NIH-NIDCD Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Maryland, College Park
How do young children use the information provided in the world around them to learn speech and language? How do they master complex speech patterns in the face of rapid anatomical change? And what is the status of their phonological representations?
To address these questions, I use experimental and computational methods to study human speech patterns, especially making use of large, naturalistic databases of language. In graduate school, I conducted linguistic fieldwork in southern Bolivia where I collected a largescale corpus of bilingual children acquiring Quechua and Spanish. As a postdoc, I have continued to study children with unique early language experiences, such as children with cochlear implants.
At Maryland, I am training at the Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing and am affiliated with the Learning to Talk (l2t) Lab and Language Development and Perception Lab in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. I am also a co-organizer of the pre-PI level DARCLE (Daylong Audio Recordings of Children's Linguistic Environments) international research group.