About me

I am a postdoctoral fellow in computational modelling of language learning and processing at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, part of the the Research and Development Division of Western Sydney University. My research investigates how statistical and linguistic cues interact during speech production and perception. I am currently working with Paola Escudero, focusing on phonotactic acquisition, comparing the acquistion process of first language and second language learners through experiments and exploring the underlying mechanisms through computational modeling.

Before starting at MARCS, I did my doctoral work in the department of linguistics at NYU. My advisors were Lisa Davidson and Frans Adriaans.

Research interests

General: Computational modeling, laboratory phonology, language acquisition, speech production and perception.
Specific: Reduction and recoverability, phonotactic learning, crosslinguistic perception, loanword phonology, lexical representation.

Education

2017 PhD in linguistics, NYU.
2007 BA in linguistics and Japanese, UCLA.

Grants and awards

2015-17 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant # 1524133:
   "Predictability and Recoverability of High Vowel Reduction in Speech".
2014 Dean's Student Travel Grant, New York University.
2011-16 MacCracken Graduate Fellowship, New York University.

Research

Publications

under revision "Recoverability-driven coarticulation: Acoustic evidence from Japanese high vowel reduction". [draft]
2017 "Phonotactics and alternations in the acquisition of Japanese high vowel reduction". BUCLD 41 (with Frans Adriaans). [pdf]
2016 "Perception of illegal contrasts: Japanese adaptations of Korean coda obstruents". BLS 36. [pdf]
2014 "An acoustic study of trans-vocalic ejective pairs in Cochabamba Quechua". JIPA 44(2) (with Gillian Gallagher). [pdf]
2014 "Compositionality questions: Quantifier words and their multi-functional(?) parts". Language and Linguistics 15(1) (with Anna Szabolcsi and Vera Zu). [pdf]

Conferences

2016 "Phonotactics and alternations in the acquisition of Japanese high vowel reduction" (with Frans Adriaans). Poster at BUCLD 41; Boston, MA; Nov. 4-6, 2016. 
2016 "The role of phonotactics and alternations in the acquisition of Japanese high vowel reduction" (with Frans Adriaans). Poster at J/K 24; Tokyo, Japan; Oct. 13-16, 2016. 
2016 "Illusory epenthesis and recoverability-conditioned sensitivity to phonetic detail". Poster at LabPhon 15; Ithaca, NY; July 13-16, 2016. 
2016 "Targetless /u/ in Tokyo Japanese". Poster at LabPhon 15; Ithaca, NY; July 13-16, 2016 (with Shigeto Kawahara and Jason Shaw). 
2016 "Effects of recoverability on perception of illusory vowels". Talk at LSA 2016; Washington D.C.; January 7-10, 2016. [slides]
2014 "Acoustic effects of predictability and gender on Japanese high vowel reduction". Poster at LabPhon 14; Tokyo, Japan; July 25-27, 2014. 
2014 "Effects of predictability on vowel reduction". Poster at ASA 167; Providence, RI; May 5-9, 2014. [poster]
2010 "Perception of illegal contrasts: Japanese adaptations of Korean coda obstruents". Talk at BLS 36; Berkeley, CA; February 5-7, 2010. 

Contact

Department of Linguistics
New York University
10 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003
USA