My principal research interest is poetic meter. I've worked on developing a general theory of meter as a stylization of the phonology of rhythm in natural language, with a special interest in how such a theory can illuminate formal, historical and aesthetic properties of modern English meters. From a similar perspective I've also explored rhyme and alliteration; rhythmic aspects of setting words to music; and occasional related characteristics of dance. These inquiries all bear on broader questions of how art forms relate to natural human perceptual faculties, and why aesthetic qualities of our environment and experience matter.
I am writing a book called "An Art that Nature Makes": A Linguistic Perspective on Meter in English.