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My current personal homepage can be found at http://rachaeltatman.com/. This site will remain up indefinitely for archival purposes but is no longer being updated as of February 2015. 

Research Goals

I work in the areas of phonetics and phonology. My general research interests include speech styles, acoustic and articulatory phonetics, variability and cognitively-accountable statistical language models. I work with both spoken and signed languages. 

At the moment I'm working on three main projects:

  • modelling attention using phonetic cues 
  • building a database of modality-specific grammar in signed languages; at the moment I'm looking at cross-linguistic distribution of parameters. The database is publicly available on SQLShare, courtesy of the eScience Institute at the University of Washington .

Past projects include:

  • investigating how distortion affects intelligibility in normal and hearing-impaired populations under Richard Wright and Pamela Souza

In addition, I have a sustained interest in in teaching. I'm particularly interested in educating the public about linguistics as a discipline and maintain a blog to that purpose.

Curriculum vitæ

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Research Interests (in ASL)

As of October 2014

Publications and Presentations

As of February 2015



  • The current (as of May 20th, 2014) version of my sign language database is available at SQLShare, provided as a service of the eScience Institute at the University of Washington. A free account is required in order to log in. 
  • Additional education resource available under the "Educational Resources" tab. 


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