Esposito's research interests include the typology and perception of phonation
(voice quality); the interaction between voice quality and prosody (intonation and vocal
stress in speech) and languages that use different voice qualities (e.g., creaky, breathy
etc.) to make phonological (studies the sound system of a specific language or languages)

Her early research focused on applying an experimental approach to defining the
phonations of a Zapotec language, using both acoustic and electroglottographic data. She
is working on an NSF grant proposal on the production and perception of phonation. 

EDUCATION: B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 2000; M.A., University of
California, Los Angeles, 2003; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2006. 

Christina Esposito has been teaching at Macalester College since 2006. 

Journal Articles


Contrastive breathiness across consonants and vowels: A comparative study of Gujarati and White Hmong (with S D. Khan), Journal of the International Phonetic Association (2012)


Phonation Contrasts Across Languages (with Patricia Keating, Marc Garellek, Sameer ud Dowla Khan, and Jianjing Kuang), UCLA Working Papers in Phonetics (2010)

Unpublished Papers


Linguistic Voice Quality (with Patricia Keating), Department of Linguistics, UCLA (2007)

Contrasting phonation types in languages can differ along several acoustic dimensions, depending on whether the...



The Intonation of Question in Farsi: Wh-Questions, Yes/No-Questions, and Echo Questions (with Patrick Barjam), Department of Linguistics, UCLA (2007)


Breathy Nasals and /Nh/ Clusters in Bengali, Hindi, and Marathi (with Sameer ud Dowla Khan and Alex Hurst), Department of Linguistics, UCLA (2005)


Santa Ana del Valle Zapotec Phonation, Department of Linguistics, UCLA (2004)