I am a graduate student studying linguistics at the University of Washington in Seattle. I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas in linguistics in 2005 and my Master of Arts from the University of Washington in 2009. My primary areas of interest are sociolinguistics, language attitudes, folk linguistics, perceptual dialectology, sociophonetics, regional identity, and the Southern United States English dialect.
My Master's thesis, "(ay) monophthongization in Deer Park, Texas," can be downloaded here. For my thesis, I measured /ai/ monophthongization in terms of ΔF1 (change in vowel height over time), ΔF2 (change in vowel backness over time), and Offset F2-F1 (the difference between F2 and F1 at offset). One of the most interesting findings of my thesis research was that while the youngest age group differed from the middle age group on all three measurements, the middle age group only differed from the oldest age group in terms of ΔF1. This suggests that change in vowel height over time may be a particularly important cue for distinguishing between middle and oldest age group speakers for this linguistic variable. My M.A. committee members were Profs. Alicia Wassink (chair) and Richard Wright (reader).
My current research in Deer Park is focused on language attitudes, folk linguistics, and perceptual dialectology. I am fortunate to have Profs. Alicia Wassink and Richard Wright as my committee members again, along with Prof. Betsy Evans.
I am also the undergraduate academic adviser for UW's Integrated Sciences major. More information about the Integrated Sciences major can be found on the Integrated Sciences Program website.