—these are equivalent to traditional (frequentist) models; on the other hand, informed models encode some expected (non-zero) bias towards weight-sensitivity. I show that the latter result in a better fit. In other words, statistical models which encode some principled expectation are not only more realistic, but also more meaningful.

I am also currently involved in a couple of parallel projects: a) high vowel deletion in Québec French (with Natália B. Guzzo and Heather Goad); b) prosodic influence in pronoun interpretation in Italian (with Heather Goad, Lydia White and colleagues).


Thesis

Garcia, G. D. (2017). Weight effects on stress: lexicon and grammar. PhD thesis, McGill University.


Journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings

Garcia, G. D. (To appear). Grammar trumps lexicon: Typologically inconsistent patterns are not generalized. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society.

Garcia, G. D., H. Goad & N. B. Guzzo. (2017). Footing is not always about stress: Formalizing variable high vowel deletion in Québec French. In Proceedings of the Annual Meetings on Phonology, 4, ed. Karen Jesney, Charlie O’Hara, Caitlin Smith and Rachel Walker. Linguistic Society of America.

Garcia, G. D. (2017). Weight gradience and stress in Portuguese. Phonology, 34(1):41–79.

White, L., H. Goad, J. Su, L. Smeets, M. Mortazavinia, G. D. Garcia & N. B. Guzzo. (2017). Prosodic effects on pronoun interpretation in Italian. In Proceedings of the 41st Annual Boston Conference on Language Development, ed. Maria LaMendola and Jennifer Scott, pp. 744-752. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Garcia, G. D., H. Goad & N. B. Guzzo. (2017). L2 acquisition of high vowel deletion in Quebec French. In Proceedings of the 41st Annual Boston Conference on Language Development, ed. Maria LaMendola and Jennifer Scott, pp. 273-282. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Garcia, G. D. & N. B. Guzzo. (2017). The acquisition of English stress by Québec francophones, in Romance-Germanic Bilingual Phonology, ed. Mehmet Yavas, Margaret Kehoe and Walcir Cardoso, pp. 200-221. Sheffield, UK: Equinox Publishing.

Garcia, G. D. (2016). Extrametricality and second language acquisition. In Proceedings of the Annual Meetings on Phonology, 3, ed. Gunnar Ólafur Hansson, Ashley Farris-Trimble, Kevin McMullin and Douglas Pulleyblank. Linguistic Society of America.

Garcia, G. D. (2016). The computation of weight in Portuguese: syllables and intervals. In Proceedings of the 33rd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, ed. Kyeong-min Kim, Pocholo Umbal, Trevor Block, Queenie Chan, Tanie Cheng, Kelli Finney, Mara Katz, Sophie Nickel-Thompson, and Lisa Shorten, pp. 137-145. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Guzzo, G. B. & G. D. Garcia. (2015). Open-mindedness in science education. Think, 14(41): 99-103.

Garcia, G. D. (2013). Non-neutral suffix acquisition. In Advances in Language Acquisition, ed. Stravoula Stravakaki, Marina Lalioti and Polyxeni Konstantinopoulou, pp. 320-327. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.


Selected Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

See my CV for a full list.

Guzzo, N. B., H. Goad & G. D. Garcia. (2017). Learners can acquire structurally-conditioned variation: High vowel deletion in Québec French. 14th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA), University of Southampton, Southampton, UK. Apr 6-9. (talk)

Garcia, G. D. (2017). Adapting inconsistent lexical patterns: a Bayesian approach to weight and stress. 91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA Meeting), Austin, USA, Jan 5-8. (poster)

White, L., H. Goad, J. Su, L. Smeets, M. Mortazavinia, G. D. Garcia & N. B. Guzzo. (2016). Prosodic Effects on Pronoun Interpretation in Italian. 41st Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), Boston University, Boston, USA, Nov 4-6. (poster)

Garcia, G. D., H. Goad & N. B. Guzzo. (2016). L2 Acquisition of High Vowel Deletion in Quebec French. 41st Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), Boston University, Boston, USA, Nov 4-6. (poster)

Garcia, G. D., H. Goad & N. B. Guzzo. (2016). Footing is not always about stress: Formalizing variable high vowel deletion in Québec French. Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP), University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, Oct 21-23. (talk)

Garcia, G. D. (2016). Grammar trumps lexicon: Typologically inconsistent weight effects are not generalized. 47th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, Oct 14-16. (talk)

Garcia, G. D. (2016). Second language acquisition of stress in Portuguese: extrametricality and default stress. 7th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, Sep 8-10. (talk)

Garcia, G. D. & N. B. Guzzo. (2016). Acquisition of word-level prominence in L2 English by Canadian French speakers. 15th Conference on Laboratory Phonology (LabPhon), Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, Jul 13-17. (poster)

Garcia, G. D. (2016). Computing segmental and suprasegmental information in lexical decision. The 24th Manchester Phonology Meeting (mfm), University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, May 26-28. (talk)

Guzzo, N. B., H. Goad & G. D. Garcia. (2016). High vowel deletion in Québec French: Evidence from vestigial iambs. The 24th Manchester Phonology Meeting (mfm), University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, May 26-28. (talk)

Garcia, G. D. (2016). Probabilistic grammar and the Portuguese Stress Corpus. 46th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, USA, Mar 31-Apr 3. (talk)

Garcia, G. D. (2015). The second language acquisition of weight and stress: Extrametricality and default stress. 34th Second Language Research Forum (SLRF), Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA, Oct 29-31. (talk)

Garcia, G. D. (2015). Stress and gradient weight in Portuguese. 33rd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL), Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, Mar 27-29. (talk)

Garcia, G. D. & N. B. Guzzo. (2015). The prosodization of neoclassical elements in Brazilian Portuguese: Evidence from vowel reduction. 12th Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, Jan 27-30. (poster)



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