Janet B. Pierrehumbert, professor of linguistics, has been named Wender-Lewis Research and Teaching Professor at Northwestern University.
Pierrehumbert’s interests include laboratory phonology, stochastic models, prosody and intonation.
Her research combines computational and experimental methods. Her model of English intonation, developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and AT&T Bell Labs, laid foundations for the ToBI transcription standard and has been applied in linguistics, psycholinguistics and speech technology.
Her current research uses multi-agent modeling to explore the formation of categories and phonological grammars in individuals and populations.
She was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the American Association of University Women, National Science Foundation and Rotary Foundation.
She has written many books, contributed to various professional journals and lectures extensively around the world. Her recent books include Papers in Laboratory Phonology V: Language Acquisition and the Lexicon (edited with M. Broe, 2000) and Japanese Tone Structure, Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 15 (with M. Beckman, 1988). Her textbook and manual, A Laboratory Course in Phonology, has recently been accepted for publication.
Her articles have appeared in a variety of publications including the Journal of Phonetics, Papers in Laboratory Phonology, Language and Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
Before joining Northwestern in 1989, Pierrehumbert taught at Stanford University, Oxford University and the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.