I’m a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan, in the Department of Linguistics. My research specialization is Acoustic and Articulatory Phonetics, focusing on the perception of oral and nasal vowels with limited context and high variability, but I live a double life, working extensively in computational processing of medical records and language as well. Simply put, vowels bring me joy, computers bring me joy, and any confluence is a bonus.
Teaching is one of my greatest passions, and I've taught both undergraduate and graduate Phonetics courses at the University of Colorado (along with plenty of guest lectures and workshops). Nothing is more pleasing to me than finding a wonderful new analogy for a concept which just "clicks" for my students, and despite the occasional speedbump, I truly love sharing the joy of language (and of teaching) with students of all levels.
I've been involved with several large medical record annotation grants with Dr. Martha Palmer at the University of Colorado, for which I did annotation schema design and documentation, annotator supervision, and annotation workflow design. In addition, I'm working on data analysis, Praat scripting and Python programming for Drs. Pam Beddor and Andries Coetzee, as well as for Dr. Rebecca Scarborough at the University of Colorado Phonetics Lab.
As a side project, I’m also the maintainer of the EnronSent email corpus, a cleaned subset of data from the Enron corpus of email, as well as the author of Using Praat for Linguistic Research, a free textbook on phonetic analysis with the Praat software. If you have questions about either of these things, please do send me an email.
In my free time, I write fiction, play the Hammered Dulcimer, work with computers and open-source software, and watch the cute little birds on my patio. I also maintain (when I have time) a language blog, Notes from a Linguistic Mystic.
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.
Legal Name: William F. Styler IV
Contact Email: contact (at) savethevowels (dot) org - (I'll reply from my "real" address.)
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Mailing: University of Colorado Linguistics Department, 295 UCB, Boulder CO 80309-0295