Dept. of Linguistics, MC-168
707 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Office: 2032 Foreign Languages Bldg.
Phonetics, Phonology, Tone, Intonation, Tone sandhi, Prosody modeling, Second Language Fluency, Pronunciation training, Chinese proficiency testing
Dr. Chilin Shih is a Chinese linguist in phonology, phonetics and speech. Her work is interdisciplinary in nature: It is situated in the intersection of linguistics, speech technologies and language teaching. She has worked for ten years on multilingual text-to-speech systems at Bell Laboratories before joining UIUC, and has continued the linguistic work analyzing multilingual prosodic systems and building models to predict prosody from text, including intonation models and duration models. She has applied speech technologies in language teaching and has built a tone training and testing system Prosody Tutor under an NSF grant. The Prosody Tutor uses an adaptive approach to prosody tutoring and adjusts teaching materials automatically according to students' previous responses. Dr. Shih had another NSF grant working on second language fluency evaluation. The project is based on data collected from the creative output paradigm that she implemented in the third year and fourth year Chinese language classes at UIUC, where the curriculum centers around public speaking training exercises such as debates, interviews, and speeches.
Ph.D. in Linguistics. University of California--San Diego (1986)
An Interdisciplinary Study of the Dynamics of Second Language Fluency, NSF, 2007-2010
Translating Prosody in an English/Chinese Language Tutoring System, NSF, 2006-2009
Multi-media Interlanguage speech corpus for intelligent Chinese pronunciation training, Innovation Center for Language Resources, China. 2017-2020
The Improvement of Elicited Imitation for Chinese Proficiency Testing, 2017
Awards and Honors
Helen Corely Petit Scholar
Campus Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction Using Educational Technologies
Arnold O. Beckman Research Award
Additional Campus Affiliations
Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Kochanski, Greg, and Chilin Shih. "Prosody modeling with soft templates." Speech Communication, vol. 39, no. 3-4, 2003, p. 311-352.
Sproat, Richard, William Gale, Chilin Shih, and Nancy Chang. "A stochastic finite-state word-segmentation algorithm for Chinese." Computational Linguistics, vol. 22, no. 3, 1996, p. 377-404.
Shih, Chilin, and Richard Sproat. "Issues in text-to-speech conversion for Mandarin." Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing, vol. 1, no. 1, 1996, p. 35-82.
Prieto, Pilar, Chilin Shih, and Holly Nibert. "Pitch downtrend in Spanish." Journal of Phonetics, vol. 24, no. 4, 1996, p. 445-473.
Sproat, Richard, and Chilin Shih. "A statistical method for finding word boundaries in Chinese text." Computer Processing of Chinese and Oriental Languages, vol. 4, no. 4, 1990, p. 336–351.
"What determines duration-based rhythm measures: text or speaker?" Laboratory Phonology, vol. 4, no. 2, 2013.
"Rhythm measures and dimensions of durational variation in speech." Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol. 129, no. 5, 2011.
"Compensatory articulation in American English nasalized vowels." Journal of Phonetics, vol. 39, 2011.
Yuan, Jiahong, Chilin Shih, and Greg P Kochanski. "Comparison of declarative and interrogative intonation in Chinese." Proceedings of the First International Conference on Speech Prosody, 2002, p. 711–714.
Shih, Chilin. "Mandarin third tone sandhi and prosodic structure." Studies in Chinese Phonology, edited by Jialing Wang, edited by Norval Smith. Walter de Gruyter, 1997, p. 81-123.
Sproat, Richard, and Chilin Shih. "The cross-linguistic distribution of adjective ordering restrictions." Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language, edited by Carol Georgopoulos, edited by Roberta Ishihara. Kluwer, 1991, p. 565-593.
Sproat, Richard, and Chilin Shih. "Prenominal Adjectival Ordering in English and Mandarin." Proceedings of the 12th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, edited by James Blevins, edited by Juli Carter. GLSA, 1988, p. 465-489.
Gao, Y. A., Toscano, J. C., Shih, C., & Tanner, D. (2019). Reassessing the electrophysiological evidence for categorical perception of Mandarin lexical tone: ERP evidence from native and naïve non-native Mandarin listeners. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 81(2), 543-557. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-018-1614-8
Shi, S., Shih, C., & Zhang, J. (2019). Capturing L1 influence on L2 pronunciation by simulating perceptual space using acoustic features. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH, 2019-September, 2648-2652. https://doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-3183
Ning, L. H., Loucks, T. M., & Shih, C. (2018). Suppression of vocal responses to auditory perturbation with real-time visual feedback. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 143(6), 3698-3705. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5043383
Chang, Y. H. S., & Shih, C. (2015). Place contrast enhancement: The case of the alveolar and retroflex sibilant production in two dialects of Mandarin. Journal of Phonetics, 50, 52-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wocn.2015.02.001
Ning, L. H., Loucks, T. M., & Shih, C. (2015). The effects of language learning and vocal training on sensorimotor control of lexical tone. Journal of Phonetics, 51, 50-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wocn.2014.12.003