Zing-Zeu is a volunteer group to document and revitalize Eastern Min with digital tools. We have developed an online dictionary for Fuzhou. Currently, we are recording and labeling audio data for ASR.
I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Kansas. My research involves phonetics and psycholinguistics . Using experimental methods, I investigate how speech variability is produced and processed, particularly about the following questions:
- How do younger and older adults differ in speech perception, including acoustic cue weighting and the use of lexical information?
- How do different speakers produce and perceive the synchronic variation caused by ongoing sound changes?
- What are the factors modulating the variability of phonological alternations?
I am affliated to the Phonetics and Psycholinguistics Laboratory.
Here is my complete CV.
|2019 - Now||Ph. D. in Linguistics|
| ||University of Kansas, United States|
|2017 - 2019||M. A. in Linguistics|
| ||University of Kansas, United States|
|2019||LSA Linguistic Institute|
| ||UC Davis, California, United States|
|2013 - 2017||B. A. in Chinese Language|
| ||Fudan University, Shanghai, China|
|2015 - 2016||Exchange Student|
| ||University of Manchester, United Kingdom|
Projects : Speech perception in younger and older normal-hearing adults (2021-Present): The project seeks answers for the reason why older listeners show comparable speech recognition as younger listeners when processing an unfamiliar accent. Cue-weighting strategies and reliance on contextual factors are investigated with paradigms of perceptual learning. Production and perception of the [l~n] merger in Fuzhou Min (2017-2020): Using acoustic analysis and perceptual experiments (AX discrimination and 2-alternative forced choice identification), we investigated the linguistic and social factors that modulate the merger-in-progress between word-initial nasal and lateral consonants in Fuzhou Min. Our study contributed empirical evidence to the known [l~n] merger in many Chinese languages and identified the merger's reversal due to contact with Mandarin, a language that maintains the [l] vs. [n] contrast. Variability of T4 sandhi in colloquial Beijing (2019-Present): We collected production data remotely from speakers in Beijing, China. Acoustic analysis examined how an underlying falling tone (T4) could be variably realized as a falling or rising tone when preceding another underlying falling tone. Factors modulating the variable patterns were tested, including morphosyntactic structure, prosodic structure, and lexical frequency. Publication : Cheng, R. & Jongman, A. (in prep). Production and Perception of a Merger: [l] and [n] in Fuzhou Min Cheng, R. (2017). 福建闽侯方言的疑问句研究 ; (The Interrogative System of Minhou Min). In H. Tao (eds.), 《汉语方言疑问范畴研究》(The Study of Interrogative System of Chinese Dialects). Zhongxi Book Company, Shanghai, China. Presentations : Cheng, R. (2020, December).Investigating a sound merger from speech production and perception. Invited talk in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Cheng, R. & Jongman, A. (2020, December). Production and perception of a merger: The case of [l] and [n] in Eastern Min Chinese. Poster at the 179th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Virtual. Cheng, R. & Jongman, A. (2019, August). Acoustic analysis of nasal and lateral consonants: the merger in Eastern Min. Oral presentation at the Chinese Dialect Typology Symposium, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China. Cheng, R. (2019, July). Measuring a sound change: the [l~n] case in Fuzhou. 3-Min-Thesis (3MT) at the Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute. Davis, California, USA Cheng, R. & Jongman, A. (2019, May). Acoustic analysis of nasal and lateral consonants: the merger in Eastern Min. Poster at the 177th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
|2017 - Now||Teaching Assistant, Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas|
| ||LING 110: Language and Mind|
| ||LING 305: Phonetics I|
| ||LING 312: Phonology I|
|2016 - 2017||Research Assistant, Dept. of Chinese Language and Literature, Fudan University|
| ||Assisted Prof. Huan Tao by translation and word-list revision for a sociolinguistic study of Shanghainese.|