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

PLab goes to Boston

PLab members will be busy next week in Boston at Speech Prosody 2016:

At the conference:

Hao Yi: Phrasal Stress in Beijing Mandarin: an investigation using focus.
Jixing Li: Early prosodic manifestation of disfluency.
Sam Tilsen: A shared control parameter for F0 and intensity.

At the Common Prosody Platform (CPP) Satellite meeting:

Hao Yi and Sam Tilsen: Modeling interaction between intonation and lexical tone: an Articulatory Phonology perspective.
Sam Tilsen: Modeling pitch gesture imitation: only targets and relative timing are controlled.

Congratulations to JIXING! for receiving an IPA travel grant to SpeechProsody!

PLab cleanup and bowling party gets trashy

The PLab is clean. The PLab members, not so much.

Scoring irregularities call into question Karl's defeat of Sam in round 2.

Naomi Enzinna presenting at Miami FLing 2016

Naomi Enzinna will be presenting her paper "Spanish-influenced prosody in Miami English" at Miami FLing 2016: Linguistics Matters Festival at Florida International University, March 10-11, 2016.

Cornell PLab presentations at LSA 2016

The following PLab members will be presenting at the Linguistics Society of America (LSA) 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., January 7-10, 2016:

Jixing Li & Sam Tilsen: "Phonetic Evidence for Two Types of Disfluency"
Naomi Enzinna: "Spanish-influenced rhythm in Miami English"