Eileen Blum

Rutgers University
Linguistics Department
18 Seminary Place New Brunswick, NJ 08901
curriculum vitae

About Me

I am a third year PhD student in the linguistics department at Rutgers University.
I am mainly interested in acoustic phonetics and experimental phonology, and I am currently exploring computational phonology for my second qualifying paper.

Current Project

This semester I finished my first qualifying paper and I am now beginning work on my second qualifying paper. Following Jardine (2017), QP2 aims to evaluate the locality of multi-tiered autosegmental representations using forbidden substructure constraints for surface representations of Vowel Harmony patterns.
QP committee: Adam Jardine -chair, Bruce Tesar, Simon Charlow

Recent Papers

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


  • 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)