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!
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!
And here are a couple of cuddly koalas I saw at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary during my trip:
Just back from giving the keynote talk (Change and Variation in Canadian Expats) at Change and Variation in Canada 10 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where I had an excellent time discussing the Canadian Shift and other vowelly matters with fellow attendees!