PhD in Linguistics

Yuting Guo

Yuting Guo, 2020

My research focuses on the acquisition of second language speech sounds, both in perception and production. My research has included a variety of speech phenomenon from the prosody of a second language (e.g., speech rate variation in read and spontaneous speech, pausing patterns) to individual segments (e.g., coda and onset stops). My dissertation examines production and perception of laryngeal contrasts in Mandarin and English by Mandarin speakers. The study at Mason has prepared me to start the next chapter of my life. I have joined Amazon as a Language Data Researcher. Our team helps to improve the quality of conversation between customers and Alexa. I conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses to elevate the customer experience, evaluate current conventions and pilot new processes to support expansion to new data areas.