I am a Professor of Linguistics and Chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of North Texas.


I received my Ph.D. from Yale University in 2009. My advisor at Yale was Larry Horn. Before I went to Yale I did an M.A. in linguistics and literature at the University of North Texas, where my advisor was Haj Ross.


I do research in the semantics-pragmatics interface and sociolinguistics. I’m interested in Creole languages of the U.S. and Caribbean as well as regional and social variation in the U.S., including Southern vernacular Englishes in general, and especially in Texas.


At UNT I teach courses in semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and language variation.