I’m Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I co-direct the UMass Computational Phonology lab with Gaja Jarosz and Kristine Yu and the the UMass Initiative in Cognitive Science with Lisa Sanders.
I also like to help facilitate wider scholarly communication. In 2013 I founded the Annual Meeting on Phonology and its proceedings published by the LSA. In 2017 Gaja Jarosz and I founded the Society for Computation in Linguistics, which also has an open access proceedings. Gaja and I have also run Phonolist since January 2016, and started the Northeast Computational Phonology Circle in 2007.
I play, write and record music on an amateur basis. Here‘s the Cars “Just What I Needed” with some of the words replaced by ones taken from Alan Prince’s writings. I play in Les Dérailleurs in the Pioneer Valley, the Jets and Sweats (AKA Hungry Tim) in Kingston Ontario, and the Headless Relatives wherever linguists happen to congregate. I also appear sometimes as Vernon Valiquette doing “Glam-a-Billy” covers.