This page contains some information about me. It also hosts papers, posters (PDFs with DOI on figshare.com), talks (some with links to slides), an overview of upcoming and past events I attend (and sometimes even host), and some project descriptions on completed and ongoing work.
My main research focus is on early first language acquisition, because it continues to puzzle me how babies become proficient speakers of their native language. I study this complex topic with experiments, large-scale collaborations, corpus analyses, meta-analyses, and computational models.
I am currently a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholingustics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, where I am part of the Language Development Department (LaDD). Under the direction of Caroline Rowland, I explore how infants build their lexicon in the face of variable environments to shed light on the internal biases and external stimulation that work together to help children become proficient native speakers. In particular, I focus on parents and study how their beliefs about learning and development influence infants' environment and input.
I was previously working on the VIOLA project, supported by a postdoctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship at the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (LSCP) which is part of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. I worked with Alejandrina Cristia and her team (including collaborator Sho Tsuji) as well as Emmanuel Dupoux and his Bootphon Team. In 2014, I completed my PhD on computational models of early language acquisition and the role of different voices at Radboud University Nijmegen and the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, The Netherlands. My supervisors were Prof. Paula Fikkert, Prof. Lou Boves, and Dr. Louis ten Bosch.