Postdoctoral scholar

I study language and cognition, specifically the relationship between semantic and conceptual knowledge. My goal is to understand how human languages are similar to each other and why these common tendencies emerge. I am an integrationist, bringing together multiple sources of evidence about the mapping from concepts to semantics: cross-linguistic comparison, child language learning, sign language creation, formal analysis and adult psycholinguistics. I focus on semantic structures that encode events, agency and causation.

I am a postdoc at the University of Chicago, working with Susan Goldin-Meadow. I received my PhD in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University, advised by Barbara Landau and Kyle Rawlins.