Kevin M. RyanAssistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, Harvard University.
As a phonologist, I study the patterning of speech sounds in human languages and verbal arts. My current research aims to model prosodic systems (the organizing constituents of speech), including the syllable/interval, metrical phonology (stress and poetic meter), and sandhi (junctural) phenomena, drawing mainly on the statistical analysis of speech/textual corpora and experimentation. Though the goal is to illuminate general properties of the language faculty, I often work with South Asian languages, both Indic and Dravidian.
- 2014-5 academic year: I'm on sabbatical, living in Bangalore in the fall and Munich in the spring (as a Humboldt Fellow).
- Jan 28: Presenting “Weak triggers and gang effects in Sanskrit retroflex harmony” at OCP12, Barcelona.
- March 20: Invited presentation “Expected frequencies in verse” at The Structure of Verse: Formal, Experimental and Computational Approaches, Leiden.
- July 20-31: Teaching “Corpus Phonology” at the LSA Summer Institute, Chicago.
- I'll be back at Harvard starting September 2015.