Tianheng Wang

WangTianheng Wang
王天恒 [wɑŋ˧˥ tʰjɛn˥ xɤŋ˧˥]

PhD Student in Linguistics, Nankai University
Tianjin, China

Research interest: phonetics, computational linguistics, tonology, Chinese historical linguistics, early Beijing Mandarin

Contact: tw1701@nyu.edu

Journal Papers

  • Huang, Wei (黄玮), Qibin Ran (冉启斌) & Tianheng Wang (王天恒). Forthcoming. 中心区域与辐射扩散——中古音与现代方言的语言距离和地理距离视角 (Central region and radial diffusion: Perspective of language distance and geographical distance between Middle Chinese reconstructions and Modern Chinese dialects). Studies in Language and Linguistics (语言研究).
  • Wang, Tianheng, Søren Wichmann, Quansheng Xia & Qibin Ran. 2023. Temperature shapes language sonority: Revalidation from a large dataset. PNAS Nexus 2(12): pgad384. DOI: 10.1093/pnasnexus/pgad384
  • Liang, Yuzhu, Lining Wang, Søren Wichmann, Quansheng Xia, Shuai Wang, Jun Ding, Tianheng Wang & Qibin Ran. 2023. Languages in China link climate, voice quality, and tone in a causal chain. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications 10: 453. DOI: 10.1057/s41599-023-01969-4

Conference Posters

  • Wang, Tianheng (王天恒). 2021. 一种直观的调值格局可视化方法 (A novel approach to visualization of tone value pattern). The 14th Phonetic Conference of China (第十四届中国语音学学术会议) (PCC 2021), Lanzhou, 18–20 July 2021. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10152833

Selected Presentations

  • Wang, Tianheng (王天恒). 2023. 1900年以来北京话声调及其演变——来自早期录音的证据 (Tones of Beijing dialect since 1900 and their evolution: Evidence from early recordings). The 15th Phonetic Conference of China (第十五届中国语音学学术会议) (PCC 2023), Shenzhen, 7–10 Jul 2023.
  • Wang, Tianheng (王天恒). 2023. 再论中古汉语的四声:性质和演变 (Revisiting Middle Chinese tones: Characteristics and evolution). The 4th Young Scholars’ Forum on Historical Linguistics (第四届历史语言学青年学者论坛), Beijing, 22–23 Apr 2023. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10454374
  • Wang, Tianheng (王天恒). 2022. 刘宝全京韵大鼓录音反映的早期北京话io韵 (The final io in early Beijing dialect reflected in Liu Baoquan’s Jingyun Dagu recordings). The 19th National Academic Symposium on Early Mandarin (第十九届全国近代汉语学术研讨会), Dalian (online), 25–26 Jun 2022.

Open-Source Tools and Projects

Selected Data and Materials

  • Wang, Tianheng (王天恒). 2023. 对《齐梁陈隋押韵材料的数理分析》韵次数据的修正 (A revision of rhyme count data from Mathematical Analysis of Rhyming Materials of Qi, Liang, Chen, and Sui). Zenodo. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10153223
  • Mikazuki, Ayaka (三日月绫香) & Tianheng Wang (王天恒) (eds.). 2023. 《王三》小韵全表 (Complete syllable table of Wangsan). Zenodo. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10499263
  • Wang, Tianheng (王天恒) (trans.). 2020. VoQS:音质符号(2016中英双语版) (VoQS: Voice Quality Symbols (2016 in Chinese)). Zenodo. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10206204


2022–PhD in Linguistics, Nankai University

2017–2019MS in Computer Science, New York University

2013–2017BS in Fundamental Sciences (Chemistry and Biology), Tsinghua University


7 Jan 2019Excellent Member, Zhihu Linguistics, Beijing

4 Dec 2012Gold Medal, The 26th Chinese Chemistry Olympiad, Tianjin

Selected Middle Chinese Performances

  • 2022. 晚期中古汉语三十六字母歌 (36 Initials Song of the Late Middle Chinese). bilibili YouTube
  • 2022. 神女劈观 (The Divine Damsel of Devastation). (Sung in Early Tang Chinese) bilibili YouTube
  • 2019. 苏幕遮·燎沈香 (Sumuzhe (Liao Chenxiang)). (Sung in Northern Song Mandarin) bilibili YouTube
  • 2019. 八扇屏·莽撞人 (Bashanping: Mangzhuang Ren). 2019 Summer Workshop on Chinese Historical Phonology (2019年中国音韵学暑期讲习班), Tianjin, 1–6 Jul 2019. (Recited in Early Middle Chinese)