About Me

Hi! I’m Cong (more about my name). I am a postdoctoral research associate in the ERC project SPRINT, with Prof. Amalia Arvaniti as the PI (more about our project). I am working on a few side projects at the same time (more info) including a summer research project on investigating the relationship between singing and speech (here are some preliminary results), funded by the PDRA Summer Research Prize at the University of Kent.

My research mainly focuses on aspects about speech prosody (such as intonation and lexical tone), using a variety of approaches including:

  • Phonetics and Phonology (Laboratory Phonology)
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Computational linguistics
  • Language Acquisition

I received a DPhil degree from the Language and Brain Lab, University of Oxford. My DPhil thesis, supervised by Professor Aditi Lahiri, was about the intonational tunes in a tonal language — Tianjin Mandarin (More about my DPhil project).

I did my Master’s 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). I am therefore also interested in studies about translation and interpreting.

Following my DPhil, I worked as a TTS linguist (Linguistics Engineer) in A-Lab at Rokid Inc. One of my major projects was Singing Synthesis (text-to-singing) (More about my industry experience).

So far, I have studied the subject of language from quite a few different perspectives. These experiences are indeed very fascinating and inspiring for my future research.


  • 2018 – 2019
    Text-to-Speech Linguist (Linguistics Engineer)
    A-Lab, Rokid Inc. (Beijing, China)


  • 2018
    D. Phil.
    University of Oxford
    General Linguistics and Comparative Philology
  • 2012
    M.A. (with Distinction)
    Newcastle University
    Linguistics & Language acquisition
  • 2011
    B.A. (first-class equivalence, with Excellent Graduate Award)
    Beijing Foreign Studies University, China
    English Language and Literature (Translation and Interpreting)


Last updated: June 2021.

This CV is quite outdated. I will update it as soon as possible.

Please contact me for an up-to-date one if you need it.

My Blogs

I write some blog posts on various topics. Here’s a list of recent ones:

Scripting in Praat 001

This is a maverick of its fellow Praat scripting tutorials. I assume you have already read some of the tutorials online, but still don’t know where to start. The gift box My favourite part of Praat scripting is that it gives you a box. Not the pink one that you always have to get rid… Continue reading Scripting in Praat 001

Notes on ‘A manifesto for reproducible science’

  Munafò, Marcus R., Nosek, Brian A., Bishop, Dorothy V. M., Button, Katherine S., Chambers, Christopher D., Percie du Sert, Nathalie, Simonsohn, Uri, Wagenmakers, Eric-Jan, Ware, Jennifer J., Ioannidis, John P. A. (2017). A manifesto for reproducible science. Nature Human Behaviour, 1(1), 0021. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-016-0021 I have always been interested in the reproducibility issue. Experimental Psychology recently has a series of seminars/… Continue reading Notes on ‘A manifesto for reproducible science’

My DataViz Show

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