Postdoctoral scholar

I study the development of semantics: how concepts about agency, causation and tool use are expressed in language and learned by children. My research is guided by several interrelated goals:

  • Develop theories of semantic knowledge
  • Discover how children learn these meanings
  • Address how meanings are expressed in gesture and emerging sign language
  • Understand semantic variation: how similar meanings are expressed differently across languages
  • I am currently a postdoc at the University of Chicago, working with Susan Goldin-Meadow. In Spring 2013, I received a PhD in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University, where I was advised by Barbara Landau and Kyle Rawlins.