I am interested in the cognitive processes and mental representations necessary for people to effectively produce and comprehend language. I am especially interested in how language-users synthesize information from different levels of linguistic representation (e.g., semantic, syntactic, phonological) in order to produce or comprehend a message. My research makes use of computational and behavioral methods to investigate these questions.
Much of my research has focused on what speech and prosody — the rhythm, intonation, and intensity of speech — can reveal about language processing. In addition, ongoing projects explore how comprehenders treat messages that contain errors, how people represent words that have similar meanings, and what aphasias such as Auditory Verbal Agnosia reveal about the organization of language production and comprehension systems.