My research interests revolve around the Spanish varieties of the Southern Cone of South America (Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile), principally in the area of phonetics and phonology, with an emphasis on prosody.
My research is both diachronic and synchronic as well as sociolinguistic. In other words, I study how Spanish was spoken in the past, how it is spoken today, and how past and current linguistic trends can provide clues as to what the language may look like in the future. This helps to illuminate what drives language change in the region. In order to accurately describe each variety, my research focuses on a group of speakers that is diverse both geographically and socially.
I have recently returned from conducting fieldwork in Uruguay (Mar. – Dec. 2022) as a U.S. Student Fulbrighter, gathering data for my dissertation and beyond. As a result I have created a linguistic corpus, Voces de Uruguay, made up of 533 Adult Uruguayan Speakers from across the country, both urban and rural, of different ages, sexes, and education levels. Learn more about my linguistic corpus on it’s dedicated webpage vocesdeuruguay.com