Rory Turnbull on a boat

Rory Turnbull


I'm a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique in the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. I received my PhD in 2015 from the Department of Linguistics at the Ohio State University. I also hold a MA (Hons) in Linguistics and English Language from the University of Edinburgh.


My research program sits at the intersection between phonetics, phonology, and psycholinguistics. In my PhD dissertation, I investigated the cognitive source of frequency and predictability effects in spoken language. More generally, I am interested in the ways that frequency, predictability, and other usage-based factors influence linguistic sound structures.

I maintain an active research agenda in intonation and prosody, investigating the relationships between predictability, context, and the phonetic realizations of prosodic contrasts.

I am also interested in documentation of Otomian languages, specifically the variety of Otomi spoken in San Jeronimo Acazulco, Mexico State, Mexico. This work is carried out in collaboration with Magnus Pharao Hansen, Ditte Boeg Thomsen, and Néstor Hernández-Green.

Curriculum Vitae

My CV in pdf format.



You can email me via rory dot turnbull at ens dot fr.

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