Abby Walker

Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Virginia Tech;

I'm a sociophonetician (or phonesociolinguist?) using primarily experimental methods to investigate what speech production, speech perception, and people perception (based on speech), can tell us about language cognition. 

I'm co-director of The Speech Lab at Virginia Tech, on the committee for the Language Sciences Minor at VT, and a member of VTLx. I've been heavily involved in organizing SECOL 2018SVALP 2016, CUNY 2014CIMSA, and the Workshop on Social Meaning.

Here's my CV! Below you can access my publications!



Hay, Jennifer, Abby Walker, Kauyumari Sanchez & Kirsty Thompson (2019). Abstract social categories facilitate access to socially skewed words. PLOS ONE, pone.0210793.

Walker, Abby (2018). The effect of long-term second dialect exposure on sentence transcription in noise. Journal of Phonetics, 71: 162-176.

Walker, Abby, Jennifer Hay, Katie Drager & Kauyumari Sanchez (2018). Divergence in Speech Perception. Linguistics, 56(1): 257-278.

Mitchell, David, Marivic Lesho & Abby Walker (2017). Folk Perception of African American English Regional Variation. Journal of Linguistic Geography, 5(1):1-16.

Clopper, Cynthia & Abby Walker (2017). Effects of lexical competition and dialect exposure on phonological priming. Language and Speech, 60(1): 85-109. 

Walker, Abby (2016). Advantage Accented? Listener differences in understanding speech in noise. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Selected Papers from NWAV 44, 21 (2).

Walker Abby, & Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (2015). Repeat what after whom? Exploring variable selectivity in a cross-dialectal shadowing task. Frontiers in Psychology, 6 (546). 

Hay, Jennifer, Janet Pierrehumbert, Abby Walker & Patrick LaShell (2015). Tracking word frequency effects through 130 years of sound change. Cognition, 139: 83-91.

Walker, Abby (2014). The role of syntax in rating voices and voices in rating syntax in New Zealand English. New Zealand English Journal, 28: 21-42.

Walker, Abby, Christina García, Yomi Cortés & Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (2014). Comparing social meanings across listener and speaker groups: the indexical field of Spanish /s/. Language Variation and Change 26: 169–189.

Campbell-Kibler, Kathryn, Abby Walker, Shontael Elward & Katie Carmichael (2014). Apparent time and network effects on long-term cross-dialect accommodation among college students. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Selected Papers from NWAV 42, 20 (2).

Love, Jessica & Abby Walker (2013). Football versus football: Effect of topic on /r/ realization in American and English sports fans. Language and Speech 56 (4): 443–460

Wanjema, Shontael, Katie Carmichael, Abby Walker, & Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (2013). The OhioSpeaks Project: Engaging undergraduates in sociolinguistic research. American Speech 88 (2): 223-235.

Hay, Jennifer, Abby Walker, Jayne McKenzie, & Daniel Nielsen (2012). The changing realization of ‘the’ before vowels in New Zealand English." New Zealand English Journal 26: 23-32.

Walker, Abby & Jennifer Hay (2011). Congruence between ‘word age’ and ‘voice age’ facilitates lexical access. Laboratory Phonology 1(2): 219–237

Drager, Katie, Jennifer Hay, & Abby Walker (2010). Pronounced rivalries: Attitudes and speech production. Te Reo 53: 27–53

Walker, Abby (2007). The effect of phonetic detail on perceived speaker age and social class. In J. Trouvain & W. J. Barry (eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS), Saarbrucken, Germany, 6–10 August 2007.

Docherty, Gerry, Jennifer Hay & Abby Walker (2006) Sociophonetic patterning of phrase-final /t/ in New Zealand English. In P. Warren & C. Watson (eds.), Proceedings of the 11th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science & Technology, University of Auckland, New Zealand, December 6-8, 2006.