I am interested in the nature of linguistic representations: the principles or properties associated with well-formed linguistic representations and how adult native speakers use these principles/properties to process utterances. I investigate these topics with the broader goal of addressing a more basic question about human language and cognition: how children become proficient speakers of languages despite limited and noisy linguistic input. In terms of methods, I use formal experiments to complement informal judgments, and look at corpora to understand the kind of input learners receive.
As someone who grew up in a multilingual, code-switching environment, I am also interested in linguistic variation and language contact. I previously worked on the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project with Raffaella Zanuttini.
My CV can be accessed here.
Languages: English (including colloquial Singapore English), Chinese (Mandarin, Chaozhou (Southern Min)), Indonesian / Malay, some Japanese