Hello and welcome. I am an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
NEW: My UBC Child Phonology Lab Website!
Many thanks to summer RA extraordinaire Penny Raymond for bringing this site to life.
What I Do
I am at heart a theoretical phonologist who studies acquisition. When I have to put keywords on an abstract, they usually include “constraint-based” and/or “learning algorithms”, but I also work on things like lexical avoidance, U-shaped development, L2 production and perception in childhood, prosodic processing with cochlear implants, and shitgibbons. My current projects involve L2 learner’s judgments of English onset clusters with and without accented pronunciations (with Claire Moore Cantwell and Ashley Farris-Trimble, see below) and the acquisition and acceptability of French liaison using both Gradual Symbolic Representations (Smolensky and Goldrick 2016) and a little adult wug-testing (with Karen Jesney and others; project page coming soon I hope.)
As of January 2020, I’m an Associate Editor at Language. I have also written an advanced undergraduate textbook about Phonological Acquisition that additionally teaches the basics of OT along the way. (P.S. If you are going to use my textbook for teaching, feel free to email me so I can tell you the things I’ve realized that don’t work in it, to save you the nuisance of discovering them yourself in class. I MUST get an errata page up, I know.)
At present, I’m not teaching anything until January 2021, and so my office hours are by appointment (email me.)
So far this site contains links to my publications, many of which work, and my brief CV. What’s still missing are links to most talks and posters from before 2016. If any of the links are broken, or if you don’t have access to any of them, feel free to email me to get a copy.
The Story of How I Got Here
After completing my Ph.D. at Umass Amherst in 2006, I was appointed as an Assistant and then Associate Professor in Linguistics at the University of Alberta for a decade, but in 2015/2016 I resigned from that job for family reasons and moved to mid-Michigan. Between 2016 and 2018, I was affiliated with the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, as a Lecturer occasionally in Linguistics but mostly in Psychology, and as a Research Investigator at the Center for Human Growth and Development, mostly through the generosity of Ioulia Kovelman. From 2016-2019 I was also an Adjunct Professor in Linguistics at Simon Fraser University, which has housed my SSHRC-funded Insight grant with co-PI Ashley Farris-Trimble, predominantly kept aloft by then-postdoctoral fellow Claire Moore-Cantwell (now faculty at UCLA.) Also along the way, for several years I was an Associate Editor at Glossa (an open access general theoretical linguistics journal), and before that at Lingua before the entire Editorial Board quit and formed Glossa. I would also like to formally mention to all graduate students or similarly interested junior colleagues that planning to get tenure twice in your academic career with a three year hole in the middle is not super ideal, maybe try to organize your life differently, just a suggestion. But I am very grateful to have sufficiently stuck the landing two times in a row and I’m really hoping to not do it ever again.
About my website
This website is based on the academicpages template created by Stuart Geiger and hosted on GitHub pages. I acquired this site in July 2018 in my quest to create a professional online presence that didn’t make me look like the old person who learned html in 2002 that I am, so I apologize for anything that works less well than it should, and please email me so I can help. If you find something on my website that works better than it should, it is probably thanks to this guy.