I am a PhD student at UC Berkeley with an interest in the Wintuan languages, traditionally spoken in the northern Sacramento Valley of California.
The Wintuan languages (Wintu, Nomlaki, & Patwin) are among the least documented in North America, with Nomlaki having neither a grammar nor dictionary and less than an hour of spoken audio.
My primary research interests are in leveraging archival recordings for the phonetic and phonological analysis of these and similarly under-documented languages, as well as
exploring how deep learning can be used to supplement revitalization, particularly text-to-speech. I have worked as a linguistic consultant for the
Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians since 2020 and the
Wintu Tribe of Northern California since 2022. I am also currently a Data Science Fellow at the UC Berkeley
My recently completed second qualifying paper (in preparation) focuses on developing a ToBI style system of transcription for Patwin (PaToBI). PaToBI is then used to identify common
intonational patterns across text and elicitation, which are compared with those suggested by computational methods such as Kaland (2021).
My advisor is Keith Johnson.
Berkeley, CA, USA