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
- ‘Strict Locality and Phonological Maps’ (co-authored with Jeffrey Heinz) published in Linguistic Inquiry 49(1)
- ‘Computational Locality in Morphological Maps’ published in the November 2017 Morphology Special Issue: Computational Methods for Descriptive and Theoretical Morphology. Available here.
- ‘Locality in Phonological Interactions’, talk given at the Rutgers/Delaware/Haverford Workshop on Computational Phonology, Rutgers University, April 28, 2017