Long before I began my career in higher education, I was interested in language. I was fascinated by the ways that language could be used, from organizing groups of individuals to accomplish great things, to encoding subtle but important social cues. As I entered collegiate and post-graduate studies, I combined this underlying fascination with another remarkable human invention – computers.
Computational Linguistics as a field for me represents not only a set of exciting new tools to facilitate communication between humans, using the latest technological advancements, but also a new tool with which to investigate human language itself.
Much of my research has thus focused not only on developing tools that can help push the current boundaries of what language populations these latest technological advances can reach, but also tools that help linguists in their own pursuits of investigating and describing language itself.