I am a postdoctoral fellow in computational pragmatics at the Ohio State University. My research ties together game theory, information theory, formal pragmatics and computational modeling to shed light on a number of phenomena related to meaning in language use. This includes game-theoretic modeling of pragmatic reasoning, information structure and dialogue, as well as computational models of early word learning and applications of pragmatic theory to intelligent computer systems. I am also interested in the interaction between pragmatics and grammar, and where to draw the line between properties of the language faculty and properties of a more general pragmatic competence. Broadly, my goal is to create computationally simple models of language use that give us insights into why people say what they say and don't say what they don't say. I am currently exploring the role of cognitive biases in pragmatic reasoning, and using computational modeling to assess theories of how prosody determines speaker commitments in discourse.

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