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!
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: