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About Me

I'm a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Linguistics at New York University. 

My primary line of work is in phonology & computational modeling, but I'm also interested in neurolinguistics, phonetics, second-language acquisition, and language variation.

More specifically, my recent research has focused on typological approaches to metrical phonology and the asymmetries that emerge from these typologies, especially the cases of stress clash in quantity-insensitive languages. I am also interested in the cognitive underpinnings of the perception of speech sounds, and am working on a collaborative project using MEG to investigate the effect of speech rate on phonological commitment and memory. These projects are tied together under broader questions about what the underlying timekeepers of speech sounds might look like (that is, the 'rhythm' part of what's sometimes referred to as the stress/rhythm distinction). 

I graduated in 2017 from Washington University in St. Louis with my B.A. in linguistics, Spanish, and music. My senior honors thesis (titled Generating Phenomenal Accent Patterns for Typological Analysis) applied theoretical distinctions from music theory to linguistic metrical stress theory via a computational approach. This project was advised by Brett Hyde and Kristin Van Engen. 

In my non-academic time, I'm a performer, writer, and audience member for various kinds of music and other performing arts. I also enjoy cooking and writing about food, and you can sometimes find me at an open mic.

My published food writing can be found here (if you're interested in coffee; pp. 10-12) and here (if you'd rather read about cheese; pp. 32-35). If you'd like access to my personal essays, shoot me an email.

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