I am a linguist, more precisely a phonologist and phonetician, and my areas of interest include:
- phonological features, especially their emergence in a non-nativist approach,
- perceptual cues to segmental contrasts from a synchronic, diachronic and typological perspective,
- acquisition and learnability of phonological categories and restrictions by adults and infants,
- computer simulations of phonological and phonetic acquisition,
- and retroflexes in all shapes and flavours!
Currently, I'm working on the perceptual motivation of the Southern British English /u/-fronting (with Kateřina Chládková, Daniel Williams and Sam Hellmuth), including a computer simulation of this process. Furthermore, I'm looking at the restrictions on speech perception by amusics (with Jasmin Pfeifer and Mats Exter). And I started working on the phonetics and phonology of Bantu languages (with Nancy Kula and Laura Downing).