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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.
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.