ICLaVE 10 talk in Leeuwarden

special delivery in Leeuwarden

special delivery in Leeuwarden

Title slide (thanks to Sandra Jansen for the photo!)

Title slide (thanks to Sandra Jansen for the photo!)

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!

Colloquium talk at The University of Iowa

Iowa City businesses lean in to their midwest dialect features

Iowa City businesses lean in to their midwest dialect features

one of the ubiquitous [hɔᵊks] (in my dialect)

one of the ubiquitous [hɔᵊks] (in my dialect)

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!

New article in Language Variation & Change; NWAV talk

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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!