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.
- I’m presenting a talk titled “Investigating the learnability of gang effects” at the 2019 LSA Annual Meeting in New York City. Handout here.
- I presented a talk titled “On the role of phonotactic markedness in speech production” on December 9th, 2018 at the California Meeting on Psycholinguistics at USC. Slides are here.
- 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!