About me

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I am currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics at McGill University. My research falls into two broad themes. Firstly, I am interested in how people in the same speech community differ in producing the same sounds in terms of acoustic cues, and how this difference between speakers relates to changes both in the speech norms of a community and in an individual speaker over their language development. Secondly, I focus on identifying the extent to which acoustic cues are structured in a way that helps listeners learn and adapt to sources of variability such as phonetic contexts, lexical items, speaking style, and social factors (e.g. gender). One possibility is that acoustic cues covary in a nonrandom structured way, and that this structure helps listeners cope with variability to accurately recognize sounds and words during spoken communication.