Oliver's primary research interest concerns sound change within and across morphological boundaries in Western Romance. He is influenced by cognitive models and interpretations, such as exemplar modeling and phonetic analogy. He is quite interested in Occitan language, culture, and society, focusing on issues such as: inheritance, retention and creation of cultural knowledge, recognition of linguistic knowledge, globalization and identity, and language use in daily life, cultural products, and the media.
Unsurprisingly, Oliver's favorite wines come from Languedoc. He is also a tea enthusiast and enjoys taking walks in nature.
For Spring 2022 & Fall 2022, Oliver is also the Library Fellow of the department's Library of French Thought.
For Summer 2022, he is teaching R1b Language Endangerment in the department of Linguistics
M.A. French, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018
B.A. with Honors Research Distinction, Romance Studies & Linguistics, The Ohio State University, 2016
Interested in learning more about Occitan? Please contact Oliver to learn more about the Occitan Studies Working Group, which he coordinates.