I have a background in both speech sciences and human-computer interaction. My research agenda is to bring the worlds of sociophonetics (the study of the social factors that affect speech) and human-computer interaction closer together for both their benefit.

I am a PhD student (currently in my 2nd year) in the Northumbria Social Computing Research Group. My thesis is an account of investigating research methods in the study of speech in public video sharing (e.g. YouTube). I am also interested in all things technology and language related. Other current interests include i) the design, and change in use and meaning of emoji, ii) how our speech changes when interacting with voice user interfaces such as Amazon's Alexa and Siri, and iii) how sociophonetic knowledge can be married with participatory design methods to design the voices used in these devices - amongst other things!

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