Wei-Rong Chen, Ph.D.

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300 George Street, Suite 900, New Haven, CT 06511-6624
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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 the acoustic outputs and perceptual consequences. Recent studies explore consonant-vowel (Chen, Chang & Iskarous 2015) and tone-vowel coarticulation (Shaw et al. 2016), and Mandarin vowel acquisition by American English learners. In previous studies, I have utilized a wide range of experimental techniques, including Electromagnetic Articulometry (EMA), 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 and make accurate predictions; current achievements include building deep neural network models for American English vowels (Whalen, Tiede & Chen 2016) and Mixtec allophonic variations (DiCanio et al 2017).

Representative Publications:

- Whalen, D. H., & Chen, Wei-Rong. (2019). Variability and Central Tendencies in Speech Production. Frontiers in Communication, 4(49). doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2019.00049

- Chen, W., 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. 

- Derrick, D., Carignan, C., Chen, W., 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

- Whalen, D. H., Chen, Wei-Rong, Tiede, Mark K., & Nam, Hosung. (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

- Chen, Wei-rong, Chang, Yueh-chin, Best, Catherine T., & Derrick, Donald. (2015). Super-imposing maxillary and palatal locations for electroarticulometry: a SIMPLE method. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 123( 2), EL161-EL166.

- Chen, Wei-rong, Chang, Yueh-chin, & Iskarous, Khalil. (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

- DiCanio, Christian T., Chen, Wei-Rong, Benn, Joshua, Amith, Jonathan D., & García, Rey Castillo. (2017). Automatic detection of extreme stop allophony in Mixtec spontaneous speech. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP), New York, NY, USA.

- Shaw, Jason A., Chen, Wei-rong, Proctor, Michael I., & Derrick, Donald. (2016). Influences of Tone on Vowel Articulation in Mandarin Chinese. Journal of speech, language, and hearing research, 59(6), S1566-S1574. doi:10.1044/2015_JSLHR-S-15-0031

- Whalen, Douglas H., Tiede, Mark, & Chen, Wei-rong. (2016). Prediction of articulator positions from subsets of natural variability. Paper presented at the The 15th Conference on Laboratory Phonology (LabPhon15), Ithaca, NY.