Dr. Tom Lentz
Tom Lentz studied Artificial Intelligence (BSc and MSc) at the University of Amsterdam, in the language and speech track. From 2007 to 2011, he focused on (psycho)linguistics during his PhD on the role of phonotactics in speech segmentation (specifically, the case of second language acquisition), supervised by René Kager at Utrecht University. Afterwards, he worked and taught at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University College and Utrecht University. From 2012 to 2015, he investigated the effect of metrical structure on speech segmentation and the acquisition of prosodic focus markers, collaborating with Aoju Chen, René Kager and Wim Zonneveld. Since September 2015 Tom has been working as a postdoctoral researcher in the ANR-DFG project 'Paths to Phonological Complexity: Onset clusters in speech production, perception, and disorders'. He will be investigating the interaction between learned (language-specific) patterns of consonant cluster articulation and universal articulatory preferences, as well as the role of perception on these patterns (in collaboration with Harim Kwon and Ioana Chitoran at the Université Paris Diderot, the French side of the project).