I am an assistant professor in linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Broadly, I study how people speak and understand languages from cognitive science perspectives. That is, my research aims to understand what is going on in speakers’ and comprehenders’ mind as they use languages. More narrowly, I study how speakers and hearers assemble sentence structures using their knowledge of grammar. Sentence structures connect form and meaning, so speakers and hearers must mentally assemble sentence structures to avoid misunderstanding and producing gibberish. My research focuses on the nature of the mental mechanisms that allow us to assemble sentence structures quickly and efficiently during real-time comprehension and production.
I am running Grammar And Processing (GAP) lab. If you are interested in joining the lab, please contact me via email.
Here’s my CV (updated: 2.20.2020).