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 phonological acquisition, comparing the acquisition process of first 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: Recoverability, predictability, statistical learning, phonotactics, 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

Manuscripts

in prep "Learning to reduce and recover: The role of phonotactics and alternations in Japanese high vowel reduction" (with Frans Adriaans).
in prep "Developmental changes in Japanese speakers' production of English monophthongs" (with Kakeru Yazawa, Takayuki Konishi, Mariko Kondo, and Paola Escudero).
under revision "Language-dependent cue weighting: An investigation of perception modes in L2 learning" (with Kakeru Yazawa, Paola Escudero, and Mariko Kondo).
under revision "Effects of phonotactic predictability on sensitivity to phonetic detail". [draft]
2017 Shaping speech patterns via predictability and recoverability. Doctoral dissertation, New York University.  [LingBuzz]

Publications

2018 "Recoverability-driven coarticulation: Acoustic evidence from Japanese high vowel devoicing". JASA 143(2)[pub][pre-print][stim]
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

2018 "Syllabification of consonant clusters by L1 Japanese L2 English speakers". Poster at HISPhonCog 2018; Seoul, Korea; May 18-19, 2018. 
2018 "Effects of cognitive development in speech perception" (with Paola Escudero and Alba Tuninetti). Talk at HISPhonCog 2018; Seoul, Korea; May 18-19, 2018. 
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. [poster]
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

MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development
Western Sydney University
Bullecourt Avenue
Milperra NSW 2214
Australia