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Eric is broadly interested in language contact, sociolinguistics and phonology. His specific interests include pidgins and creoles, contact-induced sound change, and the language ideologies and sociolinguistics of contact situations.
His qualifying paper described and analyzed a shared and innovative phonological system in the heritage languages of second generation Southeast Asian-Americans. His dissertation currently focuses on the interaction between ideologies about the "acrolectal" and "basilectal" varieties of Cape Verdean Creole; decreolization; and linguistic perception and practice.
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