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Hello! Welcome to my humble internet abode. I'm Thomas.

I study how the sounds of language vary and change through space and time. Some of my research aims to understand why the vowel sounds of English change from one generation of speakers to the next. I have also undertaken the first large-scale, multi-speaker investigation of the vowels of Hawaiian. This means that my work touches on issues in endangered language description, sociolinguistics, quantitative experimental methods, theoretical phonology, historical linguistics, and articulatory and acoustic phonetics.

I'm currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at York University in Toronto. I was previously an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York and a postdoctoral researcher on the AHRC-funded project Humans and Machines: Novel Methods for Assessing Speaker Recognition Performance.

I'm from Jackson Heights, a neighborhood in New York City's borough of Queens and the most linguistically diverse community in the world. I speak English, Hawaiian, French, Finnish, and German, understand Hawaiʻi Creole English (Pidgin), and have a reading knowledge of Yiddish and Latin.

In Camden Town, London



University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

PhD student, Department of Linguistics

Dissertation: Haʻina ʻia mai ana ka puana: The vowels of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi

Advisor: Rory Turnbull


University of Cambridge

St Edmund's College

MPhil (Distinction), Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Thesis: The BAD-LAD Split: A Phonetic Investigation

Cambridge, England (by Carolyn Kettig)
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