Daniel Villareal

Daniel Villarreal

Internal Phone: 92626

Qualifications

At its core, my research addresses how speakers and listeners construct social meanings of language variation, as social meaning connects patterns of language variation with the wider social world. I have investigated social meanings primarily through perceptual experiments that measure listeners' reactions to variable forms, such as vowel shifts and intonation contours. In so doing, I seek to learn more about the mechanics of social meanings: how meanings manifest differently in production vs. perception, how a feature's meanings change as the feature expands to new geographic spaces, and how the strength of a meaning is related to how strongly the feature is represented.

These interests converge in the Royal Society of NZ Marsden funded projects I'm working on at NZILBB: Recency effects in spoken New Zealand English (with Lynn Clark) and What is the Southland accent? (with Lynn Clark, Kevin Watson, and Jen Hay).