I'm a sixth-year Doctoral Candidate in Linguistics at Harvard, pursuing a secondary degree in Mind, Brain & Behavior. My primary advisor is Prof. Jesse Snedeker. I'm a member of the Snedeker Lab (part of the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies, Psychology) as well as the Meaning & Modality Lab led by Dr. Kathryn Davidson (Linguistics).
My research interests in linguistics are in semantics and its interfaces with pragmatics and syntax. As a cognitive scientist, I'm also interested in how language interacts with other cognitive domains including social, event and numerical cognition, as well as domain-general processes. My dissertation research explores the linguistic and psychological underpinnings of alternatives (i.e., possibilities) and scalar phenomena as manifested in natural language. It deals theoretically and experimentally with the scalar quantifiers only, even, and scalar interpretations of number words. You can read more about my dissertation project here.
In my experimental work, I use eye-tracking and other methodologies from cognitive and developmental psychology to study online language comprehension in adults and children. In my theoretical work I bring data from under-studied languages such as Malayalam (of which I'm a native speaker) to bear on mainstream linguistic theorizing.