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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 landscape, and explore the interactional/stylistic social meanings and their associated phonetic realizations and cognitive processes, drawing connections in psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, and pragmatics. My dissertation research examines how speech variation contextualizes social relations in interactions 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 cross-linguistic perception of intonation.


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.