Chantal Gratton
Chantal Gratton

I am a third year doctoral student in the linguistics program at Stanford University. I hold a masters degree from York University, where I explored intraspeaker variation within a tight-knit non-binary transgender community of practice.

I am primarily interested in sociophonetic variation at the suprasegmental level. My research focuses on stylistic and interactional uses of linguistic variation.

Feel free to contact me at:

NWAV 47: Methods and Innovation
SPF Workshop on Meaning
NWAV 46: Progress

Current Research

Vowel realization and stancework

Prior work has found that vowel frontness (F2) correlates with affective stances (Eckert 2010, 2011; Podesva et al. 2015; Podesva forthcoming; Wong 2014), with fronter vowels marking positive affect and backer vowels marking negative affect. If this correlation is truly reflective of a sound symbolic or embodied link to positive-negative dimensions, then we should expect other stances measured along such poles (like alignment) to exhibit similar patterns. My current work explores this possibility, looking at vowel realization in dyadic interactions where alignment and stancework is prevalent.


Thought pieces and news

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The background image was taken at Wat Rong Khun (the White Temple) in Chiang Rai, Thailand. This art exhibit by Chalermchai Kositpipat is in the style of a Buddhist temple and features many amazing sculptures, including the photographed hands.

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