Khia A. Johnson

PhD Candidate · Linguistics · University of British Columbia

I study phonetic variation in bilingual speech—broadly construed—and think about questions related to processing, representation, and language contact. My dissertation focuses on within-talker (dis)similarities in speech sounds and voice quality across languages, and uses a new Cantonese-English bilingual speech corpus I'm developing. I'm a PhD candidate in the UBC Linguistics Department with Dr. Molly Babel.

Here's my cv (updated Jul. 25, 2020).


July 25, 2020: Our paper Bilingual acoustic voice variation is similarly structured across languages was accepted to Interspeech 2020. Virtual presentation in October. September 2 update: My participation is sponsored by an ISCA Interspeech 2020 Student "Travel" Grant.

May 15, 2020: Our paper SpiCE: A New open-access corpus of conversational bilingual speech in Cantonese and English was published in the LREC 2020 proceedings. June 25 update: The conference was cancelled.

March 27, 2020: I'll be presenting a poster on Uniformity and crosslinguistic influence in Cantonese-English bilingual stops at ISBPAC3, whenever it gets rescheduled.

March 23, 2020: New paper! Lexically-guided perceptual learning in Cantonese-English bilinguals was published in JASA Express Letters.