I'm an Assistant Professor in the Program in Linguistics at the University of Georgia. I am also a member of its Department of Romance Languages, and faculty at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence.
I study spoken language in order to improve our models of speech from both the speaker’s and the listener’s point of view. My research projects are rooted in the tradition of laboratory phonology, an approach which integrates experimental methods with more abstract linguistic representations of sound structure. I apply phonetic methodologies to gain insight on topics such as the nature of phonological contrast, the realization of phonological rules in everyday speech, the origins of phonological alternations, and the role of phonotactics in speech production and perception.
My recent projects include:
- Marginal contrast in phonology [LabPhon15 workshop]
- Large-scale corpus studies of English consonants [Phonology article] [Word Joins] [Audio BNC]
- The phonetics & phonology of vowels in Romanian [book] [new paper]
- Variation in the Italian vowel space [article in Laboratory Phonology]
- Contrast among Catalan vowels [article in Journal of Phonetics]
- The acoustics of Southern speech [NSF grant] [NPR interview] [LAGS]
- Speech rhythm
Most people know me as Peggy.
Here's a bit more about me.