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).

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 MathLing and 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 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". [slides][code]
  • 2020 March, WCCFL 2020: Poster with Wenyue Hua and Adam Jardine "A subregular approach to the problem of learning underlying representations". [poster]
  • 2020 Spring: Working on my first Qualifying Paper "Learning non-local phonotactics with Strictly Piecewise language model", co-chaired by Adam Jardine and Bruce Tesar.