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Meg Cychosz


NIH-NIDCD Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Maryland, College Park

I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences and the Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing at the University of Maryland. I received my PhD in Linguistics from UC Berkeley in August of 2020.


My research specialization is in phonetics and speech development. Specifically, how speech variation is constrained across the lifespan, including:

  • Developmentally. How do children master complex phonetic patterns during periods of rapid anatomical change?
  • Cross-linguistically. How is phonetic variation encoded across different languages?
  • Experientially. How does sensory deprivation affect speech patterning?

To address these questions, I combine classic methods in linguistic phonetics such as in-situ fieldwork, articulatory modeling, and acoustic measurement, with newer approaches such as crowdsourcing, eye-tracking, and the analysis of largescale, natualistic speech databases.

In my work, I often use children as model systems because they undergo tremendous physiological and cognitive changes within a very short period of time, making them ideal testing grounds for theories of phonetic variation, learning, and change.

Recent news

  • My paper "Language exposure predicts children’s phonetic patterning: Evidence from language shift" has been accepted to Language pending minor revisions.
  • I will be giving a talk entitled "Language exposure and the development of phonological working memory" at the 2022 LSA in Washington D.C.
  • I will be co-organizing a symposium with Katie Franich entitled "Suitcase Phonetics: Creating a portable phonetics laboratory" at the 2022 LSA in Washington D.C.

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email: mcychosz at umd dot edu