Hey there! I am a fourth year PhD candidate in Linguistics at Cornell University, where I am a member of the Cornell Phonetics Lab. Before coming to Cornell, I received my B.A. in Linguistics and my B.A. in French from Indiana University, Bloomington.


  • Current Project

    This spring I defended my second qualifying paper under the direction of Drs. Miloje Despic (chair), Marten van Schijndel, and Draga Zec. Using corpus methods, I investigated phonological markedness effects on word order in Italian noun-adjective pairs, looking at stress clash, phonological weight (i.e., length), and vowel hiatus. Semantic effects were considered as well.

  • Research Interests

    My research interests are broadly in phonetics and phonology: how these interact and where they overlap. I'm into laboratory phonology, experimental phonetics, and computational linguistics.

  • Papers

    Blake, Katherine. (2019). Effects of contrast articulatory precision on the realization of sibilants. Qualifying Paper, under Drs. Abby Cohn (chair), Sam Tilsen, and Draga Zec.

    Blake, Katherine. (2020). Phonological effects on noun-adjective ordering in Italian. Qualifying Paper, under Drs. Miloje Despic (chair), Marten van Schijndel, and Draga Zec.

  • Select Presentations

    Blake, Katherine. (2020). Phonological markedness effects on noun-adjective word order in Italian. Talk at the 2020 Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP). University of California Santa Cruz, Online.
    Blake, Katherine. (2017). Rhoticity in Cajun French. Poster Presented at the Linguistics Club at Indiana University Spring 2017 Conference. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.


  • French Conversation Instructor Spring 2016
  • FREN1210 Teaching Assistant Fall 2018, Fall 2019
  • FREN1220 Teaching Assistant Spring 2019
  • Intro Phon/Phon Teaching Assistant Spring 2020
  • Intro to Linguistics Teaching Assistant Fall 2020

I have several years of experience in instruction. During the semester I studied abroad in France (Spring 2015), I spent time helping local middle school students with their English homework and exam review at an after-school program for at-risk youth. At Indiana University during my undergrad, I was an instructor for a French conversation class offered to first- and second-year French students where I developed student-centered speaking activities geared towards improving their oral fluency. During that same semester at IU, I tutored other undergrads taking Dr. Kelly H. Berkson (my former advisor)'s Phonology class, helping them with problem sets, phonological theories, and exam review. Since coming to Cornell, I have been a Teaching Assistant for first year French (FREN1210, 1220) under the direction of Dr. Claire Menard. This past spring I was a TA for Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology, under the direction of Dr. Draga Zec. I taught two discussion sections, graded assignments, contributed to exams, and held office hours. This fall I am the TA for Introduction to Linguistics, under the direction of Dr. Miloje Despić. I am managing the all online materials (Canvas, Zoom) and leading a discussion section.

Other things I'm up to

This fall I'm continuing part-time as a senior computational/programmer analyst
for the Army Research Laboratory, working under Dr. Steve LaRocca on various speech techonology projects.
I am also a member of the committee for World Languages Day at Cornell.
Outside of Linguistics, I have a few creative hobbies: I like to craft, embroider, and play flute.
I also enjoy backpacking, running, and traveling with my partner Max Nelson, who is also a linguist!