Broadly, my work deals in theoretical phonology, with particular interest in learning/acquisition, phonotactics, and the phonology-(morpho)syntax interface. Narrowly, I am interested in exploring the interaction between language-specific and cognition-general biases in language acquisition, acquisition and representation of interacting and overlapping phonological processes (particularly those sometimes characterized as “gang effects” or multiply-triggered processes in the literature), and “upstream” effects of phonological markedness in syntactic concatenation and lexical choice.
Methodologically, I make use of whatever tools are needed for the job: right now, this means computational modeling (Bayesian and otherwise), corpus methods, online surveys of understudied languages, and laboratory experiments of all types.
I’m advised primarily by Bruce Hayes, and I also work with Megha Sundara, Tim Hunter and Jesse Harris. I’m affiliated with the UCLA Phonetics Lab, the UCLA Language Acquisition Lab, and the UCLA Language Processing Lab.
Recent and upcoming:
- My paper with Bruce Hayes “Phonological markedness effects in sentence formation” has been accepted for publication in Language! [pdf]
- Talk “When is a gang effect more than the sum of its parts?” at the 2020 LSA Annual Meeting, January 4th. Collaboration with Adam Albright (MIT) [slides]
- Poster “Extending adaptor grammars to learn phonological alternations” the 2020 meeting of the Society for Computation in Linguistics (SCiL) – co-located with LSA 2020. Collaboration with Colin Wilson (Johns Hopkins) [poster].