I am interested in the listening subject's experience with language. I design perception experiments that incorporate sociolinguistic and anthropological theory to reveal how individual experiences of language are informed by broader societal ideologies. My experiments and data analysis are carefully informed by critical social theories—e.g., raciolinguistics and intersectionality—to reveal how hegemonic and in-group ideologies shape the perceiver's conscious and subconcious opinions about language.
PUBLISHED in Journal of Experimental Phonetics XXXI
IN PRESS in Language Science Press
ABSTRACT ACCEPTED "Social Meanings of Language Variation in Spanish". Special issue in Languages. (Eds: Sonia Barnes and Whitney Chappell):
I analyze discourse as a context-specific, social practice that is informed by social structures of power. I am especially invested in uncovering how hegemonic ideologies undergird "appropriate" language use in public sphere. Relatedly, I use a [feminist] critical discourse analytical praxis to explicitly critique how oppressive processes of naturalization and normativization are products of the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy (see hooks 2000).
SPECIAL PROJECT (in progress at San Quentin Prison):
A semiotic analysis of right-wing surveillance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s linguistic forms (LSA Student Abstract Award, 3rd Prize)
The ideological 'standard' language as a model for learning promulgates a monolithic falsehood that excludes language variation as an inherent component of language. I believe that an inclusive language program strives to dismantle these [neo]colonial conceptualizations of language that historically and presently marginalize entire communities of practice.
PUBLISHED in L2 Journal, (13) 1