Senior Research Fellow Janet Pierrehumbert has been elected a Member of the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of her contributions to the language sciences. She is one of 100 new Members elected this year. The National Academy of Sciences is a non-profit institution established by the US Congress in 1863 to recognise achievement in science, and to provide scientific policy advice to the federal government. Election to its membership is one of the highest honours a scientist can receive.
Professor Pierrehumbert is Professor of Language Modelling at the Oxford e-Research Centre, in the Department of Engineering Science. She has undertaken pioneering research on the structure and dynamics of human languages. She developed a model of intonation patterns in speech that has been widely influential in speech technology, psycholinguistics, and theoretical linguistics. Her current research explores the interaction of social and cognitive factors in shaping lexical systems in individuals and in communities. She is one of the founding members of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, an interdisciplinary research organisation that promotes the scientific study of all aspects of language sound structure.
Professor Pierrehumbert says: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled by this honour, which represents not only recognition of my own work, but also recognition of the importance of my field for other disciplines and for public policy. I’m looking forward to the opportunities that the NAS will provide to engage with remarkable scientists in many different areas.’
Posted: 2 May 2019