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Grant Berry
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Biography:

Grant is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese and an active member of the Center for Language Science at The Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include phonetics, phonology, and bilingualism, but the nexus of his research is language variation and change. Grant examines sociodemographic and cognitive behavioral factors that link an individual to his/her community on the level of his/her linguistic production, especially in situations where language is undergoing change or is highly stratified along socioeconomic and/or ethnic lines. His dissertation deals with the predictive capacity of phonetic "talent" in imitating fine phonetic detail, experience/attitudes toward other community members, and differences in cognitive processing style to an individual's relative adoption of community-conditioned patterns of phonological variation. More updated information regarding Grant's research can be found at grantberry.info