Anne Pycha

Associate Professor, Dept. Chair
 Johnston Hall 124

2022 recipient, UWM Office of Research/UWM Foundation Research Award

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PhD, Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Religious Studies, Brown University

Research Interests

Perception and production of human speech

Courses Offered

Linguis 440 – Psycholinguistics
Linguis 460 – Introductory Phonology
Linguis 560 – Advanced Phonology
Linguis 590 – Morphology
Linguis 802 – Laboratory Phonology

Other Activities

Director, UWM Phonology Lab, Johnston Hall G32

Selected Publications

Pycha, A., and Finley, S. (in press, 2024). Psycholinguistic approaches to vowel harmony. In van der Hulst, H. & Ritter, N. (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Vowel Harmony.

Pycha, A., Song, J., and Culleton, T. (2024). The role of speech style, frequency, and density in recognition memory for spoken words. Frontiers in Psychology.

Zellou, G., Pycha, A., and Chitoran, I. (2023). Use of gradient anticipatory nasal coarticulatory cues for lexical perception in French. Journal of Laboratory Phonology.

Zellou, G., Cohn, M., and Pycha, A. (2023). Listener beliefs and perceptual learning: Differences between device and human guises. Language.

Aldholmi, Y. and Pycha, A. (2023, in press). Segmental contributions to the intelligibility of Arabic sentences. Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics.

Zellou, G., Pycha, A., and Cohn, M. (2023). The perception of nasal coarticulatory variation in face-masked speechJournal of the Acoustical Society of America. 

Song, J., Pycha, A., and Culleton, T. (2022). Interactions between voice-activated AI assistants and human speakers and their implications for second-language acquisition. Frontiers in Communication.

Pycha, A., Cohn, M., and Zellou, G. (2022). Face-masked speech intelligibility: The influence of speaking style, visual information, and background noise. Frontiers in Communication. 

Cohn, M., Pycha, A., and Zellou, G. (2021). Intelligibility of face-masked speech depends on speaking style: Comparing casual, smiled, and clear speech. Cognition.

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Pycha, A. (2021). Phonological and morphological roles modulate the perception of consonant variants. Linguistics Vanguard. PDF

Pycha, A. (2020). Differences in perception and memory for speech fragments in complex versus simple words: Two experiments. The Mental Lexicon, 15(2): 189-222. PDF

Zellou, G. and Pycha, A. (2018). The gradient influence of temporal extent of coarticulation on vowel and speaker perception. Journal of Laboratory Phonology 9(1), 12. PDF

Pycha, A. (2017). A new test for exemplar theory: Varying versus non-varying words in Spanish. Glossa. PDF

Pycha, A. (2017). False memory rates for morphologically simple versus complex words in English. The Mental Lexicon, 12 (1): 71-106. PDF

Pycha, A. (2016). False memories for varying and non-varying words in American English. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience. PDF

Pycha, A., & Dahan, D. (2016). Differences in coda voicing trigger changes in gestural timing: A test case from the American English diphthong /aɪ/. Journal of Phonetics, 56, 15-37. PDF

Pycha, A. (2016). Co-articulatory cues for communication: An investigation of five environments. Language and Speech, 59, 364-386. PDF

Pycha, A. (2015). Subjective perception of affixation: A test case from Spanish. Lingua, 159, 47-69. PDF

Pycha, A. (2015). Listeners perceive prefixes differently: Evidence from a noise-rating task. Word Structure, 8(1), 53-83. PDF

Pycha, A. (2010). A test case for the phonetics–phonology interface: gemination restrictions in Hungarian. Phonology, 27(01), 119-152. PDF

Pycha, A. (2009). Lengthened affricates as a test case for the phonetics–phonology interface. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 39(01), 1-31. PDF

Caballero, G., Houser, M. J., Marcus, N., McFarland, T., Pycha, A., Toosarvandani, M., & Nichols, J. (2008). Nonsyntactic ordering effects in noun incorporation. Linguistic Typology, 12(3), 383-421. PDF

Pycha, A., Inkelas, S., & Sprouse, R. (2007). Morphophonemics and the lexicon: A case study from Turkish. Experimental Approaches to Phonology, ed. by Maria-Josep Solé, Patrice Speeter Beddor, and Manjari Ohala, 369–85. PDF