Kevin M. Ryan
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.
- April 3, 2017: “Onset vs. rime effects in phrasal weight.” MIT Phonology Circle.
- October, 2016: “Stress-modulated quantitative meter.” Annual Meeting on Phonology (at USC).
- October, 2016, with Laura McPherson: “Grammatical factors in Tommo So tone-tune mapping.” Annual Meeting on Phonology (at USC).
- March 28, 2016: “Strictness functions in meter.” MIT. [handout]
- Feb 1, 2016: “Sanskrit nati: phonetics, morphoprosody, origin, and fate.” Harvard IEW. [handout]
- July 20-31, 2015: Taught “Corpus Phonology” at the LSA Summer Institute, Chicago.
- June 24, 2015: “Investigating Rigvedic word order in metrically neutral contexts,” with Dieter Gunkel, Vienna.
- March 20, 2015: “Expected frequencies in verse,” Invited speaker, The Structure of Verse: Formal, Experimental and Computational Approaches, Leiden.
- Jan 28, 2015: “Weak triggers and gang effects in Sanskrit retroflex harmony,” OCP12, Barcelona.
- 2014-15 academic year: I was on sabbatical in Bangalore and Munich (as a Humboldt Fellow).