Prakaiwan Vajrabhaya, Ph.D. 

Prakaiwan Vajrabhaya received her doctorate in Linguistics (Language and Cognition) from the University of Oregon.  Her work is empirically-driven, taking the functional approach in analyzing speakers’ performance.  Her research interests include but are not limited to: production models, co-speech gesture, the Repetition Effect, automatization, and conventionalization.   She joined HumTec in November of 2016.

 

Education

2016              Ph.D.   Linguistics, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Cross-modal reduction: Repetition of words and gestures (supervised by Dr. Eric Pederson)

2007              M.A.     Applied Linguistics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Topics in action: Sources of definiteness of topic noun phrases in Thai interactive discourse (supervised by Dr. Joanne Scheibman)

2005               M.P.A.   Master of Public Administration, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

 

Languages:

 

Thai, English

 

Manuscripts under review:

 

Vajrabhaya, P., & Kapatsinski ,V. (under review). First time’s the charm: First-mention lengthening as automatic behavior.

Vajrabhaya, P., & Pederson, E. (under review).  Teasing apart listener-sensitivity: The role of interaction. 

 

Publications:

 

Vajrabhaya, P., & Pederson, E. (2015).  “The baking stick thing”: Automatization of co-speech gesture during lexical access.   In Noelle, D. C., Dale, R., Warlaumont, A. S., Yoshimi, J., Matlock, T., Jennings, C. D., & Maglio, P. P. (Eds.) (2015). Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (p. 3007). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Vajrabhaya, P., & Kapatsinski, V. (2013). Modeling the listener? What resets acoustic durations of repeated English words. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134(5), 4203-4203.

Vajrabhaya, P., & Kapatsinski, V. (2011). There is more to the story: First-mention lengthening in Thai interactive discourse. In Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (Vol. 17, pp. 2050-2053).

 

Selected presentations:

 

Vajrabhaya, P., & Pederson, E. (2016, July).  Teasing apart listener-sensitivity: The role of interaction.  In E. Pederson & Vajrabhaya, P., Gesture, gesture: Tracking gestures across repetitions.  Symposium conducted at the meeting of the International Society for Gesture Studies, Paris, France. 

Vajrabhaya, P., & Pederson, E. (2014, July).  When anyone’s listening: Automatization and gesture reduction.  Talk given at the meeting of the International Society for Gesture Studies, San Diego, CA.

Vajrabhaya, P., & Pederson, E. (2013, October). Repetition vs. listener accommodation: A case study of co-speech gesture in retellings. Poster presented at the meeting of New Ways of Analyzing Variation, Pittsburgh, PA. 

Vajrabhaya, P., & Pederson, E. (2012, July).  Have I told you this before?: Reduction in magnitude over repetition in co-speech gesture. Poster presented at the meeting of International Society for Gesture Studies, Lund, Sweden.