research



Online perception of multiple sociolinguistic cues
My dissertation examines how socioindexical cues like creaky voice ('vocal fry') and high-rising terminals ('uptalk') shape listeners' real-time perceptions of speakers. Using a series of eye-tracking experiments, I aim to investigate how these different cues individually and jointly contribute to participants' classification of speaker persona. Relevant output will be added here; email me if you'd like to hear more in the meantime.

Expectations of speaker performance and social meanings in Tweets
Through a series of experiments, I examined how the highly performative modality of (constructed) Twitter posts shape ‘listener’ expectations of ‘speaker’ performance, thereby generating distinct sets of social evaluations for particular variants: the realizations of (ING), and the use of um and uh. [slides]

Effects of phonetic distance and social evaluation on vowel convergence
I examined how social evaluation and phonetic distance jointly affect vocalic convergence behavior (i.e., when a speaker's vowels come to sound more like another speaker's). [slides], email for mansuscript.

The frequency and distribution of um and uh in acquistion
In this corpus study, I investigated how young children's production of the delay markers um and uh changes over time, to meet changing conversational needs and linguistic competence [poster], email for manuscript. BTW: For that project, I annotated a large portion of the Providence Corpus for turn-type. Email me if you're interested in the data.