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 for the data: now I study phonetic and phonological variation, and consider the linguistic, social, and stylistic factors conditioning it. I am particularly interested in the division of labor between phonological representations and phonological processes in cases of sociophonetic variation, and how social identities and stances relate to linguistic categories. Go to the Research link for info on my current projects; for a complete list of publications, click CV above.

How to pronounce my surname

[nis], like the female child of your sibling. However, I also answer to [nɪtʃ] (rhymes with rich).

Professional associations

The Linguistic Society of America • The Association for Laboratory Phonology  • The American Dialect SocietyThe Acoustical Society of America • British Association of Academic Phoneticians

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