My research asks how listeners navigate a highly variable phonetic landscape. I examine cognitive, social, and contextual influences on speech perception, and what those factors can reveal about listeners' mental representations of language. I explore several sources of variability: variability in the speech signal (from different talkers, native languages, dialects, and contexts); and, variability introduced by the listener (their experiences, attitudes, biases, and attentional states). As such, much of my work surrounds the interplay between linguistic and indexical information.
Other interests include: voice identification and memory; phonetic category learning; social meaning; prediction and expectation in language comprehension; sociophonetics; text mining; data visualization.
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