I'm a seventh 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 word learning and the acquisition of phoneme categories.

Categorical distinctions between speech sounds are made on the basis of distinguishing intentional timing relationships between articulatory gestures. This task is complicated by the enormous variation in speech patterns found within speakers of a single language. Language learners must infer linguistic categories from acoustic and visual sensory data, but how does their knowledge of speaker identity shape this process? In my doctoral work, I am modeling how processes categorizing speakers as representative and/or knowledgeable necessarily shape the learner's strategies in phonological and word learning problems.

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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