I'm currently a postdoctoral fellow in Linguistics at the University of Connecticut, which I joined after receiving my PhD in 2011 from the University of California, San Diego. Speaking very broadly, I am interested in this unique capacity that humans have to understand the infinite meanings (semantics) that we can convey with language, and how these meanings change in different contexts (pragmatics). I'm especially interested in how meaning is conveyed across (signed and spoken) modalities, and try to ensure that my questions are grounded in a strong theoretical framework while making use of current psycholinguistic experimental methods. My primary research areas are:
- Semantics and Pragmatics
- Signed Languages
- Language Acquisition
Recent projects have included work on semantic structures in ASL (conjunction/disjunction, question-answer clauses, and embedded polar questions), experiments on scalar implicatures computed by deaf native and nonnative signers of ASL, the development of number concepts in typically developing preschool-age children, and reference in CODA and CI bimodal bilingual children.