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Will Styler

Assistant Teaching Professor - UC San Diego

About Me

I am an Assistant Teaching Professor[?] in the University of California San Diego Linguistics Department, specializing in computational and quantitative approaches to phonetics and language.


As a teaching-focused faculty member here at UCSD, and I truly love sharing the joy (and pain) of Language with students of all levels. I’m also the author of Using Praat for Linguistic Research, a free textbook on phonetic analysis with the Praat software suite, and am currently writing Using Unix for Linguistic Research, a guide to the Unix command line written with linguistic needs in mind. I hope to continue developing more of these sorts of open course materials as I progress in my work. For a complete list of courses taught, please see my C.V.. If you’re curious what a “teaching professor” even is, read my teaching professor FAQ.

In Winter Quarter of 2020, I’m currently teaching LIGN 101 (Introduction to Linguistics) and LIGN 6 (Language and Computers). In addition to syllabi, I’ve also compiled a page of resources for my students which might be of some help.


My research specialization is in computational approaches to linguistics, specifically in acoustic phonetics, speech perception, and natural language processing. I enjoy using computer modeling and machine learning to better understand how humans produce, perceive, and understand language. My main focus has been on the perception of vowel quality and vowel nasality in the face of limited context and high variability, but I’m also interested in natural language processing and other forms of extracting meaningful linguistic signal from noise.

As side projects, I’m the author of a large repository of Praat scripts, the maintainer of the EnronSent email corpus, and the (occasional) writer of language articles, most of which are posted here. If you have questions about any of these things, please do send me an email. In my free time, I write and share terrible puns, play the Hammered Dulcimer, study and appreciate industrial design, work with computers and open-source software, and attend to all creatures small and fuzzy.

Please feel free to use the navigation links at the top of this page for more information about me and my research, and have a wonderful day.

Contact Information

Winter 2020 General Office Hours: Fridays 11-1 or by appointment
Spring 2020 General Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-3pm or by appointment
Contact Email: wstyler is the username of a person who works at ucsd.edu
Campus Office: AP&M Building 4151 (
Plus Code: 8544VQH5+MM5)

Campus Mailing Address:

Will Styler
Department of Linguistics
9500 Gilman Drive MC0108
Univ. of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0108

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Because if you don’t save them, who will?!