Cong Zhang

DPhil Student
A photograph of Cong Zhang


I am now working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the ERC project SPRINT at the University of Kent, Canterbury.


I was a DPhil student (viva-ed on 1st May 2018) at the Language and Brain Lab. My DPhil thesis, supervised by Professor Aditi Lahiri, was about the intonational tunes in a tonal language -- Tianjin Mandarin.

I presented parts of my work at various conferences and received awards for my presentations.

I received my Master's degree in Linguistics and Language Acquisition from Newcastle University (UK). There, I worked on a number of projects including child language acquisition, second language acquisition, Mandarin lexical tone perception, etc. For my undergraduate degree, I studied Translation and Interpreting at Beijing Foreign Studies University (China). Following my DPhil, I worked in A-Lab at Rokid Inc. as a TTS linguist (Linguistics Engineer). So far, I have studied the subject of language from quite a few different perspectives. These experiences are indeed very fascinating.

My research interests are laboratory phonology, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition. Or anything that involves an element of prosody (lexical tones, intonation, stress, rhythm, etc.)

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