NIH-NIDCD Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Maryland, College Park
I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences and the Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing at the University of Maryland. I received my PhD in Linguistics from UC Berkeley in August of 2020.
My research specialization is in phonetics and speech development, including:
- Developmentally. How do children master complex phonetic patterns during periods of rapid anatomical change?
- Cross-linguistically. How is phonetic variation encoded across different languages?
- Experientially. How does sensory experience affect speech patterning?
To address these questions, I combine classic methods in linguistic phonetics and psycholinguistics such as in-situ fieldwork, articulatory modeling, and acoustic measurement, with newer approaches such as crowdsourcing, eye-tracking, and the analysis of largescale, natualistic speech databases.
In my work, I often use children as model systems because they undergo tremendous physiological and cognitive changes within a very short period of time, making them ideal testing grounds for theories of phonetic variation, learning, and change.
- I accepted a position as assistant professor of linguistics at UCLA, starting July 2023!
- Our research group has a new pre-print available to download. In an eyetracking study, we find that preschoolers with severe to profound hearing loss who use cochlear implants process familiar words just like children with typical hearing, but the implant's signal limits their sensitivity to mispronounced words.
- My paper "Language exposure predicts children’s phonetic patterning: Evidence from language shift" has been accepted to Language.