I am a Lecturer in Sociolinguistics in Linguistics and English Language in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. My interests within linguistics are sociolinguistics, variation and change, phonetics, and phonology.
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Linguistics and English Language
The University of Edinburgh
Dugald Stewart Building
3 Charles Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9AD
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I am part of the UK team, along with PI Jane Stuart-Smith, working on the SPADE project, funded by the Digging into Data challenge.
The Edinburgh Speaks project is still in the early planning stages. Our goal is to learn about how people communicate in Edinburgh.
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.
I am usually the course organizer for the following courses
This postgraduate course taught in the first semester serves as a foundational introduction to Sociolinguistics. It is a compulsory course for the MSc in Applied linguistics. For more information, see its DRPS entry.
This honours course taught in the second semester will focus on how quantiative probabilities and grammatical theory can be brought together to be mutually informative. There is also a practical component involving learning how to use R.
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."
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.