Contact between unrelated languages is my core area of interest, including both language-internal and sociolinguistic changes that arise from contact.
Language maintenance and shift
My dissertation will look at language choice from generation to generation in Inner Mongolia, China. Part of the study design is shown in these slides from the 2014 Urban Linguistics Seminar conference in Hohhot. Preliminary results are shown in this poster from the 2015 New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) conference in Toronto. The committee consists of Professors Sharon Hargus (chair), Stevan Harrell, Richard Wright and Betsy Evans.
Phonology of languages in contact
In 2011 I made some field recordings to investigate the phonological adaptation of Chinese and Russian loanwords into different dialects of Modern Mongolian. That work is briefly documented in these slides from my presentation at the workshop on "Loanwords as evidence in formal linguistics" at the 2012 annual meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea, and extensively documented in my 2013 MA thesis.