Kevin M. Ryan
- Associate Professor
- Head Tutor/Director of Undergraduate Studies
- 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 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: “Weak triggers and gang effects in Sanskrit retroflex harmony,” OCP12, Barcelona.
- March 20: “Expected frequencies in verse,” The Structure of Verse: Formal, Experimental and Computational Approaches, Leiden.
- June 24: “Investigating Rigvedic word order in metrically neutral contexts,” with Dieter Gunkel, Vienna.
- July 20-31: Teaching “Corpus Phonology” at the LSA Summer Institute, Chicago. (course webpage here)
- I'll be back at Harvard in September 2015.