Department of Linguistics
3125 Campbell Hall, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
- I will be giving a presentation titled "Quantal biomechanical effects in speech postures of the lips" at the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 2019 in Melbourne, Australia, from August 5th to August 9th. This is a collaboration with Bryan Gick, Chenhao Chiu, Erik Widing, Francois Roewer-Despres, Sid Fels, and Ian Stavness. The accompanying proceedings paper can be found here.
- I will be presenting "A phonological model of Uyghur intonation" at the ICPhS Satellite Meeting on the Intonational Phonology of Typologically Rare or Understudied Languages in Melbourne, Australia on August 4th. This is a collaboration with Travis Major.
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 the perspective of a linguist, I'm excited about the prospect of applying new computational techniques to old linguistic problems. 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. I think the worlds of linguistics and NLP have a lot to offer each other.