PhD student

Room: E815

I received my BA in Linguistics and Classical Languages from the University of Mary Washington where I looked into ties between proto-Luwian and Minoan languages by studying contemporary writing systems and archaeological data, and a MPhil in Language Variation and Change from Leiden University, where I focused my Master’s thesis on dialectometric methods for phonological analysis.

My doctoral dissertation is dedicated to the perception of differences in American English accents by native and non-native listeners, from a cognitive, sociolinguistic, and acoustic-phonetic perspective. Using both qualitative and statistical analyses I examine listeners’ perceptions and attitudes in comparison with acoustic vowel measurements. My interests in this topic range from sound perception in communication to language processing and neuro/psycho-linguistic applications.