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"Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!"

I'm a PhD candidate at Stanford linguistics. My interests lie in sociophonetics and linguistic anthropology. I approach language as a social practice in a broad cultural, semiotic, and chronotopic landscape. By exploring the phonetic variation and its stylistic/interactional meanings, I aim to understand the ideological processes behind how language and speech shape and reinforce the social reality.  My dissertation research examines how speech variation contextualizes social relations by investigating performances of prominent social types in Beijing, China.

At Stanford, I mainly work with Penny Eckert and Rob Podesva. I am a member of Rob's Interactional Sociophonetics Lab and Meghan Sumner's Phonetics Lab, as well as a member of the Voices of California Project.

Before joining Stanford, I mostly focused on phonetics, prosody, psycholinguitics, and bilingualism while working with Peggy Mok and Gloria Zhang at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. My thesis there examined the perception of intonation in tone languages.


In my spare time, I go to theater (Sondheim is my spirit composer/lyricist, and I have a penchant for small-scale, intimate musical play), museums (for both arts and dinosaurs), and zoos (I wanted to study animal behavior in high school; in a weird way, I am); and I capture "color and light" on "Ordinary Days" on my Instagram. I became a succulent and herp dad during the Covid quaranteen.