My primary area of research is language variation and change, focusing on structural phenomena in the Romance Languages. More generally, I investigate the forces that shape language use and the subsequent effect that these forces have on how language evolves. The most recent extension of this research involves analyzed data from social media for evidence of language change. I am also involved in work related to Spanish/Quechua contact. For a full list of research-related goings on, please see my current CV. Additional information regarding my research and teaching can be found on my personal website. [ORCiD]
I advise graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Romance Languages and the Department of Linguistics. Current students are encouraged to consult the Resources Page of my website. This (non)exhaustive list provides an overview of different resources that will help in your research, teaching, and non-UGA life. Prospective students might have a look at the list of students whose work I’ve directed along with my Advisee Guide.
I also serve as Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Linguistics. Current students should feel free to contact me regarding advisement and any other program-related questions. Prospective students are encouraged to contact me as well with questions related to UGA’s graduate offerings in linguistics.
Imaynalla kashanki? Students interested in the UGA Quechua Language program should contact me for more information. In addition to beginning (QUEC 1001 and 1002) and intermediate (QUEC 2001 and 2002) level language courses, we also offer more advanced courses (QUEC 3001, "Cultural Dialogues in Quechua") that lead to our new Quechua Minor. Undergraduate and graduate students interested in Quechua should also consider applying for a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS).
Some Current Projects:
- Grammaticalization and language change in Romance Languages
- Language variation and change in social media
- Incipient Language Shift in a Southern Latino Community
- Indigenous Languages in Latin America: Contact, Shift, and Maintenance
Other Relevant Information
In Spring 2021, Dr. Chad Howe and Dr. John Hale were selected to participate in the collaborative project titled New Languages for NLP: Building Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Humanities, hosted by the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH), and the US Library of Congress Labs, and Haverford College. Their projects seeks to digitize documents written in Quechua and to use NLP tools to understand questions of authorship and indigenous representation in colonial documents.
Georgia Southern University, BA (1999)
The Ohio State University, MA (2001)
The Ohio State University, PhD (2006)