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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.

I’m Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. With Lisa Sanders, I co-direct the recently founded Institute for Computational and Experimental Study of Language, which brings together faculty and students from 5 UMass departments.