I am a PhD student of the department of linguistics at Rutgers University. My name is Huteng Dai (xu˨˩.tʰəŋ˧˥.tai˥˨; or Dai Huteng 戴虎腾 in Chinese order. Fun fact: my name literally means ‘tigers running at full speed’).
My research interests center on phonology and its interfaces. My current project focuses on what shapes non-categorical (gradient) phonological patterns and how speakers learn these patterns. I am also interested in computational phonology, especially the work by Delaware school and the computability of Optimality Theory and the varieties of Noise Harmonic Grammar. I am very interested in laboratory phonology and phonetics which benefit my work by providing a relatively more fine-grained and dynamic perspective.