- Dialectal variation
- Language cognition
- Language change
- Co-director, The Speech Lab @ Virginia Tech
- Chair, organizing committee for conference on Sociolinguistic Variation and Language Processing (SVALP) 2016 http://www.cpe.vt.edu/svalp/
- Undergraduate Committee
- Ph.D. The Ohio State University
- M.A. University of Canterbury
- B.A. (Hons) University of Canterbury
Awards and Honors
2015-2017; National Science Foundation (BCS 1530780); Co-PI with Katie Carmichael ($31,367 towards costs of hosting international conference on Sociolinguistic Variation and Language Processing (SVALP))
2014-2015; Niles Research Grant; College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech; ($4000 for experimental costs)
2013; Undergraduate Teaching Award; Department of Linguistics, The Ohio State University
Walker, Abby & Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (2015). Repeat what after whom? Exploring variable selectivity in a cross-dialectal shadowing task. Frontiers in Psychology, 6 (546).
Hay, Jennifer, Janet Pierrehumbert, Abby Walker & Patrick LaShell (2015). Tracking word frequency effects through 130 years of sound change. Cognition, 139: 83-91.
Walker, Abby (2014). The role of syntax in rating voices and voices in rating syntax in New Zealand English. To appear in New Zealand English Journal.
Walker, Abby & Jennifer Hay (2011). Congruence between ‘word age’ and ‘voice age’ facilitates lexical access. Laboratory Phonology 1(2): 219–237
Walker, Abby, Christina García, Yomi Cortés & Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (2014). Comparing social meanings across listener and speaker groups: the indexical field of Spanish /s/. Language Variation and Change 26: 169–189.
Wanjema, Shontael, Katie Carmichael, Abby Walker, & Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (2013). The OhioSpeaks Project: Engaging undergraduates in sociolinguistic research. American Speech 88 (2): 223-235.
Love, Jessica & Abby Walker (2013). Football versus football: Effect of topic on /r/ realization in American and English sports fans. Language and Speech 56 (4): 443–460
Drager, Katie, Jennifer Hay, & Abby Walker (2010). Pronounced rivalries: Attitudes and speech production. Te Reo 53: 27–53