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       Assistant Professor
       Department of Linguistics
       New York University
       10 Washington Place
       New York, NY 10003

       
       Phone: 212-998-8369

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at New York University. My research focuses on computational models of language acquisition. In particular, I investigate how infants learn the sound categories (consonants and vowels) and sound combinations (phonotactics) of their native language. I use a multifaceted approach which involves analyses of speech addressed to infants, computer simulations of language learning mechanisms, and psycholinguistic experiments with human language learners.

Previously, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania. My research at Penn was funded by a 'Rubicon' research grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Before coming to Penn I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Information Retrieval at the University of Amsterdam.

I hold a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Utrecht University (2011), and an M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Amsterdam (2005).

Events

NECPhon 2014: 8th Northeast Computational Phonology Meeting

Research interests

Infant language development, computational modeling, phonological acquisition, speech segmentation, artiļ¬cial language learning, information retrieval.
(See Research for more information.)

Computational resources

StaGe Software Package (SSP) - a set of tools to calculate phonotactic probabilities, to run phonotactic learning simulations and to use phonotactic probabilities and/or constraints to segment transcribed utterances of continuous speech.