The first thing that drew me to linguistics: the problem sets. I loved scrutinizing a set of data (typically IPA transcriptions plus glosses, arranged in neat little columns) and developing an account of the apparent patterns. Nothing's changed, really, except that the data has gotten messier: now I study phonetic and phonological variation, and consider the linguistic, social, and stylistic factors conditioning it. Go to the Research link for info on my current projects.
Old stomping grounds
Department of Linguistics at Reed College • Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York • NYU Department of Linguistics • Haskins Laboratories • Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Dartmouth College