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I am a linguist focusing on phonology, phonetics, and historical linguistics. In the fall, I will be joining the Department of Linguistics at the University of Washington as an assistant professor in phonology. My main research interests lie in the intersection of theoretical phonology, phonological typology, and the theory of sound change. Using statistical and experimental techniques, I try to estimate which aspects of phonological typology are primarily influenced by diachronic factors and which aspects primarily by synchronic factors/learnability. My proposed framework for modeling the two influences yields implications for computational approaches to phonological learning as well as for weighted-constraint models of phonological variation.
As a historical linguist, I have primarily worked on Indo-European and Austronesian. In Indo-European, my main interests concern phonetic reconstruction, Vedic metric and accent system, and the Slavic accent system; in Austronesian, I’ve conducted research on the peculiar syntactic voice/focus system.