Paul De Decker
Paul De Decker is an Assistant Professor in Linguistics and Coordinator of Minor in NL Studies at Memorial University where his focus is on linguistic creativity.
He is primarily interested in cases influenced by dialect contact due to migration or social mobility, such as speakers who grew up in one dialect zone and moved to another.
He uses experimental methods, and acoustic, articulatory and perceptual analyses to understand linguistic creativity as a tool for constructing social relationships, as well as its role in initiating and transmitting linguistic change.
Dr. De Decker and Dr. Sara Mackenzie are currently carrying out research on production and perception of light and dark variants of /l/ in Newfoundland English which is funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for their project "Allophony in Newfoundland English: production, perception, and variation".