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Research interests
Sound change, tone and register, language and music, languages of Southeast Asia

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James Kirby. (2018). Onset pitch perturbations and the cross-linguistic implementation of voicing: Evidence from tonal and non-tonal languages. Journal of Phonetics 71, 326-354. (Special Issue: Marking 50 Years of Research on Voice Onset Time)

James Kirby and Morgan Sonderegger. (2018). Mixed-effects design analysis for experimental phonetics. Journal of Phonetics 70, 70-85. (Special Issue: Emerging Data Analysis in Phonetic Sciences)

Philippa Shoemark, James Kirby and Sharon Goldwater. (2018). Inducing a lexicon of sociolinguistic variables from code-mixed text. In 4th Workshop on Noisy User-Generated Text at EMNLP 2018. (Includes Supplementary Information) Best Paper Award

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James Kirby, Ruoqi Lin. Comparative tonal text-setting in Cantonese and Mandarin popular song. AG "Prosody from a cross-domain perspective: How language speaks to music (and vice versa)", 41th Annual Meeting of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS), Bremen, 6-8 March 2019.

Current projects
Singing in tone: Text-setting constraints in Southeast Asia (AHRC, 2015-2017)
From voicing to register: the evolution of a sound change in Southeast Asia (AHRC, 2018-2020, with Marc Brunelle)
EVOTONE: The emergence and evolution of linguistic tone (ERC Starting Grant, 2018-2023)

Other places
4th International Workshop on Sound Change
Phonetics and Phonology at Edinburgh
Journal of Laboratory Phonology