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

Huteng's thinking

I'm a 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) and UCI Language Processing Group.

I work on theoretical phonology and its interfaces through the lens of computational and experimental methods, with which we can accurately define our questions and actively test our hypotheses. 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 Rutgers Phonology and Phonetics Research Group (PhonX). In 2018, I founded the Beijing P-side Group (BJPS) [Chinese Portal].

Research interests

Theoretical and methodological:
  • Phonology and its interfaces, especially phonetics and morphology
  • Output-driven optimization-based models, eg. Maximum Entropy and Stochastic Harmonic Grammar
  • Computational linguistics with Formal Language Theory, Information Theory, and Machine Learning
  • Laboratory phonetics and phonology
  • Phonological similarity
  • Harmony (long-distance agreement)
  • Tone and Prosody


Recent activities:

  • 2020 Sept., AMP 2020: Talk "Learning nonlocal phonotactics in Strictly Piecewise phonotactic model" [Slides][Abstract].
  • 2020 July-August: We are hosting biweekly virtual summer reading group on "Computational Learning Theory" at MathLing. Subscribe our mailing list for the reminder!
  • 2020 June: I finished, defended, and submitted my first Qualifying Paper "Learning non-local phonotactics in Strictly Piecewise language model", co-chaired by Adam Jardine and Bruce Tesar.