Department of Linguistics, Rutgers University
18 Seminary Pl, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1184, USA

Huteng's thinking

I'm a second year PhD student at the Rutgers Department of Linguistics. My name is Huteng Dai (xu˨˩.tʰəŋ˧˥.tai˥˨; or Dai Huteng 戴虎腾 in Chinese order. Fun fact: my name literally means 'tiger is soaring/jumping').

My research interests center on phonology and its interfaces. I am also working on computational linguistics, especially the works by Delaware school. My recent projects investigate phonological gradience, formal language theory, information theory, and machine learning.

I am a member of Rutgers Computational Linguistics Lab, and currently a student organizer of MathLing and Rutgers Phonology and Phonetics Research Group. In 2018, I founded the Beijing P-side Group (BJPS) [Chinese Portal].

Research interests

Broad: Phonology, Phonetics, Typology, Computation
  • Phonology and its interfaces, especially phonetics and morphology
  • Phonological typology
  • Computational linguistics, especially computational phonology
  • Phonetics and Laboratory Phonology
  • Formal language theory
  • Information-theoretic approach to linguistics
  • Optimization-based models: Maximum Entropy Model, and Noisy Harmonic Grammar in general
  • Consonant harmony, especially laryngeal harmony
  • Tone, especially tone sandhi, and Prosody in general
  • Historical Chinese phonology


Recent activities:

  • 2019 Fall: Working on my first Qualifying Paper "Learning non-local phonotactics: a comparison between MLE and MaxEnt", co-chaired by Adam Jardine and Bruce Tesar.
  • Jan. 2020, SCiL 2020: Talk (with Richard Futrell) "Information-theoretic Characterization of Subregular Hierarchy" in Workshop on Formal Language Theory in Linguistics. [manuscript][code]
  • Jan. 2020, LSA 2020: Poster "Lezgian laryngeal harmony and gradient symbolic representation"