PAPERS:

"Towards a Description of African American Vernacular English Dialect Regions Using 'Black Twitter' ". American Speech.

"Tweets as Graffiti: What The Reconstruction of Vulgar Latin Can Tell Us About Black Twitter" to appear in English in Computer-Mediated Communication, ed. L. Squires (in press).

Semantic Bleaching and the Emergence of New Pronouns in AAVE. (submitted)

"'Eem' Negation in African American English: A Next Step In Jespersen's Cycle?"  in the University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in linguistics (PWPL Vol. 22.1: Proceedings of the 39th Annual Penn Linguistics Conference). Available here.

"Talmbout: An Overlooked Verb of Quotation in AAE" to appear in the University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in linguistics (PWPL Vol. 22.2: Select Papers from NWAV44).

"An Investigation of Intervocalic Affricate Simplification in Mandarin" in the Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Available here. 

"Semantic Bleaching and the Emergence of New Pronouns in AAVE" in LSA Annual Meeting Extended Abstracts (Vol. 6). 2015. With Christopher Hall. Extended Abstract available here.

 

Conference talks:

Upcoming:

"AAE Intensifier 'Dennamug': Syntactic Change in Apparent Time" at NWAV46 in Madison, WI.

"'In my mind I was like': Speaker Strategies for Differentiating Thought and Speech in the Age of Quotative be like", poster presentation with Christopher Hall, at NWAV46 in Madison, WI.

Panel discussion on African American English and the Corpus of Regional African American Language, at LSA2018, in Salt Lake City (Co-authored paper with Jason McLarty and Christopher Hall).

 

Past:

Panel Discussion on African American English at NWAV45 in Vancouver.

Nonstandard Dialect Comprehension in the Courtroom, at LSA 2017 in Austin, TX.

An application of Geostatistics to Atlas of North American English Telephone Survey Data, at ADS 2017 in Austin, TX.

"From Intensifier to Negation: 'Eem' and Jespersen's Cycle in African American English". at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Short abstract here. (Long abstract) winner of LSA Student Abstract Award.

"An Analysis of Rachel Doležal’s Linguistic Performance of “Blackness”",  at the 2016 Annual Meeting of The American Dialect Society. With Christopher Hall. (poster)

" A Morphophonological Account of 'Totes' Constructions in English" at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. With Lauren Spradlin.

"Talmbout: An Overlooked Verb of Quotation" at New Ways of Analyzing Variation 44.

"An Investigation of Intervocalic Affricate Simplification in Mandarin" at the International Congress of Phonetic Science (ICPHS) 2015. With Aletheia Cui. 

"Eem Negation in AAVE: A Next Step in Jespersen's Cycle" at the Penn Linguistics Conference 39.

"‘Yeen kno nun bout dat’: Using Twitter to map AAVE dialect regions" at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Dialect Society.

"Semantic Bleaching and the Emergence of New Pronouns in AAVE" at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. With Christopher Hall. Extended Abstract available here.

Invited talks:

Upcoming:

Guest lecturer on AAE, October 17, 2016. University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Past:

Guest lecturer on AAE, April 5, 2016. Gettysburg College.

"Valley Girls, Black Preachers, and True Scotsmen on the Internet: The Construction of Identity Through Orthography." April 5, 2016. Gettysburg College.

"Nonstandard Dialect Comprehension in the Courtroom" with Jessica Kalbfeld, March 9, 2016. New York University.

Guest lecturer in African American Studies: "Black Tweets Matter" with Christopher Hall, February 10, 2016, University of Texas San Antonio

"From The Tower to the Trenches: Using a Social Science Education Outside of Academia", with Christopher Hall, February 10, 2016, University of Texas San Antonio.

Sociolinguistics Lunch talk, May 8th, 2015,  at New York University.

Sociolinguistics Lunch talk, January 12, 2015, at Stanford University.

Guest lecturer on AAE, January 12, 2015, at Stanford University.

Current projects:

"Court Reporter Comprehension of nonstandard English," with Jessica Kalbfeld, Robin Clark, Steve Kimbrough, and Ryan Hancock. (With a special Research Opportunity Grant from U Penn).

"Implicature and Insult: A Game Theoretic Approach to Micro-aggression"

"An Evolutionary Game Theory Approach to Slang and the Euphemism Treadmill"

"A Phonetic Analysis of the Vowel Space of Contemporary Iranian Persian"

"An Analysis of Persian Vowel Assimilation."

"A Spatial Analysis of Segregation and Basilectal AAE Use on Social Media"

Awards:

LSA Student Abstract Award

American Dialect Society Student Travel Award

Moore Family Memorial Fellowship

Benjamin Franklin Fellowship

 

MEdia:

Discussing the Philadelphia word "jawn" on CBS 3

In Jezebel

In Philly Mag

Discussing Philadelphia slang in the film Creed, in Metro.

Discussing "totes" truncation in the Washington Post.

Discussing the Euphemism Treadmill with Gene Demby on "Here and Now" on NPR.