My research investigates the production and perception of typologically rare speech sounds and contrasts.

Using instrumental acoustic analysis, perception tasks deployed in the laboratory, and computational analysis of corpus data, I investigate the complex connections between the physical instantiation, perception/interpretation, and phonotactic distribution of these sounds in languages where they do occur.

My research activities fall in two distinct but interrelated areas: (1) field work with under- and undocumented languages and (2) phonetic and phonological investigation of typologically rare sounds.

Twin research areas are the phonetics and phonology of typologically unusual sounds and contrasts, and language endangerment, documentation, and revitalization.

Skills and Expertise:

  • Acoustic Phonetics
  • Phonetics
  • Speech Acoustics
  • Experimental Phonetics
  • Phonetic Transcription
  • Acoustic Analysis

I primarily teach courses in phonetics and phonology for graduate students and undergrads.

I study the acoustics and typology of breathy voiced sounds–in particular, breathy voiced sonorants.

My linguistics MA research focused on sibilant harmony in Navajo.

My doctoral research focused on breathy voiced sonorants in Marathi.

Research interests:

  • acoustic phonetics
  • phonology
  • phonetics-phonology interface
  • language endangerment and revitalization
  • indigenous languages of North America
  • Indic languages

Subject Area(s): Linguistics

Research Interests:

  • Indic linguistics, Marathi phonetics/phonology, Phonation-type contrasts, Language endangerment & revitalization
Asian Studies, Linguistics
PhD, University of Kansas, Linguistics, 2013
MA, University of Kansas, 2011
MA, University of Kansas, 2010
BA, Vassar College, English, 2000