Research

Primary research areas:

  • Phonetics (coarticulation, speech perception, relation between perception and production)
  • Laboratory Phonology (especially phonetic underpinnings of sound change)

I am broadly interested in the relation between the cognitive representation and the physical instantiation of speech. Many of my investigations study this relation from the perspective of coarticulation. In collaboration with colleagues, recent work in this area has focused on the perceptual time course of coarticulation. Ongoing work takes this research a step further by exploring possible links between a listener’s dynamic use of coarticulatory information as the acoustic signal unfolds in real time and that language user’s own coarticulated productions. This work is driven by an interest in integrative theoretical approaches to perception and production, and in theories of sound change that explain how contextually conditioned variants in the ambient language become new perception and production norms.