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. The assistant director is Shu-hao Shih; he is a graduate student 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.

Research Opportunities

Phonolab RA positions are currently being filled for Spring 2018. Linguistics Majors and Minors and those who have taken 615:451 Phonetics are welcome to apply (Email with your CV and a brief statement about why you would like to do phonological research).

This semester (Fall 2017)

Shu-hao Shih is working on sonority-driven stress, and supervising 6 students.

Jessyca Campos is working on lexical stress in L2 speakers of Spanish.

Luca Iacoponi is working on surface correspondence.

Megan Kenny is working on prosody in autistic speech.

Chris Oakden is working on Lithuanian prosody.

Eileen Blum is working on Munster Irish stress.

Hazel Mitchley is working on metrically-conditioned tone.

Francisco Orejarena is working on Nevisian phonology.



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