Jennifer Nycz


Assistant Professor


Department of Linguistics
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The first thing that drew me to linguistics: the problem sets. I loved scrutinizing a set of data (typically IPA transcriptions of words plus glosses, arranged in neat little columns) and developing an account of the apparent patterns. Nothing's changed, really, except for the data: now I study phonetic and phonological variation, and consider both the linguistic and the social factors which condition it.

I am particularly interested in the division of labor between phonological representations and phonological processes in cases of sociophonetic variation, and how social identities and stances relate to linguistic categories. My current research focuses on second dialect acquisition: how do mobile speakers learn new accent features, and what does this tell us about their minds and their social realities?


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  • Ph.D. (2011) New York University, Linguistics
  • A.B. (2000) Dartmouth College, Linguistics