BerksonI am an assistant professor of linguistics at Indiana University. I primarily teach courses in phonetics and phonology for graduate students and undergrads. I also run the Phonetics and Phonology Lab, affectionately known as PhonLab.

The members of PhonLab include graduate and UG students who are involved in a number of different research projects–some deal with acoustic analysis of various types of speech sounds, some with perception of various contrasts, and some with 3-dimensional ultrasound imaging of tongue morphology during speech sound production. We tend to be especially interested in liquid consonants these days, as well as in the various ways that phonation type contrasts play out both within specific languages and across languages. You can see some of our recent works by accessing my researchgate page, located here.

I earned my PhD in linguistics from the University of Kansas (2013). I study the acoustics and typology of breathy voiced sounds–in particular, breathy voiced sonorants. I also do work around the issues of language endangerment and revitalization, and have an MA in Global Indigenous Nations Studies.

My linguistics MA research focused on sibilant harmony in Navajo. You can read more about it here.

My Indigenous Studies work involved creating a practical guide to basic linguistic concepts for people involved in community language work. You can read more about it here.

My doctoral research focused on breathy voiced sonorants in Marathi. You can read more about it here.

On this website you’ll find links to my MA thesis and dissertation, a copy of my CV, and a variety of academic resources:  posts about etiquette for undergraduates, how-tos on topics like internet and library research, and so forth.

If you have questions, comments, or want to suggest a topic for an etiquette post, don’t hesitate to do so!


Puzzling over some data with Dr. Steve Politzer-Ahles.