I am currently a PhD student in Linguistics at the University of Toronto. I completed my M.A. in Linguistics at the University of Toronto in 2018 and my B.A. (Hons) in Linguistics at Carleton university in 2017. My current research investigates the perception of pre-velar /æ/-raising (i.e. how Canadians say the word bag) and how that relates to phonological context, metalinguistic awareness and individual production. I am interested in how individual and group differences are correlated with phonetic variation and how this relates to the way we form phonological catetories. I have also investigated gender-based sound symbolic patterns in English, French and Korean given names and how speakers make use of those patterns. More broadly, I am interested in phonetics, phonology and language variation.
Web Design & Development
Prior to studying linguistics, I worked as a web designer. I received a B.Sc. in Web Design and Development from American Sentinel University in 2012. My work in this area primarily involved designing and maintaining WordPress and static HTML websites. I still do some web design and development. Currently, I primarily use my skills in this area to implement online linguistics experiments using jsPsych and a PsychoPy-like framework developed by Na-Young Ryu and Hyoung Seok Kwon.
When I’m not doing linguistics or dabbling in web design, I can often be found talking to my family, spending time with friends or attending mass. Prior to moving to Toronto, I played and coached ringette and was a 4-H leader. I enjoy many forms of dance. I’m currently doing Irish dance, but I’ve also done Canadian step dance, forró, highland, tap, baton and square dance. My interests also include reading, baking and playing cards.