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A picture of myself

Oh, hello there :)

I'm a theoretical phonologist who sometimes worries a little too much about melodic representation. I'm currently working on my PhD at UCL. For my PhD project I work on a (diacritic-free) floating element account of Welsh mutation. I also work on Element Theory (especially laryngeal contrast in nasals, formalism, and the phonetic interface) and on various aspects of Welsh linguistics (quantity, auxiliary deletion, epenthesis). I also teach on a variety of linguistics courses (see my CV).

When I'm not doing linguistics I enjoy writing software, advocating green politics, cycling, theology, exploring the great outdoors, reading Thoreau, carving spoons, cooking, and Tai Chi Chuan. One of my long-standing dreams is to spend a year or two in a little hut by the beach, preferably in Catalonia or South America, wearing a panama hat with a hole, drinking too much cheap rose and writing bad poetry.

Recent news...

  • Sep '17: My new paper Melodic heads, saliency, and strength in voicing and nasality has appeared in Glossa.
  • Jul '17: Released a new file set on figshare for my forthcoming paper on isograms in English
  • Jun '17: Been nominated for a Student Choice Teaching Award in the category Outstanding Support for Teaching
  • May '17: Presented on Non-Mutation in Welsh at the 25th Manchester Phonology Meeting
  • Apr '17: Presented on my current work on mutation at the UCL PhD Day
  • Mar '17: Gave an outreach talk based on Universal 20 at the UCL Do Something Different Day
  • Sep '16: Presented on epenthesis in Llansteffan Welsh at the 9th Celtic Linguistics Conference (with Caitlin Jones)
  • Aug '16: Successfully upgraded from MPhil to PhD student status
  • Mar '16: Been recommended for award of Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (:
  • Feb '16: Had successful ankle hardware removal surgery. No more beeping at the airport!
  • Jan '16: Been confirmed in the Catholic Church. You may call me Maximilian-Peter