Hi! 你好!

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Kansas. My research involves phonetics and psycholinguistics . I am interested in observing sound change through synchronic variation, especially in Chinese languages.

Currently I am working crosslinguistically on English, Mandarin, and my mother tongue, Eastern Min (Fuzhou) . By acoustic and perceptual analysis, we found the acoustic cues that robustly distinguished [n] from [l], and are testing the cues involved in the [n~l] merger.

I am affliated to the Phonetics and Psycholinguistics Laboratory.
Here is my complete CV .

Education

2019 - Now Ph. D. in Linguistics
  University of Kansas, United States
2017 - 2019 M. A. in Linguistics
  University of Kansas, United States
2019 LSA Linguistic Institute
  UC Davis, California, United States
2013 - 2017 B. A. in Chinese Language
  Fudan University, Shanghai, China
2015 - 2016 Exchange Student
  University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Research

Publication :
Cheng, R. (2017). 福建闽侯方言的疑问句研究 ; (The Interrogative System of Minhou Min). In H. Tao (eds.), 《汉语方言疑问范畴研究》(The Study of Interrogative System of Chinese Dialects). Zhongxi Book Company, Shanghai, China.

Presentations :
Cheng, R. and Jongman, A. (2019). Acoustic Analysis of Nasal and Lateral Consonants: The merger in Eastern Min, Chinese Dialect Typology Symposium. Xiamen University, Xiamen, China.

Cheng, R. and Jongman, A. (2019). Acoustic and Perceptual Analysis of Nasal and Lateral Consonants: The merger in Eastern Min, Poster Session in LSA Linguistic Institute. Davis, California, USA.

Cheng, R. (2019). Measuring a Sound Change: The [n~l] case in Fuzhou, First 3-Min-Thesis (3MT) in LSA Linguistic Institute. Davis, California, USA.

Cheng, R. and Jongman, A. (2019). Acoustic Analysis of Nasal and Lateral Consonants: The merger in Eastern Min, 177th Meeting of the Acosutical Society of America. Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Professional Experience

2017 - Now Teaching Assistant, Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas
  LING 110: Language and Mind
  LING 305: Phonetics I
2016 - 2017 Research Assistant, Dept. of Chinese Language and Literature, Fudan University
  Assisted Prof. Huan Tao by translation and word-list revision for a sociolinguistic study of Shanghainese.

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