(Socio)phonetics is infinitely interesting to me. The sounds of language and the ways they vary depending upon the speaker and the context, underlies nearly all of my research questions in some way.
I am interested in articulatory phonetics and using technology, like ultrasound, as a means of visualizing speech. I'm collaborating on a few projects using ultrasound to examine articulation in American English Clear Speech as well as Arabic emphatic and guttural consonant production.
LANGUAGE VARIATION AND CHANGE
The promotion of linguistic diversity is one of my utmost research goals. An important aspect of that, is studying and highlighting the variation that occurs in language and how that variation changes over time. I've been involved in several projects over the years as part of the North Carolina State University Language Diversity Ambassadors and the Language and Life Project. I'm currently working on the Central PA Dialect Project.
Language and Cognition
Working for the Penn State Center for Language, I've been exposed to research exploring the connections between language and cognition. I'm interested in connecting speech perception with speech production both acoustically and articulatorily.
ARABIC AND MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES
I've studied Arabic for over ten years now. The languages, cultures, and histories of the Middle East continue to fascinate me. I'm especially interested in Arabic-English language contact, and the interplay of language and identity as it relates to (trans)migration in the Middle East. I have an ongoing project exploring Lebanese and Lebanese American identity construction in the US.
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