Department of Linguistics, Rutgers University
18 Seminary Pl, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1184, USA
huteng.dai[at]rutgers.edu

Huteng's thinking

I'm a PhD candidate 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'). I work on theoretical phonology and its interfaces through the lens of computational and experimental methods. My recent projects investigate how humans learn phonological grammar in the presence of noisy corpus data.

I'm also affiliated with Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCs), Rutgers Computational Linguistics Lab, and UCI Language Processing Group. I am currently a student organizer of Rutgers Phonology and Phonetics Research Group (PhonX). Before my PhD program, I founded the Beijing P-side Group [English Portal].

Research interests

Theoretical and methodological:
  • Computational Learning Theory
  • Typology
  • Formal Language Theory
  • Field methods
  • Information Theory
  • Experimental methods
  • Empirical:
  • Harmony patterns
  • Turkic
  • Similarity
  • Caucasian
  • Tone and prosody
  • Chinese
  • Recent activities:

    • 2023 Spring, I schedule to teach Introduction to Linguistic Theory for Rutgers Honors College;
    • 2022 Oct. 21–23, I am very excited to give my third AMP talk at AMP 2022 @UCLA!
    • 2022 Sept. 22–25, Workshop on Model Theoretic Representations in Phonology: Talk. Huteng Dai. "Learning phonological constraints in the presence of exceptions".
    • 2021 October 1–3, AMP 2021: Talk. Huteng Dai and Richard Futrell. "Learning Phonotactics in a Differentiable Framework of Subregular Languages" [Slides].
    • 2021 August 5, ACL SIGMORPHON 2021: Talk. Huteng Dai and Richard Futrell. "Simple induction of (deterministic) probabilistic finite-state automata for phonotactics by stochastic gradient descent" [Paper].

    Resources: