About

I'm a third year graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley. My research interests are in learnability, computational linguistics and the relation between language & thought. I'm also a member of the Language and Cognition Lab.

Research

Semantic typology of tense systems

Languages differ widely in their grammatical tense systems, but many unrelated languages often share the same system. What explains this wide but constrained variation? With Yang Xu and Terry Regier, we propose that tense systems are shaped to support efficient communication - a need that has recently been shown to explain cross-language semantic variation in the domains of color, kinship, space and number.

Teaching

Spring 2017

Psych C143: Language Acquistion
GSI

An overview of topics and theories in language acquisition, taught by Mahesh Srinivasan.

Fall 2016

Ling 5: Introduction to Language and Linguistics
GSI

An introduction to language as linguists see it, taught by Larry Hyman.

Summer 2016

CogSci N1: Introduction to Cognitive Science
Instructor

An introduction to cognitive science.

Spring 2016

Ling C142: Language and thought
GSI

A seminar exploring the relation between language and thought, taught by Terry Regier.

Fall 2015

Cog Sci 1: Introduction to Cognitive Science
GSI

An introduction to cognitive science, taught by Terry Regier.

CV

MA in Linguistics

UC Berkeley
2015

Diploma in Modern Languages (Arabic)

University of Melbourne
2013

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

University of Melbourne
2013