Okki Kurniawan successfully defends his dissertation on Jakarta Indonesian

Phonetics grad student Ferdinan "Okki" Kurniawan successfully defended his dissertation
"Phonological variation in Jakarta Indonesian: an emerging variety of Indonesian".

Okki is shown here with members of his thesis committee - from left to right: committee members Dr. John Wolff and Dr. Draga Zec, Okki Kurniawan, and committee Chair Dr. Abby Cohn.

Phonetics grad student Robin Karlin successfully defends her dissertation on Tone Gesture Timing

Phonetics grad student Robin Karlin successfully defended her dissertation
"The timing of tone gestures and tone-bearing units: a cross-linguistic investigation".

Robin is shown here with members of her thesis committee - from left to right: External Committee member Elizabeth Zsiga (Georgetown University); committee chair Dr. Draga Zec, and committee members Dr. Abby Cohn and Dr. Mats Rooth. Robin has accepted a position at Rutgers University, where she will teach phonology.

Phonetics/Phonology grad students travel to Wisconsin, Myanmar, and Indonesia for training & field research

Three Phonetics/Phonology grad students are traveling this summer for training and overseas linguistics fieldwork:

  • Nielson Hul is spending eight weeks learning Thai at the Southeast Asia Summer Studies Institute in Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Dan Burgdorf is traveling to northern Myanmar to record Burmese and Shan dialects.
  • Rachel Vogel is heading to Indonesia to record the endangered rural Termanu language.

Phonetics/Phonology faculty & students present at Manchester and the SEAL Annual Meeting

Phonetics/Phonology researchers and graduate students were well traveled this Spring, with appearances in Taiwan and in England:

  • Grad students Dan Burgdorf and Sireemas Maspong traveled to Taiwan to present papers at the the 28th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, which was held May 17-24, 2018 at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
  • The Phonetics lab was also well-represented at this year's Manchester Phonology Meeting, held May 24-26, 2018 in the city of Manchester, UK. Dr. Draga Zec gave a talk on "Loanword specific prosody as minimal constraint re-ranking", and the following three grad students presented posters on their research:
    • Rachel Vogel - "Maintenance of voicing and aspiration contrasts in Nepali stops"
    • Dan Burgdorf - "Productivity of minor syllables in Burmese"
    • Brynhildur Stefansdottir - "Approximant reduction in colloquial Icelandic"

The Phonetics Lab holds its annual Fall Outing at Taughannock Park

The Phonetics Lab held its annual Fall outing at Taughannock Park on October 15, 2017. The assembled adults and children hiked the South Rim Trail, which has many beautiful views of Taughannock Falls. The weather was sunny, warm, and absolutely perfect. Afterward everyone went to the Glenwood Pines for a lunch hosted by the P-Lab. It was a wonderful day for all, and we are fairly sure that the little ones didn't bring home any toads, bugs, or frogs to show their parents.

Phonetics grad student Hao Yi completes his PhD and heads to industry

Phonetics grad student Hao Yi completed his PhD this summer, where he successfully defended his dissertation "Lexical Tone Gestures", where he experimentally studied lexical f0 control in Mandarin within the framework of Articulatory Phonology.

The tired but happy Hao is shown here with members of his thesis committee - from left to right: Dr. Draga Zec, Hao's thesis advisor Dr. Sam Tilsen, and Dr. Abby Cohn.
Hao is now working as a Speech and Data Scientist at Nuance Communications, Inc. in Mahwah, New Jersey. At Nuance, he is using his knowledge of linguistics and statistics to improve speech applications for understanding human language.

The Linguistics Department Survives Eclipse!

The assembled Linguistics Department enjoyed the solar eclipse today - and no one was blinded.

Ph2 Presents: Rania Habib

As part of the Ph2 Presents Speaker Series, Professor Habib from Syracuse University will be presenting "Children’s deviation in the acquisition of variable linguistic gender patterns" on March 16th at 4:30 p.m. in Morrill 106, followed by a reception. She will also present "Effect of TV and internal vs. external contact on variation in Syrian rural child language" on March 17th at 12:20 p.m. in Morrill B11; lunch will be provided.

Cornell PLab presentations at LSA 2017

The following PLab members presented at the Linguistics Society of America (LSA) 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, January 5-8:

Naomi Enzinna: "How speakers select synthetic and analytic forms of English comparatives: an experimental study"
Robin Karlin: "Effects of anticipatory dissimilation on the F0 and alignment of Thai contour tones"

Welcome to LabPhon15!

A warm, summery welcome to everyone joining us for LabPhon15 this week! For more information, including registration details, campus maps, and the conference schedule, please be sure to visit http://www.labphon.org/labphon15/.