042 Social Sciences & Humanities
OSU, Stillwater, OK 74078
valerie.freeman at okstate.edu
As a sociophonetician, my research concerns variation in phonetic production and perception. My projects include investigations of dialect variation and change in Oklahoma and Pacific Northwest English, the intelligibility of deaf cochlear implant users and how people judge their personalities from their speech, prosodic features of stance (how intonation conveys attitudes/opinions), the perception of speech rate, remote data collection methods, and ways to improve abled/native speakers' understanding of accented/disordered speech.
I am an associate professor in Communication Sciences & Disorders at Oklahoma State University, where I direct the Sociophonetics Lab. I was previously a postdoctoral research fellow in the Speech Research Lab in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. I earned my PhD and MA in Linguistics at the University of Washington, where I worked in the Phonetics Lab and taught linguistics and Spanish.