Wei-Rong Chen, Ph.D.

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  • Associate Research Scientist,

              Child Study Center, School of Medicine, Yale University

  • Research Scientist,

              Haskins Laboratories




Ph.D., Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, 2015

(Dissertation Title: Articulation and Coarticulation in Taiwan Mandarin)

Research Interest

My research interests have mainly focused on the interactions among consonant, vowel and tone in speech production and perception.  In previous studies, I have utilized a wide range of experimental techniques, including Electromagnetic Articulometry (EMA), ultrasound,  Electroglottography (EGG), laryngoscopy, palatography, linguography, and aerodynamic measurement of nasal-oral airflow. My current research concentrates on training computational and statistical models in order to explore the underlying patterns in speech and behavioral data.

Representative Publications:

Journal Articles: 

[14] D. H. Whalen, W.-R. Chen, C. H. Shadle and S. A. Fulop. (2022). Formants are easy to measure; resonances, not so much: Lessons from Klatt (1986)The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 152 (2), 933-941. doi:10.1121/10.0013410

[13] DiCanio, C., Chen, W.-R., Benn, J., Amith, J. D., & Castillo García, R. (2022). Extreme stop allophony in Mixtec spontaneous speech: Data, word prosody, and modelling. Journal of Phonetics, 92, 101147. doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2022.101147

[12] Roon, K. D., Chen, W.-R., Iwasaki, R., Kang, J., Kim, B., Shejaeya, G., … Whalen, D. H. (2022). Comparison of auto-contouring and hand-contouring of ultrasound images of the tongue surface. Clinical linguistics & phonetics, 1-20. doi:10.1080/02699206.2021.1998633

[11] Hui, T. F., Cox, S. R., Huang, T., Chen, W.-R., & Ng, M. L. (2021). The Effect of Clear Speech on Cantonese Alaryngeal Speakers’ Intelligibility. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica. doi: 10.1159/000517676    PDF

[10] Chen, W.-R., Whalen, D. H., & Tiede, M. K. (2021). A dual mechanism for intrinsic f0. Journal of Phonetics, 87, 101063. doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2021.101063    PDF

[9] Cox Steven, R., McNicholl, K., Shadle Christine, H., & Chen, W.-R. (2020). Variability of Electrolaryngeal Speech Intelligibility in Multitalker Babble. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 29(4), 2012-2022. doi:10.1044/2020_AJSLP-20-00092  

[8] Shaw, J. A., & Chen, W.-R.  (2019). Spatially Conditioned Speech Timing: Evidence and Implications. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(2726). doi: http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02726    PDF

[7] Whalen, D. H., & Chen, W.-R.  (2019). Variability and Central Tendencies in Speech Production. Frontiers in Communication, 4(49). doi: http://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2019.00049   PDF

[6] Chen, W.-R. , Whalen, D. H., & Shadle, C. H. (2019). F0-induced formant measurement errors result in biased variabilities. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145(5), EL360-EL366. doi:http://doi.org/10.1121/1.5103195    PDF

[5] Derrick, D., Carignan, C., Chen, W.-R. , Shujau, M., & Best, C. T. (2018). Three-dimensional printable ultrasound transducer stabilization system. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144(5), EL392-EL398 doi:https//doi.org/10.1121/1.5066350    PDF

[4] Whalen, D. H., Chen, W.-R. , Tiede, M. K., & Nam, H. (2018). Variability of articulator positions and formants across nine English vowels. Journal of Phonetics, 68, 1-14. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wocn.2018.01.003    PDF

[3] Shaw, J. A., Chen, W.-R. , Proctor, M. I., & Derrick, D. (2016). Influences of Tone on Vowel Articulation in Mandarin Chinese. Journal of speech, language, and hearing research, 59(6), S1566-S1574. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1044/2015_JSLHR-S-15-0031     PDF

[2] Chen, W.-R. , Chang, Y.-C., Best, C. T., & Derrick, D. (2015). Super-imposing maxillary and palatal locations for electroarticulometry: a SIMPLE method. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 123( 2), EL161-EL166. doi: https://doi.org/10.1121/1.4927634    PDF

[1] Chen, W.-R. , Chang, Y.-C., & Iskarous, K. (2015). Vowel coarticulation: Landmark statistics measure vowel aggression. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 138(2), 1221-1232. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4928307    PDF