Phonetics

Phonetics is the science of speech.
It studies the articulation, acoustics, and perception of speech sounds.

The phonetics group at Penn emphasizes the interdisciplinary and experimental nature of phonetics in both teaching and research. The group is engaged in a wide range of research topics, including laboratory studies of speech production and perception, prosody modeling, phonetic patterns in large speech corpora, integration of phonetic knowledge in speech synthesis/recognition, etc.

 

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'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).

 

Link to the Phonetics Lab page.

 

Faculty

Mark Liberman
Phonetics, prosody, natural language processing, speech communication

Jianjing Kuang

Multidimensionality of tonal contrasts, phonation, laryngeal articulations across languages, computational modeling, and prosody.

 

Students

Mao-Hsu Chen
Phonetics

Sunghye Cho
Phonetics, Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Language Acquisition

Aletheia Cui

Phonetics, Historical Linguistics

Gudrún (Duna) Gylfadóttir
Sociolinguistics, Phonetics, Phonology

Wei Lai

Phonetics

Yong-cheol Lee
Phonetics

Hilary Prichard
Sociolinguistics, Historical, Phonetics

Gayeon Son
Phonology, Phonetics, Semantics

Jingjing Tan
Phonetics, Phonology

Jia Tian

Phonetics

Lacey Wade 

Sociolinguistics, Phonetics

Hong Zhang

Phonetics