The main goal of my research is to understand how phonetic details fit into phonological representations, and how that is reflected in perception and production. Within this, I have two interconnected lines of research: Synchronic patterns of details in perception and production, and reconstructions of how shifts in cue usage can lead to diachronic change. Experimental data, in combination with traditional comparative methods, can elucidate questions about sound change, and in turn, patterns of sound change can further our understanding of biases in phonological interpretation of phonetic input.

I am currently analyzing evidence for shared phonetic details at the featural level: Shifts in category boundaries based on exposure to manipulations in one vowel quality are extended to other vowels with shared features.

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