- Travis Major and I presented our poster "Towards a phonological model of Uyghur intonation" at Speech Prosody 9 in Poznań, Poland from June 13th - 16th. The proceedings paper can be found here.
- I presented a poster with Megha Sundara titled "Does the developing lexicon constrain infants' learning of English vowels?" at the International Congress of Infant Studies in Philadelphia from June 30th - July 3rd.
- I will be presenting a paper in collaboration with Travis Major titled "A challenge for tier-based strict locality from Uyghur backness harmony" at Formal Grammar 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria from August 11th - 12th. The paper can be found here.
I'm a third year PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at UCLA. I'm generally interested in understanding language as something that takes place within, and hence is constrained and shaped by, the human body. More specifically, I'm interested in the evolution of human language, language acquisition (primarily from a phonetics/phonology perspective), the interface between phonetics and phonology, speech motor control, and using computational methods to inform and validate linguistic theories. Lately I've been looking into how characterizations of formal complexity in phonology can help inform and constrain phonological theory.
From more of an engineering perspective, I'm excited about the prospect of applying more linguistically-informed models to natural language processing tasks, and whether this can improve performance on languages with a small written footprint.