Working Papers

Working Papers in the Language Sciences at the University of Rochester (WPLS:UR) is an online publication of working papers from the University's interdisciplinary language sciences community.

Individual papers are published online in PDF format. Currently available volumes of WPLS are listed below.

The submission window for Spring 2024 is now closed

Do you have a piece of research that you would like to publish? Working Papers in the Language Sciences at the University of Rochester is currently accepting submissions for Volume 10 to be published in Spring 2024. Undergraduates, graduates, and faculty from the University of Rochester can submit term papers, qualifying papers, conference presentations, or otherwise unpublished research in the language sciences for publication in our very own departmental working papers journal.

Publishing in working papers is a chance for researchers to share work that is in progress, or that is not yet ready for submission to a full-fledged journal. Just like with a regular journal, papers submitted to WPLS:UR are reviewed, and if accepted, go through the revision and editing process. For students, this is a good opportunity to get early career experience with the publication of your research.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2024 (extended to February 15, 2024). For submission details and any other questions, please contact J.C. Wamsley at

Published volumes of WPLS

Spring 2024, vol. 10, no. 1

Editor: J.C. Wamsley


Fall 2022, vol. 9, no. 1

Editor: Joyce McDonough

  • Papers by Ash Asudeh; Andre ́s Buxo ́-Lugo and Chigusa Kurumada; Zhendong Liu; Sarah Smith; Yuhang Xu and Jeffrey T. Runner

Fall 2020, vol. 8, no. 1

Editor: Peter Guekguezian

  • Papers by John Kyle Cooper and Sam Zhao; Leonor Teles and Olivia Huey; Nicholas Cimaszewski and Benjamin Richardson; Jiaxing Yu; Elizabeth Lee; Megan Eichas

Fall 2019, vol. 7, no. 1

Editor: Peter Guekguezian

  • Papers by Peter Guekguezian; Peter Guekguezian and Yuyi Zhou; Joyce McDonough; Yuhang Xu and Jeffrey T. Runner

Fall 2011, vol. 6, no. 1

Editor: Alex B. Fine

  • Papers by Santiago Barreda; Sara Finley and Elissa Newport; Christine Gunlogson; Jeff Runner and Timothy Dozat; Michelle Sims

Summer 2009, vol. 5, no. 1

Editors: Heike Lehnert-LeHouillier and Alex B. Fine

  • Papers by Scott Paauw; Sara Finley; and Heike Lehnert-LeHouillier

Winter 2008, vol. 4, no. 1

  • Michael A. Berger, "Measurement of vowel nasalization by multi-dimensional acoustic analysis"

Spring 2007, vol. 3, no. 1

Editors: Lynsey Wolter and Jill Thorson

  • Papers by Charley Beller; T. Florian Jaeger and Neal Snider; Joyce McDonough, Harold Danko, and Jason Zentz; Jeffrey T. Runner; and Jill Thorson

Spring 2001, vol. 2, no. 1

Editors: Katherine Crosswhite and James S. Magnuson

  • Papers by Katherine M. Crosswhite; Jeffrey T. Runner; Rachel S. Sussman and Julie C. Sedivy; and James S. Magnuson, Delphine Dahan and Michael K. Tanenhaus

Fall 2000, vol. 1, no. 2

Editors: Katherine Crosswhite and Jim Magnuson

  • Papers by Jean Ann and Long Peng; Joyce McDonough; Bob McMurray, Michael Spivey and Richard Aslin; and Jeffrey T. Runner

Spring/Summer 2000, vol. 1, no. 1

Editors: Katherine Crosswhite and Joyce McDonough

  • Papers by Joyce McDonough and Mary Willie; Katrina Schack; James S. Magnuson, Michael K. Tanenhaus and Richard N. Aslin; Bob McMurray; Greg Carlson; and Katherine M. Crosswhite