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'). I'm also affiliated to Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCs).

My research interests center on phonology and its interfaces. I am also working on computational linguistics with formal language theory, information theory, and machine learning. My recent projects focus on phonological similarity, gradience, and non-local phonotactics.

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

Research interests

  • Phonology and its interfaces, especially phonetics and morphology
  • Computational linguistics, especially computational phonology
  • Phonetics and Laboratory Phonology
  • Phonological similarity
  • Output-driven optimization-based theoreis/models: Maximum Entropy and Stochastic Harmonic Grammar
  • Consonant harmony
  • Tone and Prosody


Recent activities:

  • 2020 April, GLOW 43: Talk (with Wenyue Hua, Adam Jardine) "Grammatical Inference of Learning Underlying Representations and a Phonological Grammar".
  • 2020 March, WCCFL 2020: Talk "Gradient similarity in Lezgian laryngeal harmony: representation & computation".
  • 2020 March, WCCFL 2020: Poster with Wenyue Hua and Adam Jardine "A subregular approach to the problem of learning underlying representations".
  • 2020 Feb, BLS Workshop 2020: Talk "Gradient similarity in Lezgian laryngeal harmony: representation & computation".
  • 2020 Spring: Working on my first Qualifying Paper "Learning non-local phonotactics with Maximum Likelihood Estimation", co-chaired by Adam Jardine and Bruce Tesar.