Research interests and current projects
Phonological theory, particularly within the framework of
Optimality Theory (a
formalism in which sound patterns are characterized in terms of conflicts
between universal constraints, Prince & Smolensky 1993), and other frameworks
which employ soft constraints.
Understanding the relation between these constraints and functional imperatives,
such as minimization of articulatory effort and minimization of perceptual
A unified formal treatment of categorical ("phonological") and gradient ("phonetic")
patterns of variation.
Analogical models of language, particularly "instance-" or "exemplar-based"
models. My current thinking on this is sketched in the following paper:
Preliminary thoughts on "phonologization" within an exemplar-based speech
Fieldwork on Dene Soulhine
(Chipewyan) (with Sally Rice) and on Upper Necaxa Totonac (with
Analysis of the phonotactics of Totonac (with Eleni Varelas), in terms of
perceptual phonetic factors.
for a draft of our paper.