Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Hinman Box: HB 6220
- B.Sc. Calvin College; Ph.D. Michigan State University
Areas of Expertise
- Sociolinguistics of less commonly studied languages; language variation and change; dialects; language and identity; tone; linguistic contact; sociophonetics, sociotonetics; clan-based societies (exogamy, dialect contact); Sui (China) and other Tai-Kadai languages; Hmong communities in the U.S.; computational modeling of language variation and change
- “One size fits all? Dialectometry in a small clan-based indigenous society,” Language Variation and Change 24:2 (2012) 247-78.
- “Farewell to the founders: Major dialect changes along the East-West New England border,” American Speech 87(2), with Thomas Leddy-Cecere and Kenneth Baclawski, (2012) 126-69.
- “The influence of Mandarin Chinese on minority languages in rural southwest China: A sociolinguistic study of tones in contact,” International Journal of the Sociology of Language 215, with Jonathan P. Evans, (2012) 79-100.
- “A 50-year comparison of regional dialect variation in the Sui language,” Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 4:2 (2011) 120-43.
- “Gender, generations, and nations: An experiment in Hmong American discourse and sociophonetics,” Language and Communication 30:4 (2010) 285-96.
- “The Role of Marriage in Linguistic Contact and Variation: Two Hmong Dialects in Texas,” Journal of Sociolinguistics 14:1 (2010) 89-115.
- “‘Eating the Food of Our Place’: Sociolinguistic Loyalties in Multidialectal Sui Villages,” Language in Society 38:3 (2009) 287-309.
- Variation in Indigenous Minority Languages , with Dennis R. Preston (eds), (2009). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.
- “A Sociotonetic Analysis of Sui Dialect Contact,” Language Variation and Change 20:3 (2008) 409-450.
- “Child Dialect Acquisition: New Perspectives on Parent/Peer Influence,” Journal of Sociolinguistics 12:5 (2008) 567-596.
- Variation in Indigenous Minority Languages, Sociophonetics, Dialectology, Computational Modeling of Language Variation and Change, New England dialects