I’m a Provost’s postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. My current research is in the area of raciolinguistics. Specifically, I want to learn more about how immigrants to Canada (like me) who speak with a non-Canadian accent might be perceived as less (or more) employable when prospective employers hear them. Beyond this, I want to look at strategies we can implement to reduce accent/language discrimination in the workplace.
I like to conduct Linguistics research that directly addresses societal problems. My doctoral work aimed at establishing phonological acquisition norms for Trinidadian preschoolers, since we currently lack such descriptions. This work took me to all corners of the island over three months to gather data from 147 children. I am still working with this data to describe morphosyntactic norms.
On a recreational level, I enjoy conlanging. My final year undergraduate project was an invented Spanish-based Creole in Cuba called Ecaboro and since then, I’ve been interested in doing more projects like that. My dream job might be inventing languages for TV/film, à la Na’vi, Dothraki or Belter Creole.
You can read more about my current research here.
Key interests: sociolinguistics, raciolinguistics, language acquisition, Creole contexts, conlanging