Abby Walker

Abby Walker

Abby Walker

Assistant Professor


409 Shanks Hall 
180 Turner Street, NW 
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061


(540) 231-5138


Department Membership



  • Sociolinguistics
  • Phonetics
  • Dialectal variation
  • Language cognition
  • Language change

Professional Activities

  • Co-director, The Speech Lab @ Virginia Tech
  • Chair, organizing committee for conference on Sociolinguistic Variation and Language Processing (SVALP) 2016
  • Undergraduate Committee


  • Ph.D. The Ohio State University
  • M.A. University of Canterbury
  • B.A. (Hons) University of Canterbury

Research Interests

    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

    Selected Publications


    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