UC BerkeleyLinguistics


My primary research deals with the interfaces of phonetics with both phonology and morphology and how grammar evolves from various aspects of human speech perception and production. My research is based on empirical data that I obtain from both field work and lab work in which is applied to linguistic theory.


      Predictability and Phonetic Attention

      The research for my dissertation considers how basic human faculties (perception, cognition, etc.) give rise
      to a language's structure and grammar over time. In particular I have conducted experimental research
       in speech perception and psycholinguistics in order to understand certain mechanisms of sound change.
      The results of my research show that attention to phonetic details is modulated by higher level linguistics information
       such as contextual predictability; this phenomenon is shown to be relevant in speech production
      suggesting its relevance in sound change.

Han Athabascan Documentation

I have worked with speakers of the Han (Dene/Athabascan) language of eastern Alaska for over five years, documenting aspects of prosody and morphosyntax as well as collecting texts and video.