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There are a number of areas within linguistics that I am particularly excited about. First, as once stated by linguist Mark Liberman, we are in the midst of the “golden age of speech and language science”. Advances in tools such as forced aligners, automatic phonetic measurement, and computational modelling currently allow speech scientists the ability to more easily parse through large speech corpora and derive acoustic measurements. These emerging technologies have led to the birth of what is being termed “corpus phonetics”, which, as a young subfield of linguistics, has the potential to lead to major advancements in the phonetics-phonology interface and phonetic/phonological theory in general.
Second, and along the same lines, corpus phonetics and advances in machine learning and natural language processing are beginning to form a bridge to
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