I am an Assistant Professor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University, where I direct the Purdue Language Learning and Meaning Acquisition (LLAMA) laboratory.
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My research explores how we use our knowledge to support language skills like word learning, and sentence comprehension. Links to my recent publications and CV can be found above. Some recent research questions have included:
- How does knowledge and experience affect the way we understand and learn language?
- How does semantic structure in toddlers' vocabulary knowledge interact with language processing and word learning?
- How do children use their growing understanding of the world to understand words and sentences?
- How do we use sentence contexts to learn words?
- How do our brains rapidly learn word meanings?