I am a PhD student at the University of Chicago. I ask this broad theoretical question: how do children learn languages so quickly? One area I’ve focused is how learners use gesture and iconicity to learn language. I am also interested in how learners’ approach to language changes based on context: 1) acquiring language in different modalities (signed vs spoken languages) 2) acquiring language when receiving varied language input (full vs. no language input). Finally, I study how language and gesture impact cognition. I answer my questions by studying gesture, homesign, signed and spoken languages. I primarily work with Susan Goldin-Meadow.

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