Khia A. Johnson

PhD Candidate · Linguistics · University of British Columbia

I study phonetic variation in bilingual speech production and comprehension, with an eye towards big picture questions about processing, representation, and language contact. My dissertation research focuses on within-talker (dis)similarities in speech sounds and voice quality across languages, and uses a new (forthcoming) corpus of Cantonese-English bilingual speech.

I'm currently a PhD candidate in linguistics at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Molly Babel.


  • I'll be presenting a poster on Uniformity and crosslinguistic influence in Cantonese-English bilingual stops at ISBPAC3, whenever it gets rescheduled.
  • Our paper SpiCE: A New open-access corpus of conversational bilingual speech in Cantonese and English was published on May 15, 2020 in the LREC 2020 proceedings. Here' the pdf.
  • New paper! Lexically-guided perceptual learning in Cantonese-English bilinguals was published in JASA Express letters on March 23, 2020. Here's the pdf and doi.