Jason A. Shaw

Dr. Jason A. Shaw is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics. He obtained his PhD in linguistics in 2010 from New York University. Before joining Yale in 2016, he did research in Australia supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award and in Japan supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and was a faculty member in linguistics at Western Sydney University. His research investigates how phonological form structures natural variation in speech and how this variation is interpreted by listeners. His approach combines language description with formal computational models and experimental methods that capture the temporal unfolding of speech planning, production, and perception. Experimental methods used in his research include eye-tracking in speech perception experiments and Electromagnetic Articulography (EMA) and ultrasound in speech production experiments.

What do you do with data science?

My research on the cognitive processes underlying speech production and perception is informed by naturalistic speech behavior, targeted experiments, and computational modelling . Data science plays a crucial role, enabling large-scale analyses of speech corpora (Tang & Shaw 2021; Shaw & Kawahara 2019) and stochastic modelling of generative processes underlying experimental data (Shaw & Gafos 2015; Shaw & Kawahara 2018).