Hi. My name is Yuhong Zhu (朱 宇宏; IPA: [y:.hoŋ ʈʂʷu:]). I’m a second-year PhD student in the Linguistics department at OSU.
(Me, circa 2018)
My primary interest is phonology, especially the interaction between metrical theory and tonal systems. I mainly work with Professor Björn Köhnlein, Professor Brian Joseph, Professor Marjorie Chan, Professor Becca Morley and Professor Cynthia Clopper. Some questions I would want to answer through my work are: What role can phonological stress/prominence play in a system where there is no phonetic correlate of stress? What makes lexical tone systems different from pitch accent systems, or are they different in the first place? Where or when do phonological constituents interface with syntactic ones?
Besides phonological theory, I also work on phonetics and historical linguistics. I study how sound change progresses across generations, and how loanwords participate in sound change after their first introduction into the language.
I am currently working on the tone sandhi patterns of Suzhou, a variety of Northern Wu Chinese.
My favorite English word is “glimpsed”: it is one of the few CCVCCCC words English has, and it ignores the sonority hierarchy.
My second favorite English word is “pentasyllabic”, because it is pentasyllabic.