I'm interested in sociolinguistics, specifically, how language both reflects and creates identities. The overarching question guiding my work is what the language we use says about who we are. I'm currently writing my dissertation on the language practices of members of an Asian American sorority.
Upcoming & Recent Presentations
NWAV 43, Chicago, IL, 23-26 October 2014
"Backed, monophthongal GOAT among Asian Americans in the Mid-Atlantic United States"
2013. Social Evaluation of Asian Accented English. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 19.2, Article 3.
2013. An acoustic study of the MARY-MERRY-MARRY vowels in the Mid-Atlantic United States. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 19: 060255.
2013. Social Evaluation of Asian Accented English in the United States. Newcastle Working Papers in Linguistics 19.1: 22-41.
Note: Students wishing to see what a QP in sociolinguistics or phonetics looks like should feel free to email me for a copy of one or both of the below.
An acoustic study of the MARY-MERRY-MARRY vowels in the Mid-Atlantic United States
2nd Qualifying Paper, defended 28 August 2012
Committee: Lisa Davidson (chair), Gillian Gallagher, Greg Guy
Social Evaluation of Asian Accented English
1st Qualifying Paper, defended 28 February 2012
Committee: Greg Guy (chair), Renee Blake, John Singler
University of Washington
B.A., Linguistics, 2007
Spring 2015, TA for Sex, Gender, & Language, with Louise Vasvari
Fall 2014, TA for Sound and Language, with Lisa Davidson
Summer 2013, Co-instructor for Language, with Allison Shapp
Spring 2013, TA for Sex, Gender, & Language, with Louise Vasvari
Fall 2012, TA for Language and Society, with John Singler
Spring 2011, TA for Language, with Gillian Gallagher
Fall 2010, TA for Bilingualism, with Zvjezdana Vrzic
LANYU President, 2011-12
Linguistics Department Webmaster, 2010-2014
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Awards & Honors
- English (native)
- Mandarin (conversational)
- French (elementary)
PhD: Plan vs. Reality
Wondermark: Defending your thesis
FAQ: The "Snake Fight" Portion of Your Thesis Defense