Ryan Gehrmann

PhD Linguistics & English Language

  • Linguistics and English Language
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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MA in Linguistics (2016)

Payap University, Thailand

            Thesis title: ‘The West Katuic languages: comparative phonology and diagnostic tools’

            Committee: Larin Adams, Phinnarat Akharawatthanakun, Phanintra Teeranon (Chair)

BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures (2009)

University of Delaware, USA

            Concentration: German, Russian & Italian

Research summary

Austroasiatic languages (primarily of the Katuic and Bahnaric sub-groups), comparative phonology, historical linguistics and the theoretical modeling of registrogenesis & tonogenesis

Current research interests

My PhD research is concerned with the emergence of vowel phonation and tone as phonological features in the Kuay language (< Katuic < Austroasiatic). The two main goals of this study are 1) to investigate the differences in the acoustic features which mark the register-tone phenomenon in a broad subset of Kuay dialects and 2) to discover the conditioning environment(s) which led to the emergence of these features in the first place.