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 focuses on phonology and its interfaces with phonetics and morphology, which I investigate from both theoretical and experimental perspectives. My current projects involve modeling incomplete neutralization and bringing laboratory phonology approaches to Bantu morphophonology.
I currently direct the Phonetics and Phonology Linguistics Laboratory (PPLL) at Texas Tech.
My dissertation [abstract | full PDF], completed at Rutgers University in 2013, examines incomplete neutralization through experiments on American English flapping and Japanese monomoraic noun lengthening, The dissertation presents a model of neutralization based on paradigm uniformity in a phonetics with weighted constraints.
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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.