I am an Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English and affiliated faculty in the Department of Philosophy at Texas Tech University. My research primarily focuses on phonology, phonetics, and their interface, which I investigate in the laboratory. In particular, I am interested in incomplete neutralization and other subphonemic distinctions. I also work on laboratory phonology approaches to understudied languages. More specific research interests, as well as a description of recent and current projects, are laid out here.
I am the director of the Phonetics and Phonology Linguistics Laboratory (PPLL) at Texas Tech.
I completed my Ph.D. in the Linguistics Department at Rutgers University in 2013. My dissertation [abstract | full PDF] focused on incomplete neutralization, presenting experimental studies on English and Japanese, and arguing for a model of neutralization based on paradigm uniformity in a phonetics with weighted constraints.
Scripts and Tools
A number of scripts and tools for Praat, R, and LaTeX that I've developed are available on the resources page.
My not-infrequent use of "hella", fronted vowels, and lack of [ɔ] all betray my Southern California roots—even though I lived on the east coast for nearly a decade. Texans rarely believe it, but I am a native user of "y'all".
I also have some non-linguistic interests.