I received my Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Maryland, specializing in first language acquisition. After graduation, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Boston University, and then in the School of Philosophy and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Southern California.
Most of my work investigates the mechanisms underlying successful language acquisition. I examine the role of the learner’s biases, memory, processing abilities, and social-communicative skills, as well as the input provided to the learner in language learning. I ask how young learners learn and remember the meanings of novel words, how they parse sentences, and how perceive the non-linguistic world around them.
I am broadly interested in studying human cognition using language as a window and aims to bring together multi-disciplinary perspectives to inform my work on language acquisition.