I am a post-doctoral associate at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) and the Department of Linguistics and a postdoc affiliate of the NACS program. I received my PhD from the University of Oregon in 2019. My research investigates domain-general mechanisms of learning in the language of children and adults by examining the processes of generalization, extension, and productivity. At UMD, I work with Naomi Feldman and Jan Edwards on a collaborative project that aims to model problems with productivity of grammatical morphemes in the speech of children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), with the broader impact of developing more effective interventions for these children. 


  • PhD
    Linguistics, University of Oregon
  • MA
    Linguistics, University of Oregon
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Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
zharmon [at] umd.edu