I am PhD candidate in the Linguistics department at UMass Amherst. I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2014 with a major in Linguistics and a minor in Computer Science.
My research explores meaning in natural language from a variety of methodological frameworks: fieldwork on under-documented languages of North America; experimental work on temporal reference; and computational modeling of perspective.
My research focuses on context-sensitive expressions: words whose meaning changes depending on who is speaking to whom, and in what context. More broadly, I am interested in how conversation participants use their knowledge about each other's mental states. Do speakers accommodate their listeners visual perspectives on the scene? Do listeners use their knowledge of a speaker's opinions to better interpret their sentences?
Exploring these questions in language helps us better understand general cognitive behavior such as theory of mind (our beliefs about other people's mental states). They are also very challenging aspects of language for artifical intelligence to grasp, because they are situational, grounded, and interactive.