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.
- Sep. 21. “Against final indifference.” Invited talk, M@90, MIT. [slides.pdf]
- Nov. 9. “Onset weight, word weight, & the perceptual interval.” Invited talk, Phonology 2013, UMass, Amherst.
- Nov. 13. “Prosodic weight beyond the rime.” Invited talk, Ling Lang Lunch, Brown.
- c. Jan. 7. “Inter-pāda phonotactics in R̥gvedic composition.” 6th International Vedic Workshop, Kozhikode, India.
- Jan. 17. “Phonological weight of suprasyllabic constituents.” Invited talk, CUNY Conference on Weight in Phonology & Phonetics, New York City.