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Louis Goldstein

Professor of Linguistics

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 821-4150
Office: GFS 301G



Ph.D. Linguistics, UCLA, 9/1977
B.A. Psychology, Brandeis Univerity, 6/1972

Postdoctoral Training

Post-graduate Researcher, Brandeis University, 1978-1979   

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Professor, Yale University, 07/01/1998-06/30/2007  
Associate Professor, Yale University, 07/01/1986-06/30/1990  
Assistant Professor, Yale University, 07/01/1980-06/30/1986  

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Senior Scientist, Haskins Laboratories, 07/01/1980-  
Associate Professor Adjunct, Yale University, 07/01/1990-07/30/1998  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

The central concern of my work has been the development of a gesture-based approach to phonological and phonetic structure, dubbed articulatory phonology. The aim is to develop an explicit dynamical model of the “dance of the tongue,” analyzing the observed motion of the human vocal organs during speech into “steps” (or gestures), and investigating the inventory of such steps that are used in the world’s languages and the range of different dances that languages assemble from these steps. The construction of the dance in a particular language is hypothesized to be central to the cognitive activities surrounding speech, “sound structure,” and reading: acquisition, perception, production, and breakdown in disease. The theoretical approach is incorporated in a computational model that generates speech from a gesturally-specified lexicon. The development includes theoretical work, computational simulation, and empirical experimentation.

Research Specialties

Phonetics Speech Production Articulatory Modeling Dynamical Models

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

Variability and Error in Speech Production (NIH: NIDCD), Louis Goldstein, $2,115,023, 09/01/2007-08/31/2012  
Landmark-based Robust Speech Recognition (NSF), Louis Goldstein, $1,650,000, 06/01/2007-05/31/2010  

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Haskins Laboratories, Senior Scientist,

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

Linguistic Society of America, 07/01/1980-  
Acoustical Society of America, 08/01/1975-  
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