Just back from an excellent trip to the Netherlands! After jaunts in Amsterdam, Leiden, and the eastern countryside, we headed up to Leeuwarden for ICLaVE 10 where I gave my talk, A difference without a distinction? How speakers split word classes without acquiring new categories. My talk was part of a larger panel on phonemic splits organized by Sandra Jansen and Natalie Braber - thanks to both for inviting me to be a part of it!
I’ve just returned from the University of Iowa, where I gave an invited talk (Dialects on the Move: What Accent Change in Mobile Speakers Can Reveal About People, Phonology, and the Lexicon) in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and otherwise had a great time chatting with faculty and students!
My article Stylistic variation among mobile speakers: Using old and new regional variables to construct complex place identity has just been published in Language Variation and Change! In this paper I examine whether Canadians living in U.S. cities (NYC and DC) adjust their use of regionally varying vowels depending on how they talk about place (short answer: yes, but only if vowel/place links are socially salient).
I’ve also just returned from a great trip to NYC for NWAV 47, held at NYU, where I presented a talk titled What Do We Mean by Structure?: Mobile Speakers and the (Non-)Coherence of Chain Shifts and had a lot of fun catching up with friends and colleagues from my PhD alma mater!
Just received word that I’ve been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure! I am so happy and excited to continue my career at Georgetown Linguistics :D