I'm a sixth year PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park, where I'm co-advised by Naomi Feldman and Bill Idsardi. My focus is in computational psycholinguistics: I am interested in the relationship between continuous and discrete representations of speech sounds, with a focus on the acquisition of phoneme categories.

Categorical distinctions between speech sounds are made on the basis of distinguishing intentional timing relationships between articulatory gestures. Language learners must infer these relationships from acoustic and visual sensory data using knowledge of speaker identity and affect. However, this task appears to be complicated by the enormous variation in speech patterns found within languages, and even within specific speakers. I explore these processes using computational modeling and information theory, with the goal of demonstrating that variation within and between speakers is not an obstacle, but a boon to the learner.

Before starting graduate school, I received a BA in Linguistics and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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