Welcome! I am a computational linguist, specializing in theoretical phonology. My research program is focused on identifying the computational properties of phonological grammars and showing how such properties contribute to our understanding of phonological typology and learning. In particular, I demonstrate the role that computational restrictions on input-output maps play in delimiting the set of ‘possible’ phonological processes. These same restrictions also serve as inductive biases that enable efficient learning of such maps from a finite amount of positive data. This work is necessarily inter-disciplinary, combing insights and methodologies from theoretical linguistics, computer science, grammatical inference, and psycholinguistics.
My CV is available here.
Recent and Upcoming Activity
- ‘Long-distance phonological processes as tier-based strictly local functions’ (with Phillip Burness and Kevin McMullin) accepted for publication in Glossa.
- Invited talk at NAPhCxi (postponed from last year) on June 27: ‘What Do We Really Mean by (Non)Iterativity?
- ‘Logical perspectives on strictly local transformations’ (with Steven Lindell) forthcoming in Jeffrey Heinz (ed.), Doing Computational Phonology. Draft version available here.
- ‘Nonderived environment blocking and input-based computation’ resubmitted to Evolutionary Linguistic Theory.
- Panelist at a workshop on Connecting Liberal Arts Linguists on June 3.
- Virtual colloquium talk on May 20 for Tel Aviv University: ‘Formalizing Iterativity and the Computation of Rule Application Modes’.
- Chapter on Metathesis under review with the Blackwell Companion to Morphology.
- ‘Input and output locality and representation‘ (with Adam Jardine) published in Glossa.
- Co-organizing the 15th International Conference on Grammatical Inference (ICGI 2020/21), to be held virtually August 23-27, 2021.
- ‘Computational universals in linguistic theory: Using recursive programs for phonological analysis’ (with Adam Jardine) accepted for publication in Language.