I specialize in phonology (the sound systems of language) and the acquisition of phonology, and also have interests in broader aspects of cognitive science.

I’m Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I co-direct the UMass Computational Phonology lab with Gaja Jarosz and Kristine Yu and the UMass Initiative in Cognitive Science with Lisa Sanders.

I also like to help facilitate wider scholarly communication. In 2013 I founded the Annual Meeting on Phonology and its proceedings published by the LSA. In 2017 Gaja Jarosz and I founded the Society for Computation in Linguistics, which also has an open access proceedings. Gaja and I have also run Phonolist since January 2016, and started the Northeast Computational Phonology Circle in 2007.


I play, write and record music on the side. My main project is Les Dérailleurs – follow the link for recordings, videos, and upcoming shows. I also play in the Headless Relatives with linguist friends:  here‘s the Cars “Just What I Needed” with some of the words replaced by ones taken from Alan Prince’s writings.