Curriculum Vitae

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Matthew C. Kelley


Department of Linguistics
University of Alberta, Assiniboia Hall 3-24
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E7


Doctor of Philosphy: Linguistics

University of Alberta, June 2021 (expected)
Supervisor: Benjamin V. Tucker

Master of Science: Linguistics

University of Alberta, 2017
Supervisor: Benjamin V. Tucker

Bachelor of Arts: Double major in English (linguistics emphasis) and Spanish
Minor: Computer Science

Boise State University, 2015
Magna cum laude
Distinguished honors from the Honors College

Research Experience

September 2017 to present: Research Assistant

Linguistics Abstracts Online (Edmonton, AB)

Coded abstracts in journal according to which subdiscipline of linguistics they belonged to. Entered abstract and author information into online database to provide access to other researchers.

May 2017 to August 2017: Research Assistant

University of Alberta
Deep Learning for Sound Recognition Group
(Edmonton, AB)

Investigated deep learning techniques to begin creating a new forced aligner tool. Trained deep neural networks on audio data.

September 2015 to April 2017: Research Assistant

University of Alberta
Alberta Phonetics Lab, Department of Linguistics
(Edmonton, AB)

Performed lab experiments on participants from undergraduate participant pool. Organized interviews and scheduled and managed participation in a long-term participation experiment. Processed auditory stimuli for experiments.

June 2016: Graduate Assistantship

University of Alberta
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
(Edmonton, AB)

Developed a Praat script to automate acoustic information extraction from audio signals for speech language pathology experiments. Additionally, wrote step-by-step documentation to guide users through running the Praat script, regardless of prior experience using Praat.

Spring 2015: Research Intern

Boise State University
Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab, Department of English
(Boise, ID)

Team member of the Languages of Boise project. Created online database and initial user interface for documentation project of languages spoken by refugees resettled in the Boise, Idaho area.

Teaching Experience

Spring 2014: Digication Teaching Intern

Boise State University
Department of World Languages, Spanish section
(Boise, ID)

Authored step-by-step guides on preparing attractive ePortfolios on the Digication platform. Facilitated digital technology workshops for students in the capstone course for their Spanish degree.

Summers 2013, 2014, 2015: Academic Mentor

Boise State University
TRIO Upward Bound Summer Program
(Boise, ID)

Collaborated with teachers in summer program to provide a healthy learning environment for low-income, first-generation students through individual and small group tutoring efforts and policy enforcement. Liaised between administration and assigned teaching staff to keep both parties up to date on current student situations.


Conference Presentations


Kelley, M.C. (2017). A comparison of four vowel overlap metrics. Presented at the Alberta Conference on Linguistics 2017 (Edmonton, AB).

Kelley, M.C. & Tucker, B.V. (2017). Recognition of spoken pseudowords. Presented at the Western Conference on Linguistics 2017 (Boise, ID).

Kelley, M.C. & Tucker, B.V. (2017). How are pseudowords recognized in an auditory lexical decision task?. Presented at the Northwest Phonetics and Phonology Conference 2017 (Vancouver, BC).


Kelley, M.C., Morrison, G.S., Tucker, B.V. (2016). A comparison of vowel overlap metrics. Presented at the Northwest Phonetics and Phonology Conference 2016 (Eugene, OR).

Poster Presentations


Kelley, M.C., Tucker, B.V. (2017). How do we recognize pseudowords in an audio signal?. Presented at the 173rd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (Boston, MA).


Helms, A.J., May, M., Albrecht, J., Barrera, A., Boone, H., Davidson, D., Dodson, C., Gonzales, T., Holmgren, L., Johnson, Dane., Jordan, C., Kelley, M., McBride, G., Mullner, I., Nelson, L., Ruesch, K., Tolman, J., & White, D. (2015). Kikongo Language Structures. Presented at the 2015 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference (Boise, ID).

Developed Software


Extracts and parses special comments from a Praat script and generates a Markdown file API for the script. Implementations in Python 3 and Praat script, available under the LGPLv2.1 license at

Language Skills and Experience

  • English (Native)
  • Spanish (Near-native)
  • Portuguese (Intermediate)
  • Esperanto (Intermediate)
  • Kikongo (Some documentation)

Academic and Research Skills

Experimental and research techniques

  • Lexical decision
  • Laboratory speech recording
  • Palatography/linguography
  • Field elicitation and recording
  • Corpus development and querying
  • Forced alignment
  • Statistical analysis and modeling
  • Monte Carlo simulation

Technological skills

  • General purpose programming (Python, Java, C, R, etc.)
  • Scripting (Python, R, Praat, BASH, etc.)
  • Website development (HTML, Django, Pelican, etc.)
  • IDEs (Eclipse, RStudio, etc.)
  • Basic graphic design (GNU Image Manipulation Program, Adobe PhotoShop)
  • Basic page layout and publication formatting (Scribus, Adobe InDesign)