People

Faculty

  • Mark Liberman

    Mark Liberman’s recent research areas include the phonology and phonetics of lexical tone, and its relationship to intonation; gestural, prosodic, morphological and syntactic ways of marking focus, and their use in discourse; formal models for linguistic annotation; information retrieval and information extraction from text.

  • Jianjing Kuang

    Jianjing Kuang’s recent research areas include the multidimensionality of tonal contrasts, phonation (production, perception and phonological representation), laryngeal articulations across languages, experimental fieldwork (Tibeto-Burman, Mayan, Hmong-Mien languages), computational modeling (mapping between production and perception), and prosody (intonation patterns and prosody in sentence processing).

Students

    • Jingjing Tan (2010) <jingtan@ling.upenn.edu>

    • Mao-Hsu Chen (2011) <chenmao@sas.upenn.edu>

      Mao-Hsu Chen is interested in the phonology and phonetics of tones and intonation, sound change in general, and the interface between syntax and phonology. Current work focuses on the tone sandhi in Southern Min languages, especially the variety spoken in Taiwan.

    • Aletheia Cui (2014) <acui@sas.upenn.edu>

    • Jia Tian (2015) <jiatian@sas.upenn.edu>

      Jia Tian is interested in the phonetics and phonology of tones. Her current work focuses on the phonation and tone sandhi in various Chinese Wu dialects.

    • Wei Lai (2015) <weilai@sas.upenn.edu>

      Wei Lai is interested in speech science, phonetics and phonology. She is especially interested in the suprasegmental aspects of speech. She has been engaged in projects on the prosodic encoding of focus in Chinese dialects, the intonation of interrogative questions, the perception of timing cues in word segmentation, and the prosodic grouping of Chinese trisyllabic structures. She is currently working on the tonal variation in Mandarin Chinese in both production and perception aspects.

    • Hong Zhang (2015)<zhangho@sas.upenn.edu>

      Hong’s research interests lie in the realm of phonetics and in phonology. In particular, he has been engaged in projects investigating the acoustics of vowel nasality and voice quality, and aspects of the fundamental frequency (F0) of natural speech. His current work is geared more toward establishing the connection between the acoustics and articulation of nasalization, with the help of modern statistical learning tools and artificial neural networks.

    •  Nari Rhee (2016)<nrhee@sas.upenn.edu>

      Nari is interested in phonetics, computational linguistics and mathematical linguistics. Nari’s recent project is on the distribution of a retroflex lateral allophone in Korean and how the retroflexion plays a role in r-l perception.

    •  Ruaridh Purse (2016)<rupurse@sas.upenn.edu>

      Ruaridh works on phonetics, phonology and sociolinguistics. In particular, his recent research has focused on articulation, including the articulatory realities of variable phenomena and exploring systematic articulatory variation. He is currently using Electromagnetic Articulography (EMA) data to investigate these areas.