I'm a Ph.D student in the department of linguistics. My research aims at discovering how different languages encode meaning and what strategies children use to learn the meaning of words and sentences in their native languages.
I focus on how children learn the meaning of function words such as too, and, and or. The highly abstract meanings of these words pose a challenge to the current theories of word learning.
I am also interested in how languages use different strategies to convey similar meanings. I'm a native speaker of Tehrani Persian and I bring Persian data to bear on semantic theories and enrich our understanding of crosslinguistic variation in meaning.