I'm an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland with a focus in computational psycholinguistics. My research uses methods from statistics, machine learning, and automatic speech recognition to formalize questions about how people learn and represent the structure of their language. I primarily use these methods to study speech representations, modeling the cognitive processes that support learning and perception of speech sounds in the face of highly complex and variable linguistic input. I also computationally characterize the strategies that facilitate language acquisition more generally, both from the perspective of learners, and from the perspective of clinicians.


  • PhD
    Cognitive Science, Brown University
  • MA
    Linguistics, University of Vienna
  • BA
    Biological Sciences and Linguistics, University of Chicago
Research Methods
Computational Modeling
Mathematical Modeling
Corpus Analysis
Research Interests
Computational Psycholinguistics
Computational Cognitive Science
Speech Processing
Language acquisition

Current Students

Dr. Naomi Feldman
1413A Marie Mount Hall
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
nhf [at] umd.edu