- Ph.D., Linguistics, Michigan State University, 2006
- M.A., Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001
Areas of Interest
Sociophonetics, sound change in varieties of North American English, dialect contact, ethnic identity and language use, production/perception interface, statistics in sociolinguistic research
- Apparent time analysis of systemic vowel change in rural vs. urban Ontario
- Sociophonetic investigation of dialect contact as a catalyst for accent change in urban south central North Carolina
Selected Publications and Presentations
Articles in peer reviewed journals
- (under review). “The Canadian Shift in Toronto.” (with L. Jarmasz).
- (under review). “Northern Cities Chicano English: Vowel production and perception.” Accepted with minor revisions by the Journal of English Linguistics [Issue title: Accommodation to the locally dominant norm: Variationist analyses].
- (in press). “Variation in the English definite article: Socio-historical linguistics in t’speech community.” Journal of Sociolinguistics. (with S. Tagliamonte).
- 2003. “In search of a profound answer: Mainstream scripts and the marginalization of advanced track urban students.” Linguistics and Education 14,2: 195-220. (with C. Higgins and M. Thompson).
- (in press). “Effects of consonantal context on the pronunciation of /æ/ in the English of speakers of Mexican heritage from south central Michigan.” In Studies in Sociophonetics, Nancy Niedzielski and Dennis R. Preston (eds). Mouton de Gruyter.
- 2004. “Language in the Mid-Atlantic region.” In Encyclopedia Series American Regional Cultures, Robert Marzec (ed.). Westport, CT: Greenwood, 255-284.
Recent Papers Presented at National/International Conferences
- 2009. “Northern Cities Chicano English: Evidence from Vowel Production and Perception.” Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, MO, November 12-15.
- 2008. “Definite Article Reduction and the Obligatory Contour Principle.” 13th International Conference on Methods in Dialectology, University of Leeds, England, August 4-8.
- 2008. “Shifts and Splits: The Canadian Shift as a Catalyst for Phonemic Change.” Change and Variation in Canada II, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 21-22.
- 2008. “Definite article reduction: Phonological conditioning of a zero form.” Linguistic Society of America, Chicago, IL, January 3-6.
- 2007. “Variation in the definite article: Exploring the sociophonetics of its form and function.” New Ways of Analyzing Variation 36, Philadelphia, PA, October 11-14. (with S. Tagliamonte).
- 2007. “The Canadian Shift in Toronto.” New Ways of Analyzing Variation 36. Philadelphia, PA. October 11-14. (with L. Jarmasz).
- 2007. “Understanding Lansing: Mexican American listeners in Michigan.” American Dialect Society, Anaheim, CA, January 4-6. [Held in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) Annual Meeting].
- ENGL 3132 Introduction to Contemporary American English
- ENGL 6161 Introduction to Linguistics
Professional faculty appointments
- 2009-present Assistant Professor—UNC Charlotte (English)
- 2008-2009 Visiting Assistant Professor—UNC Charlotte (English)
- 2006-2008 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow—University of Toronto (Linguistics)
- Fall 2004 Visiting Lecturer—University of Wisconsin, Madison (English)