I am a third-year PhD student of Linguistics at New York University, and I am interested in how phonetics, social factors, and frequency interact with phonological representations speakers acquire. I approach questions via computational simulations, corpus studies,  and phonetic experimentation, mostly through phenomena in Hungarian and English.

My research currently focuses on how social and representational factors create changes in phonetic accommodation throughout the lifetime. In addition, I work on the role of phonetic and phonological information (i.e. phonetic naturalness and phonological activity) in inducing featural representations. I am also interested in topics of phonotactic exceptionality, and contrasts over time—how their maintenance or merger is determined by factors like functional load and perceivability.

Before coming to NYU, I earned a BA in English Studies and an MA in Theoretical Linguistics at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.

Ildikó Emese Szabó
NYU Department of Linguistics
10 Washington Place,
New York, NY 10003