|Mary Beckman, PI||
My current research focuses on phonological development. This the process by which babies learn to pick out words and other structures in the speech addressed to them and to match these up to the sounds patterns they themselves produce, and then gradually grow a vocabulary and a "grammar" for combining sounds and words into completely novel utterances. It also involves learning to listen like a native speaker as well as learning to sound like someone who belongs in the ambient speech community.
|Eric Fosler-Lussier, Co-PI||
I'm the director of the Speech and Language Technologies Laboratory in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The overall goal of my lab's research is to find meaningful ways to integrate acoustic, phonetic, lexical, and other linguistic insights into the speech recognition process through a combination of statistical modeling and data/error analysis.
|Mikhail Belkin, Co-PI||
My research focuses on designing and analyzing practical algorithms for machine learning based on non-linear structure of high dimensional data, in particular manifold and spectral methods. I am also interested in a range of theoretical questions concerning the computational and statistical limits of learning and mathematical foundations of learning structure from data. Recently, I have also become interested in human cognition and its connections to machine learning.
|Elizabeth McCullough, Graduate Student||
I am a 5th-year Ph.D. student in Linguistics. My areas of interest include phonetics and both first and second language acquisition. In my dissertation, entitled "Acoustic correlates of foreign-accented English," I am exploring the phonetic underpinnings of native listeners' perceptions of non-native speech.
|Andrew Plummer, Graduate Student|
|Patrick Reidy, Graduate Student|
|Jeffrey Holliday, Graduate Student||
I am a 5th-year graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at the Ohio State University. My areas of active research are phonetics, language acquisition, and Korean. My armchair interests are psychoacoustics and sound change (i.e. given 30 hours a day and 12 days a week I would pursue them more actively).
|Rory Turnbull, Graduate Student|
|Ya-ting Shih, Graduate Student|
|Jeffrey Kallay, Undergraduate Student|
|Fangfang Li, Alumna||
I am an assistant professor at the University of Lethbridge, a phonetician and a developmental psychologist conducting research on child speech development. My research interests include acoustic and perceptual development of fricatives in preschool-age children speaking different languages. I am also interested in gendered speech, its acoustics and acquisition in languages such as Mandarin Chinese.
|Ilana Heintz, Alumna||
I worked with the language learning group for several years before completing my Ph.D. in 2010. My research involved modeling how children are able to learn to reproduce sounds they hear from adults, despite having entirely different vocal tracts. I am interested in all kinds of speech and language research starting with words and getting smaller: words, morphemes, phonemes, articulatory gestures, sounds waves...