Very brief academic history
After studying Sanskrit grammar for many years at UC Berkeley, I received my Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Michigan, where my advisors were Pam Beddor and Janet Werker (University of British Columbia). After Michigan/Vancouver, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2008-2013 I taught at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
My research program covers two major themes: 1) the relationship between phonetic/phonological acquisition in infancy and phonological typology, and 2) the relationship between speech perception and lower levels of cognition (such as visual spatial processing, indexical processing, etc.). More specifically, I'm interested in:
- Infant and adult speech perception
- Acoustic phonetics of infant-directed speech
- Acoustics of typologically rare contrasts
- Language and its intersection with talker phonetics