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.
- Talk “Gang effects are the norm: evidence from artificial grammar learning studies” at the 2019 Annual Meeting on Phonology at Stony Brook, October 12th. [slides]
- Poster “Incorporating phonological and syntactic factors into sentence probability distributions” at the 2019 Annual Meeting on Phonology at Stony Brook, October 13th. Collaboration with Tim Hunter (UCLA) and Bruce Hayes (UCLA). [poster].