Jeff Mielke
Walt Wolfram

Jeff Mielke

Associate Professor
Tompkins 286
919/515-3303 (office)
jimielke at ncsu dot edu


Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Linguistics, 2004
M.A. The Ohio State University, Linguistics, 1999
B.A. University of Washington, Japanese, 1997
B.A. University of Washington, Linguistics (minor in mathematics), 1997

Research Interests

Laboratory phonology, computational phonology, phonetics, phonetic and phonological variation, sound change, individual differences, language and Autism.

Recent Publications


Forthcoming. Mielke, Jeff. Phonologization and the typology of feature behavior. In Alan Yu, eds., Origins of sound change: Approaches to phonologization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Forthcoming. Archangeli, Diana, Jeff Mielke, and Douglas Pulleyblank. Greater than noise: Frequency effects in Bantu height harmony. In Bert Botma and Roland Noske, eds., Phonological Explorations: Empirical, Theoretical and Diachronic Issues. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

2012. Mielke, Jeff. A phonetically-based metric of sound similarity. Lingua 122: 145-163.

2011. Mielke, Jeff, Kenneth S. Olson, Adam Baker, and Diana Archangeli. Articulation of the Kagayanen interdental approximant: An ultrasound study. Journal of Phonetics 39.3: 403-412.

2011. Baker, Adam, Diana Archangeli, and Jeff Mielke. Variability in English s-Retraction Suggests a Solution to the Actuation Problem. Language Variation and Change 23.3.

2011. Mackie, Scott, and Jeff Mielke. Feature economy in natural, random, and synthetic inventories. In G.N. Clements and Rachid Ridouane, eds., Where do phonological contrasts come from? Cognitive, physical and developmental bases of phonological features. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 43-63.

2011. Mielke, Jeff. Distinctive Features. In Marc van Oostendorp, Colin Ewen, Elizabeth Hume, and Keren Rice, eds., Companion to Phonology. Wiley-Blackwell.

2011. Mielke, Jeff. The nature of distinctive features and the issue of natural classes (section in multi-authored chapter on Phonological Structure). In Abigail C. Cohn, Cecile Fougeron, and Marie K. Huffman, eds., Handbook of Laboratory Phonology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 185-196.

2011. Mielke, Jeff, Lyra Magloughlin, and Elizabeth Hume. Evaluating the effectiveness of Unified Feature Theory and three other feature systems. Tones and Features: In Honor of G. Nick Clements. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

2010 Kenneth S. Olson, Jeff Mielke, Josephine Sanicas-Daguman, Carol Jean Pebley, and Hugh Paterson III. The phonetic status of the (inter)dental approximant. Journal of the International Phonetic Assocation 40.2: 199-215.

2010 Mielke, Jeff, Adam Baker, and Diana Archangeli. Variability and homogeneity in American English /r/ allophony and /s/ retraction. Variation, Detail, and Representation. (LabPhon 10). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 699-719.

2009 Mielke, Jeff. Accepting unlawful variation and unnatural classes: a model of phonological generalization. In Caroline Fery, Ruben van de Vijver and Frank Kugler, eds., Variation and Gradience in Phonetics and Phonology. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 17-42.

2009 Mielke, Jeff. Segment Inventories. Blackwell Language and Linguistics Compass 32.3: 700-718.

2008. The Emergence of Distinctive Features. Oxford: Oxford University Press. xviii, 280 p. [reviewed in Language 87:3].

2005 Mielke, Jeff. Ambivalence and ambiguity in laterals and nasals. Phonology 22.2: 169-203.

2003 Mielke, Jeff, Mike Armstrong, and Elizabeth Hume. Looking through opacity. Theoretical Linguistics 29.1-2: 123-139.

2003 Mielke, Jeff. The Interplay of Speech Perception and Phonology: Experimental Evidence from Turkish. Phonetica 60.3: 208-229.

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