Welcome! My name is Madeline (Maddie) Gilbert and I recently defended my dissertation in the Department of Linguistics at NYU, entitled “An experimental and formal investigation of Sevillian Spanish metathesis“.  In September 2022, I will be joining the Labex-EFL project in Paris, working on the project “Phonetic and phonological complexity”.

My primary interests lie in laboratory phonetics and phonology, phonologization, the morphology-phonology interface, sociophonetic variation and change. My dissertation investigates the phonologization of stop-h sequences in Andalusian Spanish, as well as potential cross-linguistic perceptual motivations for this change. I have also investigated stress and morphological complexity in Brazilian Portuguese, and sociophonetic variation and variability in Uruguayan monolingual and bilingual Spanish.

Prior to NYU, I received my BA in Spanish from Middlebury College, where I also studied Linguistics and Italian.  My senior thesis investigated the sociolinguistic variation of rhotics in Buenos Aires Spanish.

If you have questions, comments, or similar interests, I’d love to hear from you!