Hi there! Nice to meet you.

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Alberta, focusing on Experimental Psycholinguistics. My current research analyzes the influence of extra-linguistic information on speech comprehension. In the recent past, I have also worked on developing the first OCR model for Northern Haida.

I am currently reprising my role as a TA for LING 101 and 320. In the summer, I got to teach LING 101 online as a principal instructor, which was really exciting (for me anyway; hopefully for the students as well).

Besides my research and teaching, I am a passionate urbanism advocate, sitting on the ETS Advisory Board and the board of Paths for People. I have also held various positions within the Linguistics Graduate Students Association (LGSA) executive and am currently their secretary. To see more of what I do on and off campus, read on further below, or have a look at my CV.

I am many things

I am very organized, curious, a quick learner, and I love looking for (and finding!) solutions to problems. I like working with large amounts of data, and I am very passionate about creating safer and more pleasant cities for everyone.

Naturally, I love languages, and I am not scared of code (at least not usually.)

My Research

The Influence of an Individual's Personality on Language Comprehension

We are investigating whether an individual's personality traits, which tend to be glossed over frequently in linguistic research, have a measurable influence on language comprehension. The initial data look quite promising! With Dr. Juhani Järvikivi.

Training & Quality Assessment of an OCR Model for Northern Haida

We have developed the first optical character recognition model for this severely endangered First Nations language with an expansive, non-Latin character set [publication | talks]. With Dr. Antti Arppe, Dr. Jordan Lachler, and Eddie A. Santos.

academic activities

In addition to doing research and being a devoted TA (or even teaching!), I like to be involved at my department. I am currently the Secretary on the Linguistics Graduate Students Association (LGSA) executive, where I make sure meetings are being recorded and their minutes published. I also help organize academic and community-building events.

affiliations

I am a member of two labs, the Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics (CCP), which is equipped with eye trackers, sound booths, and ERP caps to investigate language comprehension and production. In addition, I am a member of the Linguistic Society of America, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Canadian Linguistic Association.

urbanism advocacy

I am passionate about making cities accessible and pleasant experiences for all. I am the Secretary, and a board member, with Paths for People, and I am a member of the Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board. I have also recently completed a Certificate in Management of Urban Infrastructures with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne via Coursera.

My skills

  • academic praat, R, RStudio, E-Prime, DmDX, LATEX
  • programming Python, SQL, MySQL, bash/terminal/console
  • office Microsoft Office Suite, Open/LibreOffice, google docs
  • web development JavaScript, jQuery, php
  • web design (X)HTML, HTML5, CSS3
  • OS's Unix (Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware), Windows, Mac
  • misc Markdown, prezi

So that's me.

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