I am an Associate Professor at Brown University. I am trying to explain the ways languages, and in particular their phonological systems, change.

My research focuses on the way consonant and vowel weakening patterns evolve, on the characteristics of linguistic convergence, on the balance between different kinds of information rate (in particular speech rate vs. the rest), and on the universality of information as a characteristic of segments. My most recent project involved the curation of the XPF Corpus, a resource by which I can answer lots of questions that keep me up at night, but will hopefully let many other phonologists and phoneticians answer the questions that keep them up at night too.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

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For linguistics and language at Brown, check out our seminar series, the linguistics concentration, and the linguistics graduate program.