Note: I am on sabbatical from January 1 to December 31, 2017.
My research centers on linguistic creativity - how speakers alter their voices to achieve a variety of socially-centered goals. While we find examples of such creativity in everyday linguistic encounters, I am 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.
I use 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.
I have examined the production and perception of light and dark variants of /l/ in Newfoundland English. This project "Allophony in Newfoundland English: production, perception, and variation" was funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant and carried out with Sara Mackenzie.