Sociolinguistics of less commonly studied languages, language variation and change, dialects, language and identity, tone, linguistic contact, sociophonetics, sociotonetics, clan-based societies (exogamy, dialect contact), Sui (China) and other Tai-Kadai languages, Hmong communities in the U.S., computational modeling of language variation and change, New England English dialects.
With Dennis Preston, eds. 2009: Variation in indigenous minority languages. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins (Impact series). Link to book information
2013: Methods in tone dialectology: A sociotonetic perspective. In Alena Barysevich, Alexandra D'Arcy & David Heap (eds), Proceedings from the Fourteenth International Conference on Methods in Dialectology, 2011. University of Bamberg Studies in Linguistics, vol. 55. Frankfurt: Peter Lang. 276-292.
2013: Lexicalized poetry: Aesthetic patterns in the Sui adjective lexicon. Invited chapter in Jeffrey P. Williams (ed), The aesthetics of grammar: Sound and meaning in the languages of mainland Southeast Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 151-66.
2013: With Yanhong Pan. The sociolinguistics of exogamy: Dialect acquisition in a Zhuang village. Journal of Sociolinguistics 17(5): 573-607. Link to abstract/download article
2013: With Laurence A. Kenny. Revisiting transmission and diffusion: An agent-based model of vowel chain shifts across large communities: Language Variation and Change 25(2):119-153. Link to abstract/download article
2012: With Thomas Leddy-Cecere and Kenneth Baclawski. Farewell to the founders: Major dialect changes along the East-West New England border. American Speech 87(2):126-69. Link to abstract/download article
2012: With Jonathan P. Evans. The influence of Mandarin Chinese on minority languages in rural southwest China: A sociolinguistic study of tones in contact. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 215:79-100. Link to abstract/download article
2011: A 50-year comparison of regional dialect variation in the Sui language. Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 4(2):120-43.
2010: Gender, generations, and nations: An experiment in Hmong American discourse and sociophonetics. Language and Communication 30(4):285-96. Link to abstract/download article
2010: With Lindsay Whaley. The sustainability of languages. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability 6(3):111-22
2010: The role of marriage in linguistic contact and variation: Two Hmong dialects in Texas. Journal of Sociolinguistics 14(1):89-115. Link to abstract/download article
2009: "Eating the food of our place": Socio-linguistic loyalties in multi-dialectal Sui villages. Language in Society 38(3):287-309. Link to abstract/download article
2009: Clan as a sociolinguistic variable. In James Stanford & Dennis Preston (eds.), Variation in indigenous minority languages. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins. Link to abstract
2009: With Dennis Preston. The lure of a distant horizon: Variation in indigenous minority languages. In James Stanford & Dennis Preston (eds.), Variation in indigenous minority languages. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins