Fields of Study
Areas of Interest
- Socio-indexical effects
- Word creation and adoption
- Pseudowords, typicality, and well-formedness
- Morphological productivity
- The mental lexicon
I am interested in how language changes over time and varies for individuals and groups. Some of my work deals with the mental lexicon, well-formedness, and word creation, taking into account people’s social experiences and intentions. My research on well-formedness probes how judgment arises from speakers’ experiences, how words and word-parts are represented in the mental lexicon, and how social information is integrated with these in memory. I have worked on English in the USA, UK, and in NZ, and on Māori in NZ.
Currently, I am working with Dr. Sali Tagliamonte and the Variationist Sociolinguistics Lab, looking at social variation in the Ontario Dialects Project corpora.