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Will Styler

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - University of Michigan Linguistics

About Me

I’m a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan Department of Linguistics, working with Jelena Krivokapic on Electromagnetic Articulography, as well as with Pam Beddor and Andries Coetzee on a National Science Foundation grant.

My research specialization is in acoustic phonetics and speech perception, with a strongly technical and computational approach, using computer modeling and machine learning to better understand how humans perceive and understand language. My main focus has been on the perception of vowel quality and vowel nasality in the face of limited context and high variability, but I’m also interested in natural language processing and other forms of extracting meaningful linguistic signal from incredible noise.

I also love teaching, and I’ve been instructor-of-record for both undergraduate and graduate Phonetics courses at the University of Colorado, along with plenty of guest lectures and workshops. I truly love sharing the joy (and pain) of Language with students of all levels, and hope to be able to continue teaching and advising students throughout my career.

As side projects, I’m the author of Using Praat for Linguistic Research, a free textbook on phonetic analysis with the Praat software suite, the author of a large repository of Praat scripts, and the maintainer of the EnronSent email corpus and the (occasional) writer of language articles, most of which are posted here. If you have questions about any of these things, please do send me an email.

In my free time, I write fiction, write and share terrible puns, play the Hammered Dulcimer, work with computers and open-source software, and attend to all creatures small and fuzzy.

Please feel free to use the navigation links at the top of this page for more information about me and my research, and have a wonderful day.

Contact Information

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