John M. Riebold


I'm a 4th year PhD candidate in the University of Washington Department of Linguistics, working with Alicia Beckford Wassink and Richard Wright.

Before coming to UW, I completed an MA in Theoretical Linguistics at York University (MRP) in Toronto, Canada, with Philip Angermeyer, and a BA in German at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.

Research Interests

My research interests lie mainly with the realm of sociolinguistics & phonetics. In particular, I'm interested in Northwest English, vowel mergers and shifts, spirantization, /t/-glottalization, and voice quality.


I'm currently lead research assistant for the second phase of the Pacific Northwest English Project (NSF grant BCS-1147678, PI: Alicia Beckford Wassink), which aims both to describe the dialect of English spoken in the Pacific Northwest, and to study the contact between the various ethnicities in Washington State. See my papers and presentations for some of the results of this project.

Contact Information

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