I am in my sixth year in the PhD program at the University of Oregon, working with Tyler Kendall in the Language Variation and Computation lab. My interests are sociolinguistics generally, and more specifically sociophonetics. Prior to my time at the University of Oregon, I received my MA from North Carolina State University, while studying under Walt Wolfram and Erik Thomas.
The primary focus of my work is about sociophonetic variation in African American English (AAE), specifically with word final stop variation. I collaborate with Mary Kohn frequently, using data from a landmark longitudinal study of African American English (AAE) at the Frank Porter Graham Institute (FPG) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Currently, I am helping to develop a public corpus of AAE, comprised of sociolinguistic recordings from 1968-1969 (Analyzed in Ralph Fasold’s 1972 book) and from 2015-2017 for Tyler Kendall’s NSF Grant, Enhancing Data and Tools for Research and Education on African American English. Using this corpus, Shelby Arnson and I are looking at sound change in Washington, D.C. vowels. Additionally, I am working on two projects: word final stop weakening in African American English in Memphis, TN, Durham, NC, and Washington D.C., and, with Tyler Kendall and Valerie Fridland, analyzing the spectral dynamics of the front vowels in the Southern Vowel Shift.