Caleb Belth

[keɪləb bɛlθ] (he/him)

Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Utah. I recently defended my PhD dissertation at the University of Michigan. My undergraduate is from Purdue University. My research is developing an algorithmic approach to phonology, in which phonological generalizations and representations are the result of learning algorithms grounded in independent psychological mechanisms. Informed by linguistic theory, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition, I use computational models as explicit, testable hypotheses. I evaluate my models on natural-language data, such as child-directed speech. In doing so, I compare the model’s behavior to linguistic analyses of the phenomenon and language acquisition results. Moreover, by taking an explicit, computational approach, my models make predictions, which I evaluate by comparing to human behavior in psycholinguistic experiments.

For my research, I have been awarded an NSF GRF, an NDSEG fellowship, and a Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement.

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