Department of Linguistics, UC Berkeley
How do young children use the information provided in the world around them to learn speech and language? How do they master complex speech patterns in the face of rapid anatomical change? And what is the status of their phonetic and phonological representations?
To address these questions, I use experimental and computational methods to study human speech patterns, especially making use of large, naturalistic databases of language. I also conduct linguistic fieldwork in southern Bolivia where, most recently, I collected a largescale corpus of bilingual children acquiring Quechua and Spanish.
I am affiliated with the Berkeley PhonLab and the Learning to Talk (l2t) Lab at the University of Maryland. I am also a co-organizer of the pre-PI level DARCLE (Daylong Audio Recordings of Children's Linguistic Environments) international research group.