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Department of Linguistics

Department of Linguistics, Cornell Univeristy Cornell Univeristy Cornell Univeristy Department of Linguistics

Sam Tilsen


Sam Tilsen - Assistant Professor 



Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (2009), 216 Morrill Hall, 255-5110

[CV]  Cornell Phonetics Lab

Speech Imaging Group

Cornell Linguistics Outreach


My research investigates the dance of the tongue, lips, and jaw--the motions of the speech articulators. Speech movements are quick, fluid, overlapping, and coordinated. They interact with the transient rhythms of speech and provide a basis for the emergence of linguistic systems. By observing the spatial and temporal effects of perturbations of speech motor planning, we can gain insight into how linguistic systems are represented cognitively. One of my main interests is in how articulatory, rhythmic, and prosodic systems interact--these interactions constrain and inform our theories of the prosodic hierarchy. I am also interested in the interplay between motor and sensory representations in working and long-term memory, as well as their respective contributions to sound change. My theoretical approach is based upon dynamical modeling of interactions between articulatory and prosodic systems during the planning and production of speech.

Selected Publications