300 George Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Department of Linguistics
University of Southern California
3601 Watt Way, GFS 301
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1693 USA
I received my PhD in linguistics from UCLA in 1977 and have been at Yale and Haskins Laboratories since 1980. The central concern of my work has been the development, with Catherine Browman, of a gesture-based approach to phonological and phonetic structure, dubbed articulatory phonology. The theoretical approach is incorporated in a computational model that generates speech from a gesturally-specified lexicon.
My current research involves development of the gestural model and its application to three broad problems. (1) Phonological encoding in speech production. The nature of the representations assembled during speech production are investigated experimentally, including measurement of articulatory activity during speech errors. (2) The emergence of phonological structure. Research includes the analysis of infant and child behavior and modeling the growth of phonological structure through the interaction of computational agents. (3) Syllable structure. Syllable structures are modeled as stable modes of inter-gestural coordination. Cross-language empirical studies attempt to find the modes that can occur human languages. Theoretical work attempts to understand these modes and their variability.