I am a sixth-year graduate student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Computational Cognitive Science Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. In my research I use computational models, corpus studies, and web-based experiments to investigate how natural language and human cognition shape one another. My advisor is Dr. Tom Griffiths.
My primary research goals are:
I am particularly interested in how people learn and use so-called “function” or “closed-class” words (articles, pronouns, prepositions, etc.), and the significance of these words in historical processes of language change. See Publications and Projects for more details.