I study how children acquire language, and in particular, how they learn about meaning. My research has looked at various dimensions of meaning, including children’s understanding of temporal and event semantics (especially the linguistic category of aspect), and their understanding of social indexical meanings coded in dialect and register.  You can see my full CV here.

I am also the chair of the steering committee for the Buckeye Language Network and I direct the Language Sciences Research Lab at the Columbus Center of Science and Industry (COSI) where I collect data and help to educate the public about language and linguistics.