I am a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. My research primarily concerns the role of production biases (particularly in motor learning) in sound change and in the shaping of phonological inventories. My research focuses on vowel systems and in particular the "fricative vowel," an underdescribed type of speech sound that derives historically from a high vowel but is produced with a constriction typical of a voiced fricative.
My primary language areas are the Grassfields languages of Cameroon, especially the Ring languages, and the Wu and Mandarin dialects of Chinese. I have obtained acoustic and articulatory data (obtained through ultrasound tongue imaging) from these languages through original fieldwork and laboratory investigation.