I’m a phonologist who works on questions of linguistic theory using computational and experimental methods. I work in the Computational Psycholinguistics Lab in the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at MIT, supervised by Roger Levy, and affiliated with the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab.
My CV can be found here.
My research is in theoretical, computational, and experimental phonology, with particular interest in learning/acquisition, the representation of overlapping and interacting phonological processes, and phonology’s interfaces with (morpho)syntax and the lexicon.
- Output-based identity effects are cases where the phonological and lexical characteristics of non-local surface forms in a paradigm impact variable phonological phenomena. My dissertation focused on Lexical Conservatism in English and Mexican Spanish, and I also work on Paradigm Uniformity in Tōhoku Japanese in collaboration with Hiro Katsuda (UCLA) and Shigeto Kawahara (Keio U.): descriptive paper here, analysis of corpus data here.
- Constraint cumulativity is also the topic of a major line of research; see papers here (2020 in Phonology), here (resubmitted to Glossa, with Adam Albright – MIT), and here (2021 in Laboratory Phonology, with Shigeto Kawahara).
- Phonological influences on syntax are something I think a lot about; see here (published in Language, with Bruce Hayes – UCLA).
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.
Feel free to get in touch: first name æt mit dɑt edu.
- I’ve accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Phonological Theory at the University of Southern California, which I’ll start in Fall 2023!
- I’m giving a colloquium at the UMass Amherst Linguistics Department on Friday, March 4th. [slides]