Charlie is in his sixth year in the PhD program at the University of Oregon, working with Tyler Kendall. His interests are sociolinguistics generally, and more specifically sociophonetics. Prior to his time at the University of Oregon, he received an MA from North Carolina State University, while studying under Walt Wolfram, Erik Thomas and Robin Dodsworth.
The primary focus of his work is about sociophonetic variation in African American Language (AAL), specifically with word final stop variation, which will be the focus of his dissertation. He collaborates with Mary Kohn frequently, using data from a landmark longitudinal study of AAL at the Frank Porter Graham Institute (FPG) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Beyond his dissertation, he is collaborating with members of the LVC lab in creating the Corpus of Regional African American Language (CORAAL), which will be the first public corpus of AAL (see here). Using CORAAL, he is working with Tyler Kendall and Shelby Arnson to see how the vowel phonology of DC has changed over the course of the twentieth century. For more information including recent papers and presentations, visit his site.