Broadly, my work deals in theoretical phonology, with particular interest in learning, phonotactics, and the phonology-(morpho)syntax interface. Narrowly, I am interested in exploring the interaction between language-specific and cognition-general biases in language learning, the way people learn and encode variable phonological processes, 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, corpus methods, and lab-based experiments.
I’m advised by Bruce Hayes and Megha Sundara, and I’m affiliated with the UCLA Phonetics Lab, the UCLA Language Acquisition Lab, the UCLA Language Processing Lab, and the Shih Language & Computation (ShLAC) Lab at USC.
- My MA thesis “The role of markedness in phonological processing above the word level” has been accepted! You can find a copy here.
- I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve been selected as a Fellow for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!
- I’m presenting a talk titled “Phonological markedness impacts sentence construction: modeling evidence from Korean and Tagalog” on April 7th at SCaMP (Southern California Meeting on Phonology), taking place at USC, as well as on April 21st at WCCFL36, at UCLA.
- Here’s the handout from my from LSA 2018 talk More on leaking grammars: sentence construction respects phonological markedness – with Bruce Hayes.