The Phonology and Field Research Laboratory (PhonoLab) is located in the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science, Room 130 and 130A, Psychology Building Addition, Busch Campus [map and directions].

The Phonolab houses equipment for investigating the phonological module and other cognitive modules that interface with it. The phonological module is responsible for manipulating symbols that are ultimately realized as speech sounds [more ...]. The equipment can also be used for recording and analyzing speech for research in other areas of cognitive science.

The director of the Phonolab is Professor Paul de Lacy. Professor de Lacy is an associate professor in the Linguistics Department.

Since its founding in 2004, the PhonoLab has become a hub for research in linguistics and the cognitive sciences. The Phonolab's equipment and expertise has been used in research in fields as diverse as Linguistics, Psychology, French, and Biomedical Engineering. It has been used by numerous faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate researchers [link]. The Phonolab itself has had 30 research undergraduate students who have produced transcriptions, databases, conference talks and posters, and award-winning theses.

The links to the right have more information about the lab. If you want to find out what the symbols in the title mean, click on the title.


Current research

Paul de Lacy is on sabbatical this semester. He will be conducting fieldwork on Nevisian (a creole spoken in Nevis, St Kitts & Nevis, West Indies) with Prof Patrik Bye (Nord University). He will also be finishing a book on glossolalia.

Shu-hao Shih is working on his dissertation on sonority-driven stress.

Luca Iacoponi is writing his dissertation on the formal properties of phonological relations, focusing on consonant and vowel harmony. His supervisors are Adam Jardine and Paul de Lacy.

Eileen Blum is working on the phonology and acoustic phonetics of stress in Munster Irish.

Chris Oakden is working on tone in Nanjing.

Paul de Lacy will give a talk on quality of phonological evidence at Delaware University in March 2017.


Research Spotlight: Nevisian Fieldwork

Paul de Lacy and Patrik Bye (Nord University, Bodø, Norway) are working on describing the Nevisian dialect of Leeward Islands Caribbean Creole. Their second field trip was from December 2016 to January 2017 on the island of Nevis. They collected documents written in Nevisian, with the help of the Nevis Archives and Nevis Public Library. They also worked with native speakers of Nevisian, eliciting data and performing acoustic experiments to determine the phonology of the language, as well as fundamentals of its morphology and syntax. Bye and de Lacy intend their work on Nevisian to be a long-term committment, with multiple field trips planned for the next several years.


For information about the Phonolab or to use its equipment, please contact Professor de Lacy at