About me

I am a phonetician who specializes in articulatory phonetics, especially tongue ultrasound imaging. My research focuses on the connections between low-level biases in speech production processes and phonetic and phonological structure.

I have investigated the articulatory and acoustic properties of the so-called fricative vowels (摩擦化元音) and apical vowels (舌尖元音) in Wu (吴) and Southern Mandarin (江淮官话) varieties of Chinese, as well as in languages of Cameroon, including the Ring languages Kom and Kejom. I have carried out phonetic fieldwork in both Cameroon and China.

I received my PhD in Linguistics in 2018 from UC Berkeley. My dissertation concerns within-speaker uniformity of articulatory strategies for fricative consonants and a subset of the fricative vowels in Suzhou (苏州) Chinese. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at UCLA.

Selected publications

Journal papers

Faytak, M. and Liu, S. (in prep). Articulation and perception of Standard Chinese coda nasals.

Faytak, M. (under revision). Uniform articulatory implementation and the Suzhou Chinese fricative vowels.

Faytak, M. and Akumbu, P. (in press). Kejom [Illustration of the IPA]. Journal of the IPA.

Rolle, N., Lionnet, F., and Faytak, M. (in press). Areal patterns in the vowel systems of the Macro-Sudan Belt. To appear, Linguistic Typology 24(1).

In edited volumes

Faytak, M. (under revision). High vowel fricativization in Northern Wu Chinese and its neighbors. In Dankmar Enke, Thilo Weber, Larry Hyman, Johanna Nichols, and Guido Seiler (eds.), Language Change for the Worse.

Faytak, M. (2017). Sonority in some languages of the Cameroon Grassfields. In Challenging Sonority, Martin J. Ball and Nicole Müller eds., Equinox.

Refereed conference papers

Faytak, M. Kuo, J., and Wang, S. (to appear). Lingual articulation of the Sūzhōu Chinese labial fricative vowels. ICPhS 19, Melbourne.

Kochetov, A., Faytak, M. and Nara, K. (2018). The retroflex-dental contrast in Punjabi stops and nasals: A principal component analysis of ultrasound images. Interspeech 2018.

Faytak, M. and Lin, S. (2015). Articulatory variability and fricative noise in Standard Mandarin apical vowels. Proceedings of ICPhS 18, Glasgow. [pdf]

Recent conference presentations and posters

Faytak, M., Aziz, J., Barnett, P., Jo, J., Kuo, J., Teixeira, G., Wu, J., Zhou, Z., and Keating, P. (to appear). Flap articulation and lowered fourth formant. ASA 178, San Diego.

Faytak, M. Uniformity constrains innovative variants of the Suzhou Chinese fricative vowels. 5th Workshop on Sound Change, Davis. [slides]

Faytak, M. Structured variation in Suzhou Chinese fricative consonants and vowels. ASA 177, Louisville, KY. [poster]

Faytak, M. (2018). Vowel place contrasts in Suzhou Chinese. LabPhon 16, Lisbon. [poster]

Faytak, M. (2017). Articulatory reuse in good-enough speech production strategies. ASA/EAA joint meeting, Boston. [poster]

Faytak, M. and Johnson, K. (2016). Evaluating a new measure of fricative source intensity. LabPhon 15, Cornell. [poster]

Faytak, M. (2015). High vowel fricativization as an areal feature of the northern Cameroon Grassfields. WOCAL 8, Kyoto. [slides]