Janet Pierrehumbert

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Janet Pierrehumbert
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Fields Phonology, Phonetics, Cognitive Science
Institutions University of Oxford, Northwestern, AT&T Bell Labs
Alma mater MIT, Harvard
Doctoral advisor Morris Halle
Notable awards Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Guggenheim Fellowship

Janet Pierrehumbert /pɪərˈhʌmbərt/ is Professor of Language Modeling in the Oxford e-Research Centre at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford.[1] Previously, she was a professor of linguistics at Northwestern University. Her research uses experimental and computational methods to study the sound structure of language. She developed an intonational model which includes a grammar of intonation patterns and an explicit algorithm for calculating pitch contours in speech, as well as an account of intonational meaning.[2][3] It has been widely influential in speech technology, psycholinguistics, and theories of language form and meaning.[4] She is also one of the founders of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, an interdisciplinary initiative to develop advanced scientific methods for studying language sound structure.

Pierrehumbert is also affiliated with the New Zealand Institute of Language Brain and Behaviour at the University of Canterbury. Her current research uses on-line experiments and agent-based modeling of speaker populations to model the dynamics of the lexicon in individuals and populations. She has held visiting appointments at Stanford University, Oxford, the Royal Institute of Technology, ENST, École Normale Supérieure, and Stockholm University. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996,[5] and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,[6] the Linguistic Society of America,[7] and the Cognitive Science Society.[8] She held the Edward Sapir Professorship[9] at the 2013 Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute hosted by the University of Michigan.[10]

Pierrehumbert is married to Raymond Pierrehumbert, Halley Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford.

References and publications[edit]

  1. ^ "Janet Pierrehumbert". Trinity College, Oxford. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  2. ^ Pierrehumbert, J. B. The phonology and phonetics of English intonation. PhD thesis, MIT. Distributed 1988, Indiana University Linguistics Club.
  3. ^ Pierrehumbert, J. B. and Mary E. Beckman (1988) Japanese Tone Structure, Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 15, MIT Press, Cambridge. ISBN 978-0-262-66063-1
  4. ^ "Janet B. Pierrehumbert". Google Scholar. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  5. ^ "Janet B. Pierrehumbert". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  6. ^ "American Academy Announces 2004 Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  7. ^ "LSA Fellows By Name". Linguistic Society of America. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  8. ^ "Fellows of the Cognitive Science Society". Cognitive Science Society. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  9. ^ "Edward Sapir Professorship (formerly the LSA Professorship)". Linguistic Society of America. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  10. ^ Queen, Robin; Coetzee, Andries. "Report on the 2013 Linguistic Institute" (PDF). Linguistic Society of America. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 

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