I’m a PhD candidate in Linguistics at NYU. Broadly speaking, I study how language varies and changes over time.
There are three aspects of variation and change that I focus on:
Sociolinguistics: How language interacts with social factors like age, class, etc. I’m particularly interested in the sociolinguistics of place, and what happens with language when a group changes their perception of the place they live in. I tend to do sociophonetic work, although I’m happy to look at morphosyntactic variables as well.
Locus of variation in grammar: One important question about language variation is at what level of the grammar a speaker selects a particular variant. While this applies to all variables, it’s especially critical to our understanding of syntactic variation. I’ve done some formal description of syntactic variables like the ish-construction in English, and have work in progress testing predictions that the Competing Grammars framework makes about what kinds of variation are licit.
Phonological outcomes of sound change: Sounds, like English vowels, change all the time–so our phonological systems might to change accordingly. I’m interested in exploring what these phonological changes would be like. I’ve previously approached this with respect to English phonotactics and features, and am also interested in contrast preservation/loss.
My dissertation examines how suburbanization and language interact in the US, based on fieldwork I conducted in St. Louis, MO. Suburbs have a complex relationship with the city they share a metropolitan area with, and I’m interested in what effect this has on the local speech.
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New York University
MA in Linguistics, awarded 2015
Swarthmore College ’13
Phi Beta Kappa
Graduated with High Honors
Honors Major in Linguistics
Special Major in East European Peace Studies
Honors Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies
Here’s an explanation of Swarthmore’s Honors Program to make sense of that.