Hello! I'm a linguist, interested in theoretical phonology and in the spatial and temporal dimensions of language change. I'm a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge, on the ESRC-funded project Investigating the diffusion of morphosyntactic innovations using social media. I have a PhD and MA in Linguistics from the University of Manchester, and a BS in Physics from the California Institute of Technology.

  • I'm interested in various phonological topics (the formation of active classes, the development of phonological rules, sonorant phonology, local and long-distance consonant interactions, the formal structure of phonological representations) and in mathematical models of language change and dialect geography. Uniting these, one of my major current directions is the relationship between geographically-sensitive variation in the structure of related phonological rules and the diachronic pathway of phonologisation.

    My PhD thesis, Similarity and representations in sonorant phonology (December 2018) was supervised by Yuni Kim and Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero. The title was a little misleading; the thesis deals with the nature of class formation and phonologisation in synchrony and diachrony, and with the role that parameters like similarity can play in the organisation of processes of analogical generalisation. There's also a subsidiary focus therein on the Turkic languages, in which I have a particular interest. (Contact me for a copy of the thesis.)

    At Cambridge, I'm working on the ESRC-funded project Investigating the diffusion of morphosyntactic innovations using social media with David Willis, Adrian Leemann, and Tam Blaxter. Our interest is in the spatial patterning of morphosyntactic variation in British English, Welsh, Norwegian-Swedish-Danish, and Turkish; we're building large, geographically-rich corpora of Twitter posts in those languages.

  • Naturalness and generalisation in Turkish vowel-height rules
    Deepthi Gopal & Stephen Nichols
    Geospatial distributions reflect rates of evolution of features of language
    Henri Kauhanen, Deepthi Gopal, Tobias Galla & Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero
    Similarity and representations in sonorant phonology
    Deepthi Gopal
    PhD dissertation, University of Manchester.
    The structural impact of morphological borrowing and convergence
    Deepthi Gopal
    MA dissertation, University of Manchester.
    Using post-measurement information in state discrimination
    Deepthi Gopal & Stephanie Wehner

  • Apparent-time and spatial diffusion in large social-media corpora
    David Willis, Deepthi Gopal, Tam Blaxter, & Adrian Leemann
    NWAV 48, University of Oregon, Eugene.
    Big data for a small language: Mapping variation in Welsh on social media
    David Willis, Deepthi Gopal, Tam Blaxter, & Adrian Leemann
    ICLaVE 10, Fryske Academy, Leeuwarden.
    The rhotic in Jutland Danish
    Deepthi Gopal, Michaela Hejná, & Pavel Šturm
    Fonologi i Norden 2019, University of Edinburgh.
    Geospatial distributions reflect rates of evolution of features of language
    Henri Kauhanen, Deepthi Gopal, Tobias Galla, & Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero
    Spatial Patterns of Language Evolution (SPLEV), Zürich, Switzerland.
    Localising morphosyntactic variation in Welsh Twitter data
    David Willis, Deepthi Gopal, Tam Blaxter, & Adrian Leemann
    Localising morphosyntactic variation in Welsh Twitter data
    David Willis, Deepthi Gopal, Tam Blaxter, & Adrian Leemann
    NWAV 47, New York University.
    Urbanisation and morphosyntactic variation in Twitter data
    David Willis, Deepthi Gopal, Tam Blaxter, & Adrian Leemann
    Urban Language Research · Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz.
    Localising morphosyntactic variation in Twitter data
    Tam Blaxter, Deepthi Gopal, Adrian Leemann & David Willis
    2018 Annual Meeting of the LAGB · University of Sheffield.
    Sonority and the typology of Turkic onset obstruentisation
    Deepthi Gopal
    26th Manchester Phonology Meeting, University of Manchester.
    Sonority and the typology of Turkic onset obstruentisation
    Deepthi Gopal
    Old World Conference in Phonology 15, University College London.
    Spatial distributions of linguistic features are determined by the interaction of
    endogenous and exogenous dynamics
    Henri Kauhanen, Deepthi Gopal, Tobias Galla, & Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero
    Perceptual boundaries and features in Chilean Spanish
    Fernanda Barrientos & Deepthi Gopal
    25th Manchester Phonology Meeting, University of Manchester.
    Modelling similarity-driven phonological generalisations
    Deepthi Gopal, Henri Kauhanen & Stephen Nichols
    4th Workshop on Sound Change, University of Edinburgh.
    Sonorant-conditioned mid vowel lowering in Turkish
    Deepthi Gopal & Stephen Nichols
    Aspiration 'dissimilation' in Tangkhul Naga prefixation
    Deepthi Gopal
    2016 Annual Meeting on Phonology, University of Southern California.
    Aspiration 'dissimilation' in Tangkhul Naga prefixation
    Deepthi Gopal
    2016 Annual Meeting of the LAGB · University of York.
    Sonorant-conditioned mid vowel lowering in Turkish
    Deepthi Gopal & Stephen Nichols
    24th Manchester Phonology Meeting, University of Manchester.
    Nasal-lateral assimilations as Agreement-by-Correspondence
    Deepthi Gopal
    Nasal-lateral interactions: typology and structure
    Deepthi Gopal
    2015 Annual Meeting on Phonology, University of British Columbia.
    Markedness and syllable contact in Kazakh internal sandhi
    Deepthi Gopal
    23rd Manchester Phonology Meeting, University of Manchester.

  • University of Cambridge
    Li13 History of English
    As supervisor
    University of Cambridge
    Li4 History and varieties of English
    As supervisor
    University of Cambridge
    Li11 Historical linguistics
    As lecturer
    University of Manchester
    LELA 20011 Phonology 1
    As TA
    University of Manchester
    LELA 20342 Experimental Phonetics
    As TA
    University of Manchester
    LELA 20281 The Logic of English
    As TA

  • Technical: Python, R, Matlab, Praat analysis & scripting, GIS systems, HTML5/CSS. Languages: English, Swedish, Turkish, French, Spanish (in descending order of proficiency)

  • I was born in Darlington, England, in late 1991. I like string quartets, early-twentieth-century poetry, birdwatching, and very small cups of coffee. There is little actual phonetic realisation of stress in my name, but it's probably in there somewhere.

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