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.
- Poster presentation at CUNY 2019, Boulder CO – Phonotactic markedness increases processing costs in speech production [poster]