Kevin Ryan

Kevin Ryan

Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Harvard University
Kevin Ryan
Kevin M. Ryan is Assistant Professor of Linguistics specializing in phonology, which concerns the patterning of speech sounds and sound-related phenomena in human languages and verbal arts. His research seeks to model phonological distributions in corpora and in experimental data with a view to illuminating the underlying properties of the human language faculty. His 2011 UCLA dissertation, "Gradient weight in phonology," addresses the universal properties of weight scales (for example, a continuum of syllable weight is evident in the degrees to which different syllable types attract stress in a language such as English). Much of this research falls under what might be termed microprosody, concerning the metrical, rhythmic/timing, and pitch properties of syllables and other low-level prosodic structure. He has also published in morphology, particularly affix ordering and formal learnability.

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