USC Phonetics and Phonology Group

What does the USC Phonetics & Phonology Group do?

We study how the sound patterns of languages shape the form of words and phrases (phonology)


What the articulatory, acoustic, and perceptual characteristics of those sounds are and how they are produced and processed (phonetics).

Recent News

Spring 2019

Congratulations to Shrikanth Narayanan who as been inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering for his "pioneering contributions to behavioral informatics and applications to mental health, and to real-time magnetic resonance imaging of speech production."
Congrats to Shri Narayanan for receiving the 2019 USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research.

Fall 2018

Congrats to Shri Narayanan and Reed Blaylock for the featuring of SPAN work on beatboxing utilizing real-time MRI in The New York Times, Popular Science, and Business Times.
This past week at 176th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Victoria, Canada (Nov 5-9): Hayeun Jang presented "Contribution of the tongue tip retraction in the articulation of high vowels", Mairym Llorens presented "Distributional patterning of reflex cough during telephone conversations", Miran Oh, Shri Narayanan, Louis Goldstein and Dani Byrd presented "Enriching the Understanding of Glottalic Consonant Production: Vertical Larynx Movement in Hausa Ejectives and Implosives", Brooke Kidner presented "Belching as a non-lexical speech object: Evidence from pop-culture", Chloe Gfeller presented "Positional allophony in ejective stops: a case study of Georgian", Samantha Gordon Danner presented "Hand gesture density in prosodically important speech regions" and "Assessing multimodal speech-gesture coordination: correlation map analysis for signal comparison," and alumna Cynthia Lee and Louis Goldstein presented "The role of vertical larynx movement in the tense-lax contrast of Seoul Korean stops across phrasal position."
Miran Oh has been selected as the Acoustical Society of American Speech Communication Technical Area Student Council Representative from November 9 2018 through the Fall 2020 meeting.
Brian Smith has joined the Dept. of Linguistics, USC Dornsife College, as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow for 2018-2019.

Summer 2018

Sarah Harper presented a talk at LabPhon 16 in Portugal entitled "Quantifying labial, palatal and pharyngeal contributions to rhotic F3 lowering" coauthored with Louis Goldstein and Shri Narayanan, for which she received an IPA Student Award.
Cynthia Yoonjeong Lee has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Scholar in UCLA's Department of Head and Neck Surgery.

Spring 2018

Professor Shri Narayanan has won the 2018 Viterbi School of Engineering Senior Research Award.
Dr. Samantha Gordon Danner will be (re)joining the department as a Postdoctoral Scholar beginning May 1. She will be working in the Phonetics Laboratory focusing on the area of prosody and articulatory timing.
The USC Department of Linguistics will be hosting the Southern California Meeting in Phonology (SCAMP) on April 7, 2018.
Cynthia Lee has successfully defended her dissertation entitled "The Prosodic Substrate of Consonant and Tone Dynamics."
Reed Blaylock has been selected to receive a USC University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.
Mairym Llorens Monteserín won first place in the Speech Communication student poster competition at the New Orleans Acoustical Society of American meeting for her poster "Verbal tic grouping and duration in the speech of a person with Tourette's."
Welcome to Assistant Professor Stephanie Shih who has joined our USC Linguistics Department and PhonGroup.
Khalil Iskarous has been appointed Associate Editor at Language starting January 2018.

Summer and Fall 2017

The SoCal Hearing Research Meeting will be at UC Riverside on Saturday, September 23 from 8:30am–5pm. Further info can be found at .
Ben Parrell has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Peter Guekguezian has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester.
Brian Hsu is now a postdoctoral scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Samantha Gordon Danner has successfully defended her dissertation "Effects of communicative task on the relation between vocal tract and manual gestures."
Khalil Iskarous has been promoted to Associate Professor of Linguistics with tenure.
Shri Narayanan has been appointed the Niki & C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering.
The Proceedings for AMP 2016, held at USC in October 2016, have now been published by the LSA:, and the editors for the proceedings were Charlie O'Hara, Caitlin Smith, Karen Jesney and Rachel Walker.