I'm a proud Midwesterner, having been born in Indiana and grown up in Minnesota. Probably the most linguistically-interesting aspect of my dialect is my Canadian raising, which applies only to /aj/ but can be encountered in unexpected locations ("spider", "tiger", "hire").
I do have interests that fall outside of academia. I'm an amateur genealogist. Among other findings, I'm a direct descendent of Thomas Mayhew, whose vowels Bill Labov once speculated about. I also enjoy writing, reading, and playing any computer game made by Maxis and its successors and Paradox Interactive, as well as various strategy board games. I avidly follow politics, and am a big fan of Canada. I also consider myself an urbanist and a fan of public transportation. I'm also a county collector and a capitol collector.
© 2010-2017 Chris Heffner; Updated 2017-09-02