I work in the areas of phonetics and phonology. My general research interests include speech styles, acoustic and articulatory phonetics, variability and cognitively-accountable statistical language models. I work with both spoken and signed languages.
At the moment I'm working on three main projects:
- modelling attention using phonetic cues
- building a database of modality-specific grammar in signed languages; at the moment I'm looking at cross-linguistic distribution of parameters. The database is publicly available on SQLShare, courtesy of the eScience Institute at the University of Washington .
Past projects include:
- investigating how distortion affects intelligibility in normal and hearing-impaired populations under Richard Wright and Pamela Souza
In addition, I have a sustained interest in in teaching. I'm particularly interested in educating the public about linguistics as a discipline and maintain a blog to that purpose.