"In high school when I first discovered what linguistics is, I started reading about the phonology of Spanish, and came across a debate among researchers about a phonological process in Iberian languages called lenition. I found this debate very interesting, and it was one of my strongest motivations to study linguistics in college. I applied to the Scholars program to develop a solution to this debate and contribute to the research that has inspired my career."
Phonetics, spectrogram analysis, phonology, Optimality Theory, the phonetics-phonology interface, Catalan phonology, Spanish phonology.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Reza Ordoubadian Award for best student paper at SECOL LXXVII (2010)
- UF Department of Spanish and Portuguese scholarship for research in Catalonia (2011)
- Intermediate level of Catalan certification by l'Institut Ramon Llull (2011)
UF English Language Institute conversation partner program.
Hobbies and Interests
- Soccer, tennis, and computers.
This project examines the lenition ("weakening") of the voiced stop phonemes of Catalan: /b, d, g, (ɟ)/. The output of the Catalan lenition process has been debated by phoneticians (e.g. Recasens) and phonologists (e.g. Wheeler). This project aims to formalize a solution that is acceptable both phonetically and phonologically.