vowel merger & distinction

Keynote at SocioPhonAus 2

In July I gave a keynote talk, Transnational Mobility and Accent Change: Theoretical and Methodological Opportunities for Sociophonetics, at the 2nd Workshop on Sociophonetic Variability in the English Varieties of Australia in Brisbane. Here's me during that talk, presenting some early findings from my NSF project!

Thanks to James Grama for the photo!

Thanks to James Grama for the photo!

And here are a couple of cuddly koalas I saw at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary during my trip:


Working paper on second dialect acquisition and style variation

Daniel Ezra Johnson and I have been looking at how speakers who are acquiring second dialects shift between their old and new accents in different contexts. A paper version of our NWAV 43 presentation (Partial mergers and near-distinctions: Stylistic layering in dialect acquisition) can now be found in the U Penn Working Papers in Linguistics here.