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
- I’ll be a panelist at a workshop on Connecting Liberal Arts Linguists on June 3.
- Giving a 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. Available here.
- Co-organizing the 15th International Conference on Grammatical Inference (ICGI 2020/21), to be held virtually August 23-27, 2021. For details and the CFP see here.
- ‘Nonderived environment blocking is input strictly local’ under review with Evolutionary Linguistic Theory.
- ‘Unbounded phonological processes as tier-based strictly local functions’ (with Phillip Burness and Kevin McMullin) under review with Glossa.
- ‘Computational universals in linguistic theory: Using recursive programs for phonological analysis’ (with Adam Jardine) accepted for publication in Language.