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The NTHU Phonetics Laboratory was established by Yueh-chin Chang in 1990. In the first place, the mission of the phonetics lab was primarily devoted to the documentation of the sounds of the languages spoken in Taiwan/Formosa and the Pescadores, including both Sinitic and Austronesian languages. In 2007, Feng-fan Hsieh joined the lab and then our emphasis is extended to the phonetics - phonology interface, in particular, using laboratory and/or fieldwork methodologies to explore formal linguistic theory (hence, the "PhonLab"). In recent years, our research agenda has been further expanded to the phonetics and phonology of other varieties of Southern Min, Mandarin and Hakka spoken in Southeast Asia and Southwest China.
The Tsing Hua Phonetics Laboratory has been generously supported by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)/Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)/National Science Council (NSC), the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Research Center of Humanities and Social Sciences, NTHU, and the Graduate Institute of Linguistics, NTHU. With state-of-the-art facilities, the NTHU Phonetics lab is capable of conducting articulatory, acoustic and/or perceptual experiments on a wide range of research topics.