Kevin M. Ryan

Image of Kevin Ryan Assistant 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.

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Background: a Lanna manuscript I picked up in Chiang Mai.