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Kevin Tang

Research Student

Email: kevin.tang.10@ucl.ac.uk

Principal Supervisor: Andrew Nevins

Subsidary Supervisor: Stuart Rosen

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Research Interests

For my PhD project, I am investigating speech misperception in its most naturalistic form, namely slips of the ear, particularly with English and Chinese languages. I am approaching it statistically, computationally and experimentally. This project covers also a range of areas, such as corpus collection and compilation, psycholinguistics, speech segmentation, constrain models of diachrony with synchronic data and more.

I also have an interest in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Datamining (see my work on Harnessing film subtitles) and Education (see my work on Peer-Learning with PeerWise).

I hold a BA and an MEng in Engineering at the University of Cambridge as well as an MA in Linguistics from University College London. My PhD project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Projects

Publications

Tang, K., & Nevins, A. (2013) Quantifying the Diachronic Productivity of Irregular Verbal Patterns in Romance. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 25. [For the latest version: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/001969]

Tang, K., & Nevins, A. (2013, in press) Measuring Segmental and Lexical Trends in a Corpus of Naturalistic Speech. Proceedings of the 43rd Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society.

Tang, K. (2012) A 61 Million Word Corpus of Brazilian Portuguese Film Subtitles as a Resource for Linguistic Research. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 24. [Link to the corpus]

Conference: Oral Presentations

2014

Tang, K., Lou, Y. Mandarin Chinese Speech Perception in Noise: Phonological Implications. The 11th Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP11), Amsterdam-Leiden, The Netherlands. January 2014.

2013

Tang, K., Green, S., Anyadi, S. When interdisciplinary assists peer-learning: PeerWise at UCL. Higher Education Academy (HEA) STEM: Interdisciplinary show case, BBC Broadcast Centre, London, United Kingdom. November 2013 [slides]

Green, S., Tang, K. The Importance of Peer-Learning: A Case Study on PeerWise. The 1st Internet of Education conference, Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd (K4A) and the Artificial Intelligence Lab, Jožef Stefan Institute. Ljubljana, Slovenia. November 2013.

Tang, K., Mandera, P., Keuleers, E. The OpenLexicons Project - Development and Uses of Subtlex-Corpora for Investigating Sound Symbolism and Brazilian Portuguese. 3rd NetWordS Workshop, Dubrovnik - Centre for Advanced Academic Studies, Croatia. September 2013. [Short Visit Grant received by NetWordS - 09-RNP-089]

Tang, K., Nevins, A., & Becker, M. A 61 Million Word Corpus of Brazilian Portuguese Film Subtitles as a Resource for Linguistic Research: Investigating the (Non-)Role of Token Frequency on Phonology. The 1st PARLAY Conference (PostgraduateAcademic Researchers in Linguistics At York), University of York, York, United Kingdom. September 2013.

Tang, K., Green, S. Implementing a peer learning tool at UCL - Peerwise. UCL: Summits and Horizons: Using technology to give better and faster feedback. University College London, London, United Kingdom. May 2013

Tang, K., Nevins, A., & Becker, M. Prosody drives alternations: evidence from a 61 Million Word Corpus of Brazilian Portuguese. The 10th Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP10), Istanbul, Turkey. January 2013.

2012

Tang, K., Nevins, A. Naturalistic Speech Misperception - a Computational Corpus-based Study. Computational Linguistics Workshop, NELS 43 - the 43rd Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, New York City, NY, The City University of New York, USA. October 2012

Tang, K., Nevins, A. Learning from Mistakes: Computational Modelling of Slips of the Ear. 20th Manchester Phonology Meeting, Manchester, UK. May 2012.

Conference: Poster presentations


2014

Tang, K. & De Chene, B. A New Corpus of Colloquial Korean and its Applications. The 14th Laboratory Phonology Conference (LabPhon 14), Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan. July 2014.

2013

Tang, K., Nevins, A., & Becker, M. Prosody drives alternations: evidence from a 61 Million Word Corpus of Brazilian Portuguese. The 87th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Boston, Massachussetts, USA. January 2013.

Grants and Awards

2013. £150. The Big Data Hackathon – April – Data Science London. Second Prize for the Data Visualization Challenge (in 24 hours): develop a data visualization based on data provided by Peerindex (with Joaquin Atria, Mauricio Figueroa & Tim Schoof) See links for a short report and the final product "Twittrends"

2013. €1415. European Science Foundation Short Visit Grant received by NetWordS - 09-RNP-089, The European Network on Word Structure. Openlexicons project at the Center for Reading Research, Department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium

2012. £2,377.50 Teaching Innovation Grant,  University College London, London. As part of a small interdisciplinary university-wide team to develop and implement the use of the peer-assisted learning package, PeerWise.

Teaching Experience/Responsibilities

Lecturing:

Small Group Teaching:

Supervision:

  • MA dissertation, Carly Morris, MA in Linguistics, 2013 (Co-supervision with Prof. John Harris) The Effect of Alcohol on Consonant Cluster Reduction
  • MA dissertation, Mike Hindley, MA in Linguistics, 2013 (Co-supervision with Prof. Andrew Nevins) A Study into the Effect of Alcohol on L2: Germans Speaking English
  • MA dissertation, Ji Hye Kwon, MA in Linguistics, 2013 (Co-supervision with Prof. Andrew Nevins) The Effect of Alcohol on the L2 Vowels of Korean L1 Speakers
  • MA dissertation, Yan Lou, MA in Linguistics, 2013 (Co-supervision with Prof. Andrew Nevins) Mandarin Chinese Speech Perception in Noise
  • MA dissertation, Yuen Lam, MA in Linguistics, 2013 (Co-supervision with Prof. Andrew Nevins) Slip of the Ear in Mandarin Chinese

Professional Service

Conference reviewer - 1st UCL Graduate Conference in Linguistics.

Editor - UCL Working Papers in Linguistics (Volume 25, 2013)

Organiser of a lab group, Laboratory for Language and Speech Diversions (LLSD), Director: Prof. Andrew Nevins, 2011 - Present

Co-organiser (with Nicholas Neasom) of the UCL Phonology Reading Group 2013 - Present

University Service

Student Academic Representatives (StARs), Research Department of Linguistics, University College London (2011 - Present)

Dissertations

Tang, K. (2011). Phonetic trends in slips of the ear. MA Dissertation, University College London, UK.

Tang, K. (2010) Water Quality Modelling of the Beaver Creek Catchment. MEng Dissertation, University of Cambridge, UK.