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.