I am on leave for the academic year 2015/2016.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at New York University. My research focuses on computational models of language acquisition. In particular, I investigate how infants learn the sound categories (consonants and vowels) and sound combinations (phonotactics) of their native language. I use a multifaceted approach which involves analyses of speech addressed to infants, computer simulations of language learning mechanisms, and psycholinguistic experiments with human language learners.
Previously, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania. My research at Penn was funded by a ‘Rubicon’ research grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Before coming to Penn I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Information Retrieval at the University of Amsterdam.
I hold a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Utrecht University (2011), and an M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Amsterdam (2005).
Computational modeling, infant language development, phonological acquisition, speech segmentation, artiﬁcial language learning, information retrieval.