University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. I specialize in sociophonetics. My research examines the link between the way that someone sounds when they talk and that speaker's social characteristics. I am especially interested in aspects of identity as well as the links between different levels of the grammar (e.g., effects of token frequency on phonetic reduction). I use ethnographic, variationist, and experimental methods in my work, and I look at both speech production and speech perception.
In addition to teaching, I am director of the Sociolinguistics Lab, co-director of the Charlene Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole and Dialect Studies, and convener of the In-Group and co-convener of Da Pidgin Coup.
I am especially interested in advising students who are interested in working on sociolinguistic variation in indigenous and minority languages and students who are interested in using experimental methods to answer questions about phonetics, lexical access, and social meaning.