My doctoral research concerns word stress in Indo-European from an acoustic-phonetic perspective. I am exploring how acoustic gradience, as perceived by listeners, may lead to categorical judgments, and so underlie historic accent shift — such as the trajectory from dynamic/lexically specified accent to weight-sensitive stress in Latin — and changes in the nature of the accent. I am interested in the reconstruction of the Proto-Indo-European accent and I aim to apply computational techniques and laboratory phonology to the question of what this accent might have sounded like.
I am a member of Wolfson College and I am currently giving tutorials to undergraduate students in Wadham, St Peter’s, St Catherine’s and St Hilda’s colleges, and contribute as demonstrator on the graduate experimental phonetics course. Previously I gave FHS lectures for paper B1 (Phonetics and Phonology).
Before coming to Oxford I was engaged in teaching and research in linguistics, and worked in forensic phonetic casework and text-to-speech technology.