Welcome! I am a computational linguist, specializing in theoretical phonology. My research program is focused on identifying the computational properties of phonological grammars and showing how such properties contribute to our understanding of phonological typology and learning. In particular, I demonstrate the role that computational restrictions on input-output maps play in delimiting the set of ‘possible’ phonological processes. These same restrictions also serve as inductive biases that enable efficient learning of such maps from a finite amount of positive data. This work is necessarily inter-disciplinary, combing insights and methodologies from theoretical linguistics, computer science, grammatical inference, and psycholinguistics.
My CV is available here.
Recent and Upcoming Activity
- ‘How the Structure of the Constraint Space Facilitates Learning’ (co-authored with Jeffrey Heinz, Adam Jardine, and Jonathan Rawski) accepted to the 10th North American Phonology Conference (NAPhCX), which will be held May 4-5 at Concordia University in Montreal.
- Will be giving a talk at this year’s CLS, April 26-28: ‘Computational Locality and Autosegmental Processes’ (co-authored with Adam Jardine)
- Giving a talk ‘Computational Complexity and the Morpho-phonological Interface’ at West Chester University on April 6 and at Penn State Brandywine on April 20.
- Giving a talk at the University of Ottawa as part of a two week visit (March 4-18)!
- ‘Input Strictly Local Opaque Maps’ (co-authored with Jeffrey Heinz and Adam Jardine) is forthcoming in Phonology 35(2)
- ‘Strict Locality and Phonological Maps’ (co-authored with Jeffrey Heinz) published in Linguistic Inquiry 49(1)