Eileen Blum

Rutgers University
Linguistics Department
18 Seminary Place New Brunswick, NJ 08901
eileen.blum@rutgers.edu
curriculum vitae

About Me

I am a fourth year PhD student in the linguistics department at Rutgers University. I am mainly interested in computational phonology, and I have an ongoing experimental phonology project as well.
Outside of academia, I also enjoy working with horses and medieval armored combat. I have ridden and trained off-the-track thoroughbreds in the hunter/jumper discipline for over ten years. In the year before I started grad school I began to learn heavy armored combat in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) and I soon discovered that I love to fight with pole weapons, particularly glaive and axe.

Current Project

My next endeavor will be to propose my dissertation. I plan to continue the work I started with QP2 in which I explore the computational properties of multi-tiered ARs of vowel harmony from a formal language theoretic perspective.

Recent Papers

  • Blum, Eileen (2018) ; On the locality of vowel harmony over multi-tiered autosegmental representations; Ms. Rutgers University
    My second qualifying paper evaluates the locality of multi-tiered autosegmental representations using forbidden substructure constraints, following Jardine (2017), for surface representations of vowel harmony patterns.
    QP committee: Adam Jardine -chair, Bruce Tesar, Simon Charlow
  • Blum, Eileen (2018) ; Allophony-driven stress in Munster Irish; Ms. Rutgers University
    My first qualifying paper investigates the acoustics of stress in Munster Irish, specifically with regards to syllables containing the vowel-consonant sequence [ax]. I analyzed acoustic data from a single speaker to provide new evidence for metrical theories that have been proposed to account for this dialect's unique stress pattern.
    QP committee: Paul de Lacy -chair, Akinbiyi Akinlabi,
    Adam Jardine, Joseph Casillas -Spanish/Portugese Department
  • Presentations

  • Blum, Eileen; Vowel harmony is local over multi-tiered ARs; North East Computational Phonology (NECPhon), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, November 4, 2018 (slides)
  • Blum, Eileen; Allophony-driven stress in Munster Irish; Phonology of the North East (PhoNE), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, March 31, 2018 (poster)
  • Nick Danis, Eileen Blum, Luca Iacoponi, Hazel Mitchley, & Adam Jardine;
    A computational method for evaluating theories of phonological representation; Chicago Linguistic Society, University of Chicago, May 25-27, 2017 (slides)
  • Blum, Eileen; The acoustics of stressed velar fricatives in Munster Irish; RULing, Rutgers University, May 5, 2017 (slides)
  • Blum, Eileen; Stress in Munster Irish; RULing, Rutgers University, 2016 (slides)