I have been a faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Ohio State University since 2007. I am part of the Hispanic Linguistics program, and I conduct my research and teaching within this field.
I work on Phonetics and Phonology, both from a theoretical and an experimental perspective. I am interested in how phonetic data can help us develop theoretical models to explain sound patterns.
I have worked on different topics including: the role of contrast in the shaping of sound patterns – in phonetic processes such as the obstruent voicing effect, and in phonological phenomena such as vowel harmony-, the representation of duration and its linguistic use – including compensatory lengthening and other types of lengthening processes -, and the phonetics and phonology of voicing – including final devoicing and voicing assimilation.
In addition, I am interested in Second Language Acquisition of Phonology, with a focus on new methodologies and instructional implications. I am part of Our Voices/Nuestras Voces project, which combines pedagogy and research in linguistics. More precisely, I work on the component of this project that explores second language acquisition of Spanish pronunciation by native speakers of English.
My mentoring experience has also allowed me to develop expertise in Sociophonetics, especially on how phonetic analysis and understanding can shed light on phonetic variation and vice versa. I have recently started a project on dialect adaptation in singing voices in English. Focusing on the linguistic conditions of this phenomenon, my aim is to shed light on the variable production of certain dialectal features in popular singing by British performers.
I supervise the SPPO Speech Analysis Lab.
2007 Ph.D. in Linguistics, specialization in Hispanic Linguistics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Dissertation: “Minimal contrast and the phonology-phonetics interaction”
2003 M.A. in Linguistics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
2000 B.A. in English Philology, University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain.
1999 Erasmus Student Scheme Scholarship, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany