Deepthi Gopal




I'm interested in various phonological topics (sonorant phonology, local and long-distance consonant interactions, the formal structure of phonological representations) and in mathematical/computational models of language change and dialect geography. I'm wrapping up my PhD in linguistics at the University of Manchester (funded by the School of Arts, Languages, & Cultures), supervised by Yuni Kim and Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero. My thesis deals with issues of phonetic grounding and abstract representation in phonological generalisations. I have a particular interest in the Turkic languages – especially Turkish, Kazakh, and Uzbek – but I've worked on many others.

Currently, I am a researcher at the University of Cambridge, on the ESRC-funded project 'Investigating the diffusion of morphosyntactic innovations using social media' (with David Willis, Adrian Leemann, and Tam Blaxter), looking at variation in British English, Welsh, Norwegian, and Turkish.


My MA (with distinction; Distinguished Achievement Award) in linguistics, also at Manchester, was supervised by Yaron Matras in 2013–2014; my dissertation discussed the structural/systemic effects of contact-induced morphological change on 'recipient' languages.

Even earlier: from 2007 to 2011, I was an undergraduate at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, where I received a BS in physics (with honors), and was involved in various research projects in theoretical physics. In 2011–2012, I was a research intern in quantum computation at the National University of Singapore.