• 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).

Other Associated Faculty

  • Sunghye Cho (Research Assistant Professor) – Linguistic Data Consortium


  • Martin Ho Kwan Ip

    Martin is interested in how speech processing can be shaped by both language-universal mechanisms as well as our experience with our native language. He addresses this question by adopting a cross-linguistic approach. At the Phonetics Lab, he studies how Cantonese listeners attend to the immediate intonation contour to predict the prosodic forms of upcoming words. In his second line of work, Martin also studies how speakers across languages prioritize different prosodic cues in sentence disambiguation.

  • Cesko Voeten
    Cesko Voeten is a postdoc in linguistics working with Meredith Tamminga and Joshua Plotkin (Biology & Mathematics). His research is concerned with the relationship between synchronic variation and diachronic change in vowel systems, and with statistical methods that enable this relationship to be quantified. In his current project, he uses a statistical model from biological evolution to investigate the population-level processes underlying vowel changes in Philadelphia.


  • May Chan

    May’s research interests are in phonetics and phonology. Lately, May is particularly interested in articulatory and acoustic aspects of performative speech (such as singing), and their mapping to listeners’ perception.

  • Xin Gao

  • Jonathan Lee
    Jonathan is interested in prosody (broadly construed) and its intersections with language acquisition, bilingualism, clinical applications of linguistic analysis in psychotherapy and psychiatry, and, more recently, disfluency.
  • Danni Ma

  • Hassan Munshi

  • Nari Rhee

    Nari’s recent interests are in investigating the cross-linguistic similarities and differences in how the multidimensional phonetic cue space is shaped by the phonological structure of languages.