Kevin Tang




Office: Dow Hall (370 Temple St.; map) Rm. 306, New Haven, CT, USA

Mailing Address: Dept. of Linguistics, Yale University, P.O. Box 208366, New Haven, CT, 06520-8366

Skype: kevin.tang.cantab
Twitter: @tang_kevin



Dr. Kevin Tang received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from University College London in 2015 under the mentorship of Prof. Andrew Nevins. He also holds an M.Eng. and a B.A. in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He is currently a postdoctoral associate in the Yale Linguistics department, working with Prof. Ryan Bennett on the phonetics and phonology of Kaqchikel (Mayan). Following the tradition of laboratory phonology, Dr. Tang focuses on experimental phonology with an emphasis on how linguistic contrasts are conditioned by lexical knowledge. Specifically, he examines the extent to which speakers and listeners utilize their prior experiences in speech production and perception as well as in the phonologization of statistical patterns. Some of his work integrates phonological theory with interdisciplinary areas outside of linguistics, such as speech pathology and law. Methodologically, he leverages linguistic intuition, language processing, as well as naturally occurring data to address theoretical questions and to develop resources that have clear real-world applications, such as speech recognition models, disfluency diagnostic toolkits, and language documentation of minority languages.

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