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Hello there!

I am a Linguistics and Cognitive Science joint PhD Candidate at the University of California, San Diego as part of the Mayberry Laboratory for Multimodal Language Development. Broadly, I am interested in sign language linguistics from psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic perspectives. My main research focus is on the effects of late first language acquisition on phonological processing in American Sign Language. I am also doing work in cross-linguistic sign language phonological typology. If you would like to learn more, please check out my research

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