I work on phonology (the sound systems of language) and on the acquisition of phonology. My current research focuses on the use of weighted constraints for the modeling of phonology and its learning, and is supported by an NSF grant held with John McCarthy. I co-direct the UMass Computational Phonology lab with Gaja Jarosz, Robert Staubs and Kristine Yu.
I’m Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. With Lisa Sanders, I co-direct the Cognitive Science Initiative, which brings together faculty and students from across the UMass campus.
I play, write and record music on an amateur basis. You can hear some of it on my SoundCloud page. And for fun here‘s the Cars “Just What I Needed” with some of the words replaced by ones taken from Alan Prince’s writings.