My grad student Molly Landers was awarded our department's new Jeanette Sias Graduate Research Scholarship! This is in recognition of her work in my lab so far and in support of her continuing thesis work. She has been collecting and analyzing recordings about vowel mergers before /l/ in Oklahoma, and now her thesis will look for relationships between these pronunciations (does pull sound more like pole or pool?) and local pride ("rootedness").
Master's defense & MNSHA
My master's student Madison has successfully defended and submitted her thesis, A multifactor comparison of pragmatics, social relationships, and discrimination among individuals with hearing loss! She will also present her results at the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association online convention. This is the first paper to come out of the DXDX project, and Madison's surveys form the foundation for our next research questions into relationships between sociolinguistic experience and quality of life among people with early hearing loss.
Guest talk at UT Austin
Just gave a guest talk to the phonetics/phonology research group at UT Austin about remote audio/video data collection. Lots of good questions, and what a variety of methodological challenges we're all facing these days! Lots of creative solutions, including one I hadn't thought of: long-distance Q&A via "a volley of voice memos on What's App" when you don't have a reliable enough connection for an extended live conversation.