about me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Department at the

University of California, San Diego, heading the

UC San Diego Language Comprehension Lab.


I am interested in how the mind assembles meaning, how this capacity came to be, and how it interacts with other cognitive abilities. I investigate the decisions that speakers face when they wrap their messages in grammar. Speakers make structural choices dozens of times per day, and listeners rapidly process them, make inferences about why something was said in a particular way, and create a representation of the speaker’s intended meaning in their minds. I use a variety of psycholinguistic methods, as well as corpus analysis and computational modeling, to investigate this fascinating interplay of syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and conceptual structure.


(Please email me for a CV.)