I am interested in the interdisciplinary study of speech, sound and language. My research aims to understand how variation in speech is structured by the sound systems of different languages, dialects and speakers.
Much of my work to date has focused on the development of articulatory sociophonetics, using socially-stratified articulatory data in order to answer questions across linguistic theory, phonetics, laboratory phonology, and sociophonetics. I have also done research on topics including bilingualism, language contact, sociophonetic variation, and linguistic typology.
My ongoing projects include:
- TARDIS: Targets and dynamics in speech (with Patrycja Strycharczuk, funded by AHRC 2019-23)
- Articulatory dynamics of palatalisation contrasts in Scottish Gaelic (with Claire Nance)
- Acquisition of contact varieties in multilingual contexts (with Kathleen McCarthy and Maya Zara)
- Discovering variability and invariance in speech using machine learning (with George Brown)
These projects involve methods such as: lab experiments, fieldwork, electromagnetic articulography, ultrasound imaging, acoustic analysis, task dynamic simulations, statistics, machine learning.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss ideas or collaborations in any of the above areas. I would be particularly excited to talk to people interested in the following:
- articulatory phonology / task dynamics
- computational research on speech articulation
- learning dynamical systems from data
- articulatory sociophonetics
- creative applications of speech technology (e.g. music and vocal tract synthesis)