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

  • Aletheia Cui <acui@sas.upenn.edu>

  • Jia Tian <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 <weilai@sas.upenn.edu>

    Wei is interested in speech perception, phonetics and psycholinguistics. Most of her recent studies focus on the perception and processing of variability in speech, investigating how listeners integrate contextual cues with linguistic (phonological, phonotactic and lexical cues) and nonlinguistic (speaker specificity, gender, vocal effort) attributes to uncover linguistically meaningful units from various raw signals in their perception and processing behaviors. She also has a long-lasting interest in tonal and suprasegmental aspects of speech. 

  • Hong Zhang <zhangho@sas.upenn.edu>

    Hong’s research interests lie in the realm of phonetics and in phonology and beyond. 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 Mandarin, Cantonese and Thai. His current work is mostly focused on speech disfluency in both normal population and patients with neural degenerative diseases and stuttering.

  •  Nari Rhee <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 <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.