Khia A. Johnson

PhD student | Linguistics | University of British Columbia

I'm a PhD student in linguistics at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Molly Babel. My research focuses on phonetic variation in bilingual speech, for production, comprehension, and the link between them. I'm curious about how sounds are represented, processed, and produced—especially when there are multiple languages in play. Socially conditioned variation is another interest of mine, especially as it relates to non-native accents. I am passionate about connecting research outcomes to practical applications in areas like technology and education. I am part of the UBC Public Scholars Network, as well as the Language Sciences Initiative.

Current Projects

Cantonese-English bilingual speech corpus

I'm developing a conversational corpus of Cantonese-English bilingual speech, with support from the UBC Public Scholars Initiative, as part of my dissertation research. This corpus will have sufficient audio quality for phonetics research, and will be publicly available in the future.

Probabilistic reduction in Spanish-English bilingual speech

I recently presented this work at the 176th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (abstract). Email me if you would like a copy of the poster.