I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics 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 an MA in English from North Carolina State University.
The primary focus of my work is about sociophonetic variation in African American Language (AAL), specifically on the development of regional variation. In my dissertation, I focus on word final /d/ glottalization, a pattern that has long been a feature of Southern AAL, but spread as a result of the waves of the Great Migration.
Over the past several years, I have been developing the Corpus of Regional African American Language with Tyler Kendall. CORAAL is the first public corpus of AAL, and is comprised of several components from different regional locales, including Washington, D.C., Princeville, NC, Rochester, NY, Atlanta, GA, and Seattle, WA. Using CORAAL, Shelby Arnson, Tyler Kendall and I are looking at vocalic change in Washington D.C. over the twentieth century. Additionally, I am working on two projects: word final stop weakening in AAL in Memphis, TN, Durham, NC and Washington, D.C., as well as final fricative deletion in Southern AAL.