MA(Hons), MSc, PhD - University of Edinburgh, Linguistics and English Language

Lecturer in Linguistics
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
University of Canterbury 
Private Bag 4800 
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand  


Research Interests

I am interested in three main areas of linguistics: (i) phonetics & phonology, (ii) sociolinguistics, and (iii) usage-based models of linguistics. I’m especially interested in connections between these three areas. I think that phonetic variation in language is both a vehicle for social cohesion and a cognitive entity and so in order to fully understand how phonetic knowledge is structured in the human mind, we must also understand how it is used in society and how social and linguistic information are linked in cognition. This was the impetus for my doctoral work and has been foundational in my research ever since. 
[Picture taken by Sebastian Hoffman at the Approaches to Variation and Change in English conference.] 

Previous work