I’m a third-year grad student in the linguistics department at UCLA.

Broadly, my work deals in theoretical phonology, with particular interest in learning, phonotactics, and the phonology-(morpho)syntax interface. Narrowly, I am interested in the 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, Kie Zuraw, and Jesse Harris, and I’m affiliated with the UCLA Phonetics Lab, the UCLA Language Processing Lab, and the Shih Language & Computation (ShLAC) Lab at USC.

To learn more about my research, visit this page. To see where some of it has been presented, see my CV.


Recent updates:

  • 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.