Grant M. Berry

Grant M. Berry

Language Engineer at Amazon
Office Address: 442 Burrowes Building



Research Interests: Phonetics and Phonology; Language Variation and Change; Bilingualism; Psycholinguistics

I study how the strategies we use to direct attention and resolve conflict in our environment influence the way we integrate the linguistic variation we are exposed to into our own production, particularly when that variation has social meaning. I am interested in how differences in processing strategies among individuals may differentiate their usage of linguistic structures over time (e.g., in sound change). To address these questions, I utilize behavioral (laboratory experiments), ethnographic (sociolinguistic interviews), discourse-based (corpus analysis), and computational (simulation, probabilistic modeling) methodologies.

My dissertation, which explores these topics in both the laboratory (people at Penn State) and the field (the Puerto Rican community in Philadelphia), was funded by the National Science Foundation. My dissertation director is Rena Torres Cacoullos.

Links to publications, data, computer scripts, and an updated CV are available on my website (; you can also feel free to contact me via email.

Grant M. Berry