I am a quantitative sociolinguist who uses laboratory methods. My primary focus is on phonetics and phonology, specifically of regional accents, and on the relationship between synchronic variation and diachronic change. I am particularly interested in the cognitive mechanisms that make us able to cope with (incipient or even one-off) sound changes in the short term, and on how the same synchronic variation can be used to enact historical language change in the long run. I use psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic experiments to tie these research interests together, combined with corpus methods and classic variationist approaches (e.g. rapid anonymous surveys). I have also been involved with some ethnographic work, which I see as a useful complementary approach to my own variationist and laboratory research, but it is not currently my primary research domain. Some people also think that I am a statistician, but that is perhaps an overstatement, although I do use modern statistical analyses in my research (e.g. mixed-effects models, generalized additive models, regression trees, permutation tests, etc.) and appreciate how they work technically and mathematically.