Christopher Geissler

Phonetics, phonology, teaching

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About me

I am a phonetician and phonologist currently serving as a postdoctoral researcher in English Language & Linguistics at Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany (English, German), as part of the Speech, Language, and Modeling Lab. In this role, I have been teaching courses in English Linguistics, applying for grants, setting up laboratory infrastructure, and researching the relationship between probabilistic reduction and articulatory phonetics.

I completed my Ph.D. at Yale University’s Department of Linguistics and its Phonetics Laboratory, with a dissertation on the role of tone in articulatory timing in Tibetan as spoken in diaspora. I am interested in the temporal representation of articulatory gestures, and more generally the relationships between tones and segments, language contact, sound change, and anything related to Tibetan.

To these ends, I have used a variety of methods, including field interviews, corpus methods, acoustic phonetics, and experiments with Electromagnetic Articulography (EMA). More recently, I have been working with articulatory synthesis in TADA and VocalTractLab, and have been collaborating on language-modeling projects involving probabilistic reduction.

Teaching is just as important to me as research. It is a great joy, and a great challenge. I approach teaching as a skill that requires continual development like any other, and I am a member of the Special Interest Group in Scholarly Teaching of the Linguistic Society of America.