About me

I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University and a member of the Spoken Syntax Laboratory at the Center for the Study of Language and Information.

Before coming to Stanford, I studied Mathematics and Linguistics towards a BA(Hons) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and worked as a Research Assistant at the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour.

My research interests are broad, covering the topics of gradience and language variation, change and evolution, and their relationship to domain-general cognitive processes, across multiple levels of linguistic description. I am particularly interested in the use of mathematical and computational methods and models alongside experimental and corpus studies to inform and test hypotheses related to the role of probabilistic information in language use.

My dissertation research concerns the connection between asymmetries in spoken word perception and asymmetries in rates of sound change in words of different frequencies. It combines a corpus-based case-study in New Zealand English with psycholinguistic experimentation and computational modeling. I am advised by Dan Jurafsky (principal co-advisor; Stanford), Meghan Sumner (principal co-advisor; Stanford), and Jen Hay (reader; University of Canterbury, New Zealand).