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I am an Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of Kentucky. My interests within linguistics are sociolinguistics, variation and change, phonetics, and phonology.

Contact

e-mail:
office: 1671 Patterson Office Tower

Projects

Forced Alignment and Vowel Extraction

I help maintain the active development of the Forced Alignment and Vowel Extraction (FAVE) suite.

You can download the code from Github, where we also maintain a wiki to help new users get set up. There's also a nice users group.

Sound Change and the Phonology-Phonetics Interface

My dissertation investigated how phonetic and phonological factors influence language change in progress. So far, my research in this area has mostly utilized data from the Philadelphia Neighborhood Corpus.

On the basis of my investigation of the data it appears that categorical (phonological) factors play a crucial role in sound changes much earlier than it is sometimes realized.


Research

Papers

forthcoming

The Study of Variation
Published To appear in the Oxford Handbook of the History of Phonology
Draft

2017

Generations, lifespans, and the zeitgeist
Published Language Variation and Change 29.1 pp 1-27
Journal

2017

The Role of Phonology in Phonetic Change
Published Annual Review of Linguistics 3 pp 25-42
Journal

2016

Filled Pause Choice as a Sociolinguistic Variable
Published Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 22.2 pp 41-49
Journal

2016

The early influence of phonology on a phonetic change
Published Language 92.2 pp 376-410
Journal

2011

Cross Derivational Feeding is Epiphenomenal
Josef Fruehwald and Kyle Gorman
Presented at NAPhC 6,  ILLS 2 [PDF] 
Published Studies in the Linguistic Sciences 2011:36-50
Paper

2012

Redevelopment of a Morphological Class
Presented at PLC 35, 2011 
Published PWPL 18.1
Handout ; Paper

2008

The Spread of Raising: Opacity, Lexicalization, and diffusion
Presented at NWAV 36, 2008 
Published Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 14.2
Paper

Dissertation


Conference Talks and Presentations

2015

Is it really, um, informative?
Presented at Edinburgh Language Variation and Change Research Group and Edinburgh Disfluency Research Group
HTML5 Slides

2014

/Vwl/ Systems
Presented at NWAV 43 
Slides [html]

Invited Talks

2015

Big Data and Sociolinguistics
Presented at Penn Linguistics Conference 39
HTML5 Slides

2014

How Phonetic Changes Happen
Presented at Newcastle University
HTML5 Slides

2014

The Phonological Influence on Phonetic Change
Presented at University of York
HTML5 Slides

Workshops


Personal

Val Systems

My linguistics and everything else blog called Val Systems.

In Philadelphia, where I'm from, /aw/ is monopthongized before /l/, and I like to study vowels, hence the name "Val Systems."

Github

I've also started blogging here on github.

So far it has no name, and will be devoted to more techy things that are of less general interest than what I post to Val Systems.